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One of the legends of very heavy rock, Acrimony were formed in Swansea in 1991 and were arch exponents of the stoner/metal/psych crossover until their split in 1998.

Heavy metal fans are legendary in their devotion and, with extensive European and UK touring, Acrimony developed their own fanbase to an extent that specialist independent label Godhead Records took them on for their well-received Hymns To The Stone album. They also released its follow-up EP, The Acid Elephant.

Such titles give an indication of Acrimony's marriage of genres. As All Music Guide wrote in their synopsis of the band, "they combined Black Sabbath's heavy metal riffery, Hawkwind's space rock excursions, and Blue Cheer's fuzzed-out psychedelic feedback... and were particularly reminiscent of desert metal gods Kyuss".

The building momentum of the band brought them into the fold of leading doom-orientated label Peaceville. Their second album Tumuli Shroomaroom was critically-acclaimed, scooping the top mark five-Ks review in Kerrang! magazine. They were nominated for the Kerrang! Best Newcomer award in 1996, but lost out to Placebo. Their antics at the award ceremony passed into legend too.

Unfortunately their sales never matched their acclaim, and their devoted fanbase wasn't enough to convince Peaceville to support them. They disbanded in 1998, with intermittent rumours of a reformation coming along every few years since.


Barney from London
I greatly miss Acrimony. After seeing them live in Brighton and hanging out with them at a London show in Kentish town, I wish they were still going. Long live the Magical Mystical Man!

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  • Dorian Walters: vocals
  • Stuart O'Hara: guitar
  • Lee Davies: guitar
  • Paul 'Mead' Bidmead : bass
  • Darren Ivey: drums

Key works

  • Hymns To The Stone (LP, Godhead, 1994)
  • The Acid Elephant (EP, Godhead, 1995)
  • Tumuli Shroomaroom (LP, Peaceville, 1996)

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