|Review: Acid Witch - Stoned|
Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2010
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: December 6, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.63/5 (72.59%) (27 Votes)
I am leery of any band who have a drug reference in either their name or album title, as it is in inarguable fact that music about drugs is only interesting to people who use drugs. And let's just say I have no interest in music about drugs. Still, there are certain elements of the whole 70s/stoner/witchcraft/horror movie vibe that I do like, and some bands like Elder or Jex Thoth have mined some good shit out of this vein. So, this is the second album from Acid Witch, who are taking the interesting approach of using a Sabbathy riff style with a gargly, almost Death Metal vocal attack.
If a band is going to do the whole Sabbath/Blue Cheer/Cathedral thing they need good riffs, and Acid Witch do pretty well on that front. They get a good guitar sound and thug some pretty groovy licks, though they do have a tendency to repeat themselves too much. The vocals are a deep gurgle, while still remaining understandable, and while I like them, the lyrical structure is rather pedantic, so that the vocals are locked into these tedious rhythms and the music tends to follow them. It is telling that all the best music on here occurs when the vocalist shuts up, as then the band feels free to launch into some groovy, swinging psychedelic riffs and mellotron flourishes that make this sound simultaneously occult and cheesy.
All in all I find this entertaining, but not essential. This band has all the pieces though, and someday they might very well put them together and make something totally badass out of them. This is only their second album after all.
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