|Review: Acid Witch - Midnight Movies|
Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2015
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 14, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.43/5 (88.57%) (7 Votes)
Acid Witch is a psychedelic Death Metal band from Michigan that has largely flown under my radar until this 2015 EP titled Midnight Movies. The band, which appears to adhere to no set genre restrictions, and cheers to them for that, focuses on cover versions of 80s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal songs from horrible (in a good way) 80s horror movies. You've got Fastway's "After Midnight" from Trick or Treat, 45 Grave's "Partytime" featured in Return of the Living Dead, "Soldiers of the Night" from the band Black Roses and the film of the same name and "I'm Back" from Rocktober Blood and the band Sorcery. They are all strung together with a variety of dialogue likely lifted from the same films the songs were originally associated with.
Most of these songs sucked back in the day and still suck today (though I admit to being a Fastway fan) and the Acid Witch versions aren't any better. As I said, the band doesn't stick to any one style but the result is an unfocused and unpleasant listening experience as they take songs written with the melodic sensibilities of the 80s and grind them up with Death Metal vocals, Doom tempos and terrible clean singing. I get the band is trying to put their own spin on things but it just doesn't work. Listening to "Partytime" is like listening to Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir croaking the Beastie Boys "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" If that sounds good to you, rock on. Personally, I get what Acid Witch is going for but it simply doesn't work.
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