Review : ACID WITCH – “Stoned”

Acid Witch – Stoned
Release Date: 2010Oct28 (US)
Label: Hell’s Headbangers
Rating: 4/5

One of my favorite things about doom metal is creative band names. When combined with killer artwork and an occult theme, it’s enough to hook me on a band. Of course, one must consider the musical end of things.  Acid Witch is described as doom metal that doesn’t recycle Black Sabbath riffs.  The promo mentions Witchfinder GeneralTrouble and Deep Purple as potential influences.

“Satanic Faith” opens this album with a creepy, ghastly organ mixed with haunting vocals. Appropriate for an album released around Halloween. “Witchfynder Finder” is an excellent track that sounds similar to Witchfinder General with a nod to Hopkins himself. “Trick or Treat” is also an excellent track with lyrics that are mention serial killers and/or child rapists—not for the faint of heart. Most of the other lyrics are fairly benign in comparison. “Live Forever”puts the focus back on the music, sounding similar to the less-liked Black Sabbath from the Technical Ecstasy album (more NWOBHM/hard rock than doom).

“Whispers In The Dark” opens up the second half of this album with—you guessed it—creepy organ followed by actual whispers. My picks for the second half include “If Hell Exists” (Lots of win here with toe-tapping beats, strong riffs and better execution than the first half), “Stoned To The Grave” (also another strong track with lyrics that contain a twist on stoning witches) and “Sabbath Of The Undead”. “Metal Movie Marijuana Massacre Meltdown” should invoke a fuzzy feeling in anyone that’s ever watched movies in a cloud of green haze, especially with lyrics like these: “seen these movies so many times, turn off the volume cause I know all the lines, so fucking high, just let the stereo play but only if its Lizzy Borden or Fastway“.

Despite a weak start, the second half of Stoned makes it all worthwhile. A fun, enjoyable album for fans of doom, whether it’s traditional or of the stoner variety.

FCC: 2, 3, 5, 9
Try: 6, 7, 8, 10

1. Satanic Faith
2. Witchfynder Finder
3. Trick or Treat
4. Thundering Hooves
5. Live Forever
6. Whispers in the Dark
7. If Hell Exists
8. Stoned to the Grave
9. Metal Movie Marijuana Massacre Meltdown
10. Sabbath of the Undead

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