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Acid Witch : Stoned

The second full-length of Acid Witch doesn't live up to the expectations.

Before laying my greasy hands on this record, I must admit that I was quite unfamiliar with the music of Acid Witch, but considering that they had released their first album on Razorback Records (a label that the 80s slasher fan that I am hold in deep respect), I thought this would be the kind of stuff likely to please me. Think about it: a mix of Stoner/Doom and Doom/Death, with a touch of horror movies’ influences? Impossible not to like it!

The result, while being pretty true to what I was expecting soundwise, lacks something. Let's analyse it: musically, it sounds as if Solace and Winter had decided to join forces to record something together, with Will Rahmer handling the vocal duties and providing the samples. There's everything here to make any Stoner freak and horror junkie happy: memorable choruses ('Thundering hooves', 'If hell Exists', 'Metal Movie Marijuana Massacre Meltown' aka the best idea for a song title I've seen in 2011), plenty of good smoky riffs ('Witchfynder Finder', 'Stoned To The Grave'), some creepy keyboards that would be the pride and joy of Goblin ('Satanic Faith' and 'Stoned To The Grave', arguably the best song on the album)... and an impressive lack of ideas.

Because, as fun as it sounds, Acid Witch just do one thing: they produce a massively stoned and doomed version of Mortician. OK, you'll find no Grind parts in 'Stoned', but the basics are the same. Which means that, like Mortician, nearly all the tracks sound alike - apart from a few ones (again 'Stoned To The Grave', that is so full of great ideas that I just can't help thinking that a full-album of this level would have already been in my personal 2011 Top 10 list). This is far from being really bad, but this is just an avalanche of clichés that rarely live up to what the promo sheet promised (I'm still wondering where the Crust parts are and if the hardcore worshippers of Deep Purple, Witchfinder General and Trouble really will actually LIKE this album).

'Stoned' is not a bad album, it's just a lazy one ('Doom/Death with horror- and pot-influenced moods for dummies'). If, like me, you have a soft spot for bands influenced by the 80s slasher/gore flicks, or if you have never ever listened to Hooded Menace (who overshadow them in all aspects), you'll manage to find one thing or two here worthy of praise. Then you'll get 'Never Cross The Dead’ and 'Stoned' will land somewhere on a shelf and start taking the dust... maybe next time, they'll do a full album as good as the song 'Stoned To The Grave': this is what I hope it'll sound like.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
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

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-02-20 by Laurent Lignon
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