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Acid Witch - Evil Sound Screamers

Acid Witch
Evil Sound Screamers
by Kyle Scott at 22 January 2018, 4:26 PM

Stoner/Doom Metal kings, ACID WITCH clearly love Halloween. In fact, the band loves the holiday so much, they’ve devoted a whole album to it! This being January, Halloween is obviously three months too late (or ten months early), but let’s not be so quick to kill the Halloween spirit with that fact. “Evil Sound Screamers” was released last year on October 31st for maximum spoop, and listening to it definitely makes me regret squandering my Halloween by staying indoors and doing nothing of importance. Sure, I carved a Jack ‘o ‘ lantern, but I missed my chance to dress up. I was going to be a plague doctor, it was gonna look killer…

“Scare Tape” features a sound bite from an old, narrated PSA for Halloween safety. Which is thoughtful of ACID WITCH; in order to have a good Halloween, we should try to have a safe one. The sound bite then takes a weird turn with the narrator introducing a little girl about to carve a pumpkin. The narrator disturbingly asks, “Can you imagine how that knife could slip?” No, I really didn’t want to. The question is repeated and slowed and sped up. Other safety tips are featured like, “Don’t cut across empty lots”, “Don’t leave candles burning in pumpkins for long periods of time”, and of course, be careful of those ubiquitous razor blades in apples, or houses giving out straight-up acid tabs with your candy.

Too late! Someone must’ve slipped you something, because “Mr. Beistle” sounds like a song number from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ that was rejected for being too creepy. It’s a nauseous fever dream of a number that features that all-important fuzzy bass and slow-plodding drums Stoner is famous for. After a search of the name that inspired the song, I discovered that the real Mr. Beistle used to have a stationary company in the 1900s that specialized in cute, kitchy Halloween designs of pretty witches, happy pumpkins, and funny, dancing black cats, and skeletons that are still available to this day on their website. A much less terrifying origin story, for sure. I’m a sucker for song trivia like this. Speaking of which, “Nain Rouge” (French for ‘Red Dwarf’) is a nod to the band’s home town of Detroit Michigan, and its urban legend of a devilish imp creature that roams the city.

The main attraction has to be “Mutilation Mansion” with its creepy, demon vocals growling along with the chorus of the damned, singing of your fate as you tread through a haunted death trap. With eleven albums under their belt, ACID WITCH sounds like they’ve been a part of the Stoner/Doom scene since the genre was founded. It’s hard to believe the band has only been around for eleven years! “Evil Sound Screamers’” vocal style is a lot less throaty than previous albums, and the tempo is cranked down just a hair. Besides that, the rest of the album is virtually unchanged from the rest of their discography. It’s hard to improve on Doom, and why would anyone want to? Halloween may be long over, but in ACID WITCH’s book, it’s only getting started!

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Scare Tape
2. Mr. Beistle
3. I hate Halloween
4. Cheap Gore
5. Nain Rouge (The Red Dwarf)
6. Enter At Your Own Risk
7. Mutilation Mansion
8. Hardrock Halloween
9. Nightmare In A Damaged Brain
10. An Evil Sound Screaming
Lineup:
Shagrat - Vocals and Bass
Slasher Dave – Vocals and Keyboards
Gnarls Charles - Drums
Mike Tuff - Guitars
Record Label: Hell's Headbangers
     


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