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Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations
01. Intro
02. Into the Cave
03. Swamp Spells
04. Witchblood Cult
05. The Black Witch
06. WItchtanic Hellucinations
07. Beastly Brew
08. Cauldron Cave
09. Rabid Werewitch
10. Realm of the Wicked
11. Witches' Tits
12. Broomstick Bitch
13. October 31st
2008 Razorback Records

Reviewed by: Rob Parker   //   Published: 1/15/2009

With the release of Hooded Menace's "Fulfil the Curse", Coffins' "Buried Death" and a slew of other great albums, it's safe to say that doom metal is alive and well in 2008. And as much as I enjoyed the aforementioned releases, it was Acid Witch's debut, Witchtanic Hellucinations that stole the show for me. The sheer hours I killed listening to this album in the last few months are staggering and rather surprising, considering the album's overt horror theme, replete with cheesy Halloween background noises and Crypt Keeper-styled intro.

Now, I love horror flicks as much as the next depraved hooligan, but let's face it: horror-themed metal has, by and large, fallen prey to the same tendencies that created hair-metal in the 80's: all spectacle, no substance. But let's not throw the blackened foetus out with the cauldron water. For every clutch of derivative Cradle of Filth-aping asshats, there has to be at least one band that gets the delicate balance of cheesy humour, technical chops and menacing atmosphere right.

My friends, Acid Witch are unquestionably that band.

Okay, so Acid Witch peppered Witchtanic Hellucinations with a slightly overbearing amount of sound effects that appear to be lifted from a dollar store cd of Halloween music, and song titles like "Witches' Tits" and "Rabid Werewitch" will make the, ah, serious metal fan cross their arms and furrow their brow in admonishing fury - so what All of this is rendered completely moot by the band's phenomenal sense of songwriting. At any moment, Acid Witch`s distorted, doomy trudge can give way to some brilliantly atmospheric synth lines or a catchy, fuzzed-out solo. This serves to give every track its own sense of identity in a genre that can often fall prey to sounding too one-dimensional and dirge-ridden for its own good.

The album isn't 100% perfect, of course. There isn't a whole lot of variation of the vocals (although they're exceptionally deep death metal growls that fit in perfectly) and the Halloween sound effects wear slightly thin after repeated listens, but these are meager gripes at best when taken in the context of the phenomenal instrumentation and effective dynamics of the album. Razorback has a serious gem on their hands.

Bottom Line: Witchtanic Hellucinations is, without question, one of the finer releases of 2008, and a must-have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of doom, death or, hell, metal in general. Yeah, it has its flaws, but the sheer exuberance Acid Witch have for the material shines through with their deft execution of an artfully constructed but fun as hell album.

ROB PARKER IS A FAGGOT_   posted 3/1/2009 3:18:21 AM
Seriously? "Doom metal"? "Witchtanic Hellucinations"?
I bet you listen to ICP you dck munching gay.
god_damn_   posted 2/4/2009 12:47:12 PM
what the f*ck is this awful pile of shit
tylerdurdentylerdurden_   posted 2/3/2009 3:11:38 PM
TonyIommi_   posted 1/25/2009 5:34:12 PM
halomoshisafagget_   posted 1/23/2009 7:59:58 PM
Emmure is f*cking garbage. you think that shit is tough? that shit is pssy

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