Released: 2015, Hells Headbangers
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Shrouded as much in mystery as they are bongwater resin, Detroit’s Acid Witch are celebrating Halloween early this year with a new EP, MIDNIGHT MOVIES. Casting aside their usual inclinations towards hellucinogenic doom/death, the Witch is opting instead for spandex, leather and Aqua Net as they cover a selection of tunes culled from their favorite metal minded 80’s slasher flicks. Yeah, it’s gimmicky, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun.
For those of you who remember cinematic gems like Rocktober Blood or the original Trick or Treat (if not, they’re both fully available on YouTube), you’ll appreciate the novelty of these surprisingly faithful renditions of Sorcery’s “I’m Back” and Fastway’s “After Midnight”. If you didn’t know that these were covers, it’d be easy to think they were just cheeky genre parodies, but this was what metal was all about in the 80’s; hard driving, hard drinking, hard partying anthems of teenage rebellion – and that’s the way we liked it. “Soldiers of the Night” comes from Black Roses, the flick and fictional band from the movie, invoking the kind of majesty that only synth driven power ballad can produce (think Vinnie Vincent Invasion’s “Love Kills”). As good as these first three tracks are, you’ll be forgiven if you skip right to “Partytime”. Originally recorded by 45 Grave, but better known as the signature tune from the 1985 classic Return of the Living Dead, the Witch delivers a take as good, if not better than the original. "Do You Wanna Parr-Tahy?!" Hells yes, I do; thanks for the invitation. Incidentally, there's also a totally NSFW companion video for the tune that's basically a four minute compilation of indie horror's more gruesome and graphic kills. If you're any kind of horror fan, you'll love it.
MIDNIGHT MOVIES is a short but fun blast from the past. It’s a departure from Acid Witch’s usual bag of tricks, but it’s an even better release because of it. MIDNIGHT MOVIES is a love letter to a generation of metal and horror that has long since passed, but the tunes and the kills still hold up some 30 years after the fact. I defy you to sit through MIDNIGHT MOVIES without at least cracking a smile and throwing some horns. Go ahead, I'll wait.