Acid Witch – Rot Among Us

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Reviewed: November 2022
Released: 2022, Hells Headbangers Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis

Psychedelia can find its way into any kind of metal genre, given that its late 60s form was a major influence on the guys who pioneered the earliest forms of metal. But psychedelic death metal is not one particular sub-genre I am familiar with.

However, said sub-genre now has a place in my heart as one that offers interesting takes on classic psychedelic-related topics such as horror stories or drugs because of a band from Detroit who knows how to balance the highs and lows of said sound.

Acid Witch has returned with their latest release “Rot Among Us”, which suggests a trip into a world of ghouls, ghosts, goblins and the undead. And if that’s what you like in your stoner, doom, psychedelia and death metal, you’re in for a treat. The fusion of 12-bar blues and the hysterical vocals will have you picturing witchcraft-themed b-movies with soundtracks composed on a cobwebbed Hammond organ.

Imagine if The Doors were still going today and they fused some of the basics of death metal with the hazy, acidic tunes that put them into rock history and you’ll come up with Acid Witch. They sound nothing like Jim Morrison and his ilk but you can see that these are a bunch of dudes who love to obsess over cheap horror movies, and pulp fiction and long to have been there in the days of Woodstock.

If you’re one who loves both death metal, doom and the darker side of the hippie world then you’ll love Acid Witch who’s raised a good number of zombies to attend a weed-fuelled party in the middle of the woods accompanies by the most brutal metal imaginable.


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Tracklisting:

1. Gather Each Witch
2. Rot Among Us
3. The Sleeper
4. Psychedeathic Swampnosis
5. Devil’s Night Doom
6. 5508 Martin St
7. Evil Dad (Dad by Dawn)
8. Tommyrotters
9. Chelsea Didn’t Come Home Last Night
10. Gundella the Green Witch

Band line-up:

Tim “Shagrat” Jenkins – Vocals, bass
“Slasher” Dave Monastiere – Vocals, keyboards
Phil Warren – Drums

Band Websites:

acidwitchofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/acidwitchofficial/