I loved their previous effort "Witchtanic Hellucinations", so I figured I'd give this one a listen. The band has gone through a bit of a lineup change since that release so I was a bit skeptical at first. Well, throw that misconception out the door because this release is just as badass if not better. For those of you unfamiliar with the band's sound, think of Satan dropping acid and taking a psychedelic trip back in time to have a few beers with the forefathers of doom and playing their instruments as loud as they possibly can.
Now a little bit about the album. "Stoned" is full of organ heavy psych-tinged songs, complete with horror snippets, wailing guitar tangents, and a coarse throated vocalist. There are plenty of time changes to keep the listener interested along with some of the most bombastic grooves you have ever heard. One of the things on this album that stood out for me was the guitar sound, it just has this heavy-fuzzed out sound that almost sounds like it is a bit over-produced but it absolutley works. The album has a very cohesive feel and will give you the creeps with its spooky and Satanic aura. This album is not for the meek or timid. This is evil doom metal at its finest hour (40:50 to be exact).
What others are saying:
"Acid Witch are back with their follow-up full length album to 2008's "Witchtanic Hellucinations" album titled "Stoned." In 2008, Acid Witch blew some new life into the scene with their very tongue firmly in the cheek tales of Halloween and Witches. The sound was fresh, incredibly heavy and creepy but most important to most listeners, it was an infectious blend of Doom, Death, Psychedelia and cheesy Horror movie soundtracks. Proving that they were more than just a simple novelty act...Read more
"The second full-length from Detroit horror-obsessed doom and rollers Acid Witch might be the most aptly-named album of the year. They called it Stoned. Their first release through the extreme metal imprint Hell’s Headbangers (an appropriate home given Acid Witch’s deathly leanings), Stoned follows on the hooves of the Midnight Mass vinyl-only EP, released just a couple weeks prior, and fleshes out the ideas nascent on 2008’s Witchtanic Hallucinations debut. In many ways, the opening track, “Satanic Faith,” says it all. Spooky organs, horror movie samples, gleeful reveling in devil-worship; it’s all in good fun for the duo of Shagrat and Slasher Dave, and with the level of riffly mischief they get up to on tracks like “Trick or Treat,” there’s plenty of heaviness to back up the lighthearted approach...Read more