Spooky season has come to an end but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to wait for next October to celebrate your favorite horror films and music. But the latest album by Michigan’s death doom crafters Acid Witch kept their spirit alive and well after a five-year gap of their last album Evil Sound Screamers was released, this band have kept themselves occupied into creating their most hallucinating, ever-singular and psychedelic sounding albums they’ve done to date. Musically speaking, Acid Witch’s style is incorporating elements of death doom well as adding psychedelic and horror flim inspired soundtrack melodies which this record showcases the band to deliver another dark, haunting and delirious addition into Acid Witch’s embodiment of work.
This album is also released by Hells Headbangers and truth be told, the moments you hear the screeching introduction soundscapes of The Sleeper, Chelsea Didn’t Come Home Last Night and Evil Dad (Dad By Dawn) to 70’s and 80’s slasher esque arrangements of Tommyrotters, their inspirational themes for vicious witchcrafts, horror themed lyricism and hallucinogenic drugs with a psychedelic Halloween atmosphere to the music not only is extremely dark and atmospheric at times, but the musical compositions and naturalistic instrumentations portrayed the diabolical, stoner-doom esque guitar melodies and the European gothic metal tonalites took their boundaries to a whole new dimensionality. As previously said, the instrumentals are absolutely on point with no repetitiveness required as the band took old school rock influences but into a much more deeper, horrific and mysterious substances of catatonic goodness.
They’ve also imported samples combining acoustic leads, well driven keyboard signatures and dominant heavy metal refineries may have seem to be overwhelming at first, but upon glancing the album’s over-the-top manifesting musicality, this album will engage the listener being strapped into a hallucination so harsh and disturbing that your ears will be poorly treated by the band’s panoply of sounds is extremely thrilling. This album has British wave of heavy metal, doom and death metal compositions written all over it as Rot Among Us is a memorable picture years down the road will make any metal fan feel isolated and catastrophic.
Overall score -9/10
Review by Jake Butler