Plenty of bands are spooky, scary, and horrific, but only Detroit’s Acid Witch could be officially described as ‘Halloween metal.’ The quartet, led by horror synthwave maniac Slasher Dave, make stoner doom hung with all the Beistle Co. trappings of All Hallows Eve proper. So given that it’s the first day of our favorite month of the year, we’re stoked to learn that Acid Witch are releasing a new split with New York horror-mongers Vaultwraith, and have dropped the creepy first singles from it!
Acid Witch and Vaultwraith’s new split will be titled Spooky Vol. II, a sequel to the former band’s infamous 2014 split with Cleveland’s Nunslaughter. Each band have dropped one of their two songs from the album, which can be heard via Hells Headbangers’ Bandcamp. Acid Witch’s offering, “Jenifer,” is as perfect a Halloween-tide theme as ever, bringing together killer weed-enshrouded riffs, blood-gargling vocals, and cinematic synths that make one feel as though they’re breaking into a haunted house with their metalhead buddies in an ’80s horror flick. Vaultwraith, meanwhile, go thrashier and sleazier with their song “Prophecy of the Black Spider,” which keeps up their tradition of furious horror-death via a deluge of guillotine licks and stygian bellows.
According to juvenile serial killer Gregory Grandy, who butchered his parents in what police are describing as a ‘satanic rock-n-roll ritual’ before setting himself ablaze, “When the Witch and the Wraith unite, the forces of evil will spread in the form of howling-winds of death and the horror-mood will consume your souls forever until you are nothing but ashes!”
Check out Acid Witch’s “Jennifer” below:
And here’s Vaultwraith’s “Prophecy of the Black Spider:”
Acid Witch and Vaultwraith’s Spooky Vol. II EP drops Sunday, October fuckin’ 31st, and is available for preorder. Vinyl copies of the album ship out on or around Devil’s Night.
Check out the ghoulish cover art below:
Words by Chris Krovatin