Back in March of this year, Hell’s Headbangers unleashed yet another great addition to extensive, vinyl metal collections everywhere. An interesting mix of doom and classic death, the Nunslaughter and Acid Witch 7 inch split entitled “Spooky” is an off-color hymn to “stoners” everywhere. The artwork hints at the tongue in cheek nature of the album. Reminiscent of 1970’s Tales From the Crypt comic this album art is unique and eye catching. The artwork, the sound, the feel of this split is definitively “gitchy” and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which makes it a great feel good listen, the kind of music perfect for blazing.
Acid Witch capture the sounds of “spookiness” in the most befitting way on this 7 inch. The opening track, Evil, begins with eerie sounding keyboards and has a sort of muted melodiousness that continues throughout the track, only to be broken up with Shagrat’s gloriously repugnant vocals and Mike Tuff’s classic riffing. Listening to Evil is like hearing a whisper in a haunted house. The keyboards continue throughout the track, organically giving Evil that sort of fun creepiness Rob Zombie’s is always trying to achieve.
Fiends of Old, Acid Witch’s second contribution to Spooky, veers in a different direction. Resurrecting, the classic sounds of Acid Bath and Eyehategod, Acid Witch has managed to make Fiends of Old sound unique by adding their signature keyboard sounds to this heavier doom track. It is perhaps, Slasher Dave’s vocals that make this track most unique with his snotty, tongue in cheek tone. Acid Witch would do well to make their tracks a bit longer. Doom-heads intuitively crave 15 minute long songs. Acid Witch’s three minute long tracks are a bit of a disappointment. I must hand it to Acid Witch though, their sound is original.
Nunslaughter’s addition to “Spooky” doesn’t veer far from the brutal, irreverent death metal Nunslaughter fans have grown accustomed to. “A Sordid Past” and “Spooky Tales” sound very similar to pretty much every song on their classic 2003 release “Goat”. Surprisingly, I wasn’t disappointed by this. Nunslaughter gives their fans what they’re expecting, without alienating them with heavy experimentation. This is one band that will never “go soft” or sell out. You get what you get with Nunslaughter. Simple, three minute, satirically satanic death metal. Their contribution to “Spooky” is no exception.
You can order this awesome 7 inch directly from Hell Headbangers. Fucking do it and support underground metal! For now though, smoke up and enjoy some killer death and doom. Happy Listening. Hails!