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Nothing as the Ideal
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2020 (2020-09-04)
RecordedMarch 2020
StudioAbbey Road
LabelNew West
  • All Them Witches
  • Mikey Allred
All Them Witches chronology
Nothing as the Ideal

Nothing as the Ideal is the sixth studio album by American psychedelic rock band All Them Witches. It was released on September 4, 2020, through New West Records.

Background and production

After the release of 2018’s ATW, All Them Witches drummer Robby Staebler converted his Nashville home into a studio, which proved creatively uneventful for the band, who recorded only one track there. The band decided to hire Mikey Allred, who had previously produced 2015’s Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, to help record their sixth studio album. After two months of writing, All Them Witches recorded Nothing as the Ideal in March 2020 at Abbey Road Studios.[1]

Composition and themes

Nothing as the Ideal has been classified as a stoner rock and neo-psychedelia album.[2][3][4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Classic Rock[7]
Dead Press![8]
The Line of Best Fit9/10[4]
New Noise Magazine[9]

Nothing as the Ideal was met with mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Nothing as the Ideal has an average score of 85 based on five reviews.[5]

Tyler Damara Kelly of The Line of Best Fit compared Nothing as the Ideal to the works of Kyuss and Tool, and praised how All Them Witches were able to retool as a trio, with „each musician being undoubtedly proficient in their craft and able to create with a dynamism that is truly unparalleled“.[4] James Christopher Monger of AllMusic, similarly, praised how the remaining band members „have crystallized their signature amalgam of improvisation and songcraft into an exclamation point where every soaring lead, snare crack, and mechanical whirr feels essential“.[6] Nicolas Perez of Paste said that the absence of keyboard was „barely noticeable since the songs have no uncomfortable gaps“.[2]

Certain critics highlighted the epic nature of the album, and individual tracks within. Polly Glass of Classic Rock said that, particularly with the addition of „See You Next Fall“ and „Rats in Ruin“, Nothing as the Ideal „feels as much like a film soundtrack as it does a hooky rock’n’roll album“.[7] Graeme Marsh of musicOMH added that the two longest tracks on the album „top nine minutes yet leave you dissatisfied that they didn’t last twice as long“.[3] John Moore of New Noise Magazine said that the album, „though it might take a few cycles to catch, is a wildly satisfying experience“.[9]

Some reviewers criticized a perceived lack of experimentation and originality on Nothing as the Ideal. Shawn Donohue of Glide said that Nothing as the Ideal was „an excellent sounding but slightly flat affair as the band settles into life as a trio“, and that the „sound experiments and tape collages“ in the album „feel tacked on to spruce up a standard number more laboriously“.[10] Tom Morgan of Dead Press! compared certain tracks to Mastodon, Royal Blood, and Led Zeppelin, before asking, „Why bother to even emulate these artists and sounds from so long ago?“[8]

Track listing

All tracks are written by All Them Witches.

Standard edition track listing[11]
1.„Saturnine & Iron Jaw“6:49
2.„Enemy of My Enemy“3:29
4.„See You Next Fall“9:50
5.„The Children of Coyote Woman“3:36
7.„Lights Out“3:13
8.„Rats in Ruin“9:10
Total length:48:43


Information taken from the Nothing as the Ideal liner notes.[11]


Chart performance for Nothing as the Ideal
Chart (2020)Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12]70
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13]56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14]30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15]57
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[16]25
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[17]15
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[18]11
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[19]7


The album is widely available on most streaming services, but was also sold as a Digital Download from the band’s website, as well as offered on Compact Disc, Vinyl, and Cassette Tape.[20]

Available on Vinyl in the following formats:
EditionVinyl ColorWeightAvailability
New West ExclusiveOpaque Green140gSecond-Hand Only
Special Edition Picture DiscPicture180gSecond-Hand Only
Bandcamp Exclusive Deluxe EditionTranslucent Lysergic Purple180gSecond-Hand Only
Limited Edition ColorGreen & Black Galaxy140gAvailable
Standard EditionBlack140gAvailable


  1. ^ Lanham, Tom (September 3, 2020). „All Them Witches on Crafting Grimy Psych-Rock at Abbey Road“. Spin. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Perez, Nicolas (September 8, 2020). „All Them Witches‘ Nothing as the ideal Is an Experimental Reminder That Life Sucks Sometimes“. Paste. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Marsh, Graeme (September 3, 2020). „All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal“. musicOMH. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Kelly, Tyler Damara (September 2, 2020). „All Them Witches prove themselves inimitable and extraordinary on Nothing As The Ideal“. The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  5. ^ a b „Nothing as the Ideal by All Them Witches Reviews and Tracks“. Metacritic. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. „Nothing as the Ideal - All Them Witches“. AllMusic. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Glass, Polly (September 4, 2020). „All Them Witches: Nothing As The Ideal - an enticing feast for psychedelic senses“. Classic Rock. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Morgan, Tom (September 6, 2020). „ALBUM REVIEW: All Them Witches - Nothing As The Ideal“. Dead Press!. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Moore, John (September 3, 2020). „Album Review: All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal“. New Noise. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  10. ^ Donohue, Shawn (September 4, 2020). „All Them Witches Riff Up Its Grimy Psych At Abbey Road Studio Via ‚Nothing as the Ideal‘ (Album Review)“. Glide. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Nothing as the Ideal (booklet). All Them Witches. New West Records. 2020. NW5421.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  12. ^ „ – All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal“ (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  13. ^ „ – All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal“ (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  14. ^ „ – All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal“ (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  15. ^ „ – All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal“. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  16. ^ „All Them Witches Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)“. Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  17. ^ „All Them Witches Chart History (Vinyl Albums)“. Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  18. ^ „All Them Witches Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)“. Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  19. ^ „All Them Witches Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)“. Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  20. ^ „Nothing as the Ideal, by All Them Witches“. All Them Witches. Retrieved 2022-03-14.


Veröffentlichungen von All Them Witches die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Lightning At The Door ¦ Dying Surfer Meets His Maker ¦ Nothing As The Ideal ¦ Sleeping Through The War

All Them Witches auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

All Them Witches

All Them Witches (2014)
Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftNashville, Tennessee,
Vereinigte Staaten
Genre(s)Psychedelic Rock, Blues-Rock
Aktuelle Besetzung
Charles Michael Parks Jr.
Ben McLeod
Robby Staebler
Allan Van Cleave (bis 2018, seit 2021)
Ehemalige Mitglieder
Jonathan Draper (2018)
Sänger Charles Michael Parks Jr., 2014

All Them Witches ist eine US-amerikanische neo-psychedelische Blues-Rockband aus Nashville (Tennessee), die 2012 gegründet wurde. Die Musik zeigt Einflüsse aus den 1960er und 1970er Jahren, insbesondere von Bands wie Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin und Mountain.


Die Band besteht aus dem Sänger und Multiinstrumentalisten Charles Michael Parks Jr. und dem Gitarristen Ben McLeod sowie dem Schlagzeuger Robby Staebler. Sie wurde am 6. Januar 2012 gegründet. Zuvor war der Schlagzeuger Robby Staebler von Portland nach Nashville gezogen, um Musiker für eine Bandgründung zu suchen. Dabei rekrutierte er den Gitarristen Ben McLeod nach einem Treffen in einer Bar. Später stießen Charles Michael Parks Jr. als Frontmann und Bassist sowie Allan Van Cleave als Keyboardspieler hinzu.

2012 veröffentlichte All Them Witches ihre erste selbstbetitelte EP mit vier Titeln. Ebenfalls 2012 erschien ihr Debütalbum Our Mother Electricity beim deutschen Independent-Label Elektrohasch Records, das damit erstmals eine amerikanische Band unter Vertrag nahm. Das zweite Studioalbum von 2013 unter dem Titel Lightning at the Door wurde im Internet veröffentlicht und vertrieben. 2015 veröffentlichte die Band das Livealbum At the Garage. 2015 ging die Band bei New West Records unter Vertrag. In dem Jahr nahm sie ihr drittes Studioalbum Dying Surfer Meets His Maker in sechs Tagen in einer abgelegenen Berghütte mit Blick auf Pigeon Forge in Tennessee auf.

Sleeping Through the War erschien 2017 als viertes Studioalbum der Band. 2018 verließ der Keyboardspieler Allan Van Cleave die Band. Er wurde von Jonathan Draper ersetzt. Nach ihrem Album ATW von 2018 machte die Band ohne Jonathan Draper als Trio weiter. 2020 veröffentlichte die Band Nothing as the Ideal als sechstes Studioalbum, das in den Abbey Road Studios in London aufgenommen wurde.


Der Bandname beruht auf dem fiktiven Buch „All of Them Witches“ (deutsch: Alle Hexen), das eine zentrale Rolle im Horrorfilm Rosemaries Baby von 1968 spielt. Dort wird es als gebundenes Buch mit einem schwarzen Umschlag gezeigt, das auf der Vorderseite mit dem Titel in goldenen Buchstaben versehen ist. Das mit bildlichen Illustrationen versehene Buch wird im Film als ein Werk über Hexerei dargestellt, aus dem die Hauptdarstellerin Rosemarie entscheidende Informationen über einen Satanisten in ihrer näheren Umgebung erlangt.[1]


Erklärung der Daten
Nothing as the Ideal
 DE3011.09.2020(1 Wo.)
 AT7018.09.2020(1 Wo.)
 CH5713.09.2020(1 Wo.)


  • 2012 – Our Mother Electricity
  • 2013 – Lightning at the Door
  • 2015 – Dying Surfer Meets His Maker
  • 2017 – Sleeping Through the War
  • 2018 – ATW
  • 2020 – Nothing as the Ideal
  • 2021 – Live on the Internet


  • 2013 – Extra Pleasant
  • 2014 – Effervescent


Commons: All Them Witches – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. All Of Them Witches (book) in Rosemarys Baby Wikia
  2. Chartquellen: DeutschlandÖsterreichSchweiz


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