Acid Bath

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When The Kite String Pops

Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops ©1994 Rotten Records
1. The Blue
2. Tranquilized
3. Cheap Vodka
4. Finger Paintings Of The Insane
5. Jezebel
6. Scream Of The Butterfly
7. Dr. Seuss Is Dead
8. Dope Fiend
9. Toubabo Koomi
10. God Machine
11. The Mortician's Flame
12. What Color Is Death
13. The Bones Of Baby Dolls
14. Cassie Eats Cockroaches

With either of Acid Bath's two releases, you really can't go wrong, especially if you have an attraction to the Sabbath-drenched Louisiana swamp metal. All at once destructive, emotionally wrenching and as powerful as the remnants of that Cajun dinner you finished a few hours ago, Acid Bath possesses songwriting and playing ability miles beyond that of their brethen. While I prefer 1996's Paegan Terrorism Tactics to this, their debut, there is still quite a bit to recommend regardless. Much of Acid Bath's music is based around thick slabs of guitar warfare revolving around smooth tempo shifts. Meanwhile, vocalist Dax Riggs alternates between a tortured shriek and very strong, moody clean vocals. The somber dirge of "Scream of the Butterfly" is worthy of a chill down the spine. Other tracks like "Tranquilized" are almost booty-shaking material. The best thing about Acid Bath is that they never allow the album to stagnate or regale itself to samey-ness by mid-CD. You owe it to yourself to acquaint yourself with these chaps.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 01/1999

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Paegan Terrorism Tactics

Acid Bath - Paegan Terrorism Tactics ©1996 Rotten Records
1. Paegan Love Song
2. Bleed Me An Ocean
3. Graveflower
4. Diäb Soule`
5. Locust Spawning
6. Old Skin
7. New Death Sensation
8. Venus Blue
9. 13 Fingers
10. New Corpse
11. Dead Girl

Acid Bath's aural experience is akin to placing your head in a bucket of tar and inhaling deeply. Thicker than the air on a muggy southern swamp summer day (at noon, of course) and more of a journey through foggy nights, Lousiana's most underrated Acid Bath completely reminded me what it's all about with their second CD, Paegan Terrorism Tactics. Black Sabbath probably had no clue what they had wrought upon the world with their ultra-heavy vision, no idea that it could be taken to both the extreme of monstrous destruction and solemn edgy beauty. Paegan is a unique path for the listener to take and never once are you adhering to stagnation or boredom. The band's ability to mix somber, echoing passages of tense hollow angst with crushing blows to the cranium is uncanny. Singer Dax Riggs is obviously underrated and the most notable talent in the band. With his ability to scream like the most tortured soul in the depths of sorrow and croon like a morbid blues singer, Riggs carries a humongous weight on his shoulders without once dropping an ounce of the load. His other bandmates aptly move you through the passages of hate, disgust, mourning and tragedy with great ease. Simply put, this is an album that belongs in your collection.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/1998

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