[[caption-width-right:345: Left-to-right: (back) Mike Sanchez, Jimmy Kyle, Dax Riggs, (front) Audie Pitre, and Sammy "Pierre" Duet.]]

Acid Bath was an influential SludgeMetal band from Louisiana, formed in 1991. Their unique musical style combined sludge with elements of BlackMetal, DeathMetal, southern rock, and blues rock. While they are pretty much unknown in the mainstream, they have a significant underground fanbase and are considered a cult band by many.

In 1997, bassist Audie Pitre was killed in a road accident by a drunk driver. The band broke up soon afterwards, having released just two studio albums during their short lifespan. Despite the short career, they are considered one of the major bands of the subgenre, alongside more long lived bands like Eyehategod and Music/{{Crowbar}}.


[[folder: Former Members: ]]

* Dax Riggs - Lead vocals
* Sammy "Pierre" Duet - Guitar, backing vocals
* Mike Sanchez - Guitar, backing vocals
* Audie Pitre - Bass guitar, backing vocals (deceased)
* Joseph Fontenot - Bass guitar (Also an early member of Music/{{Devourment}})
* Jimmy Kyle - Drums
* Tommy Viator - Keyboards


[[folder: Studio albums: ]]

* ''When the Kite String Pops'' (1994)
* ''Paegan Terrorism Tactics'' (1996)

!! Tropes that apply to this band:

* BilingualBonus: "Diäb Soulé" and "Toubabo Koomi" are Cajun French (a dialect spoken in very specific parts of Louisiana) for "Drunken Devil" and "Land of White Cannibals," respectively.
* BreakupBreakout: Dax Riggs and Sammy Duet both still work in music as of 2014. Dax went on to front Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy and the Elephantmen before releasing albums and touring under his own name, and Sammy went on to play guitar for Music/{{Crowbar}} and ''Goatwhore.'' Out of the two, Sammy is definitely the more successful, as ''Goatwhore'' has become a solid upper mid level support and general touring machine.
* ContemptibleCover: The artwork they used for their albums was done by several infamous serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, and Kenneth Bianchi. Also, the cover for ''Paegan Terrorism Tactics'' features a rather macabre painting by euthanasia activist, Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The demos are more harsh and abrasive than the studio versions of the songs.
* DrugsAreBad: It's been confirmed by multiple members that the band broke up not just because of Audie's death (though it was the last straw), but also because of severe heroin usage and abuse by virtually everyone in the band.
* EpicRocking: Out of the twenty five songs making up the band's entire discography, thirteen of them hit the five minute mark or go beyond it, with ''Paegan Terrorism Tactic'''s "Dead Girl" being the longest ''Acid Bath'' song, clocking in at about 7:23 (not counting the several minutes of silence between it and the hidden track).
* LyricalDissonance: The songs "Scream of the Butterfly" and "Bones of Baby Dolls" are smooth, acoustic songs with rather horrifying lyrics.
* MohsScaleofLyricalHardness: A 8 at their lightest ("Graveflower"), up to a soft 11. Disturbingly gory, hateful and sad.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their gentler songs range from 2-5. Their harsher songs span the range from 6 to 11.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The highly varied and disparate nature of the individual musical influences of the members manifested itself in the music which, among other things, had elements of death metal, blues, folk, hardcore, crust punk, grindcore, black metal, country, Southern rock, post-hardcore, stoner metal, industrial, and gothic rock.
* OdeToIntoxication: A whole lot of their songs qualify; "Paegan Love Song," in particular, was about an incident on a beach in UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} where someone offered them datura, which they took. The resulting trip apparently lasted for an incredible duration and left them in a haze after it was finally over.
* {{Sampling}}:
** "Cassie Eats Cockroaches" begins with a sample of [[Film/AClockworkOrange Alex DeLarge]] speaking and features [[Film/BlueVelvet Frank Booth]] screaming about halfway through the song.
** "Diäb Soulé" begins with an audio clip of Jim Jones screaming in a speech.
* SludgeMetal
* SopranoAndGravel: A rare non metalcore example from one man.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Old Skin" and "Ode to the Paegan" from ''Paegan Terrorism Tactics.''
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Partial example from "Paegan Love Song:"
--> You scream,
--> I scream,
--> Everybody scream
--> For morphine
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Scream of the Butterfly," "Bones of Baby Dolls," "New Death Sensation," "Venus Blue," and compared to some of their more abrasive material "Graveflower."
** Dax Riggs' material after ''Acid Bath'' also counts, having more in common with the songs listed above than, say, "Jezebel" or "13 Fingers." Don't believe me? Compare his solo songs "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlDxcLKDgNk Say Goodnight to the World]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXjfUkd5Ahg Toubabo Koomi]]" from ''When the Kite String Pops;'' it's like night and day.
* TitleDrop: In the song "Bones of Baby Dolls" for ''When the Kite String Pops.''