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[[caption-width-right:345:Left-to-right: (back) Mike Sanchez, Jimmy Kyle, Dax Riggs, (front) Audie Pitre, 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 disbanded 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}}.

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[[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

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[[folder: Studio albums: ]]

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

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!!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 his own solo albums, and Sammy went on to play guitar for Music/{{Crowbar}} and Goatwhore.
* 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.
* LyricalDissonance: The songs "Scream of the Butterfly" and "Bones of Baby Dolls" are smooth, acoustic songs with rather horrifying lyrics.
* 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, and even some No Wave and early industrial.
* OdeToIntoxication: "Paegan Love Song", which was written about an incident where they were offered datura on a beach in Florida, partook of it, tripped balls, and woke up on the beach in a haze after the trip had concluded.
* {{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.
* 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 song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlDxcLKDgNk "Say Goodnight to the World"]] to [[http://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.
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