Left-to-right: (back) Mike Sanchez, Jimmy Kyle, Dax Riggs, (front) Audie Pitre, Sammy "Pierre" Duet.
Acid Bath was an influential Sludge Metal
band from Louisiana, formed in 1991. Their unique musical style combined sludge with elements of Black Metal
, Death Metal
, 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 Crowbar
- Dax Riggs - lead vocals
- Sammy "Pierre" Duet - guitar, backing vocals
- Mike Sanchez - guitar, backing vocals
- Audie Pitre - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Joseph Fontenot - bass guitar (also an early member of Devourment)
- Jimmy Kyle - drums
- Tommy Viator - keyboards
- When the Kite String Pops, 1994
- Paegan Terrorism Tactics, 1996
Tropes that apply to this band:
- Contemptible Cover - 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.
- Darker and Edgier: The demos are more harsh and abrasive than the "studio" versions of the songs.
- Drugs Are Bad: 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.
- Lyrical Dissonance: The songs "Scream of the Butterfly" and "Bones of Baby Dolls" are smooth, acoustic songs with rather horrifying lyrics.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - Their gentler songs range from 2-5. Their harsher songs span the range from 6 to 11.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: 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.
- Ode to Intoxication: "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.
- Sludge Metal
- Soprano and Gravel: A rare non metalcore example from one man.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion - Partial example from "Paegan Love Song":
- Surprisingly Gentle Song - "Scream of the Butterfly", "Bones of Baby Dolls", "New Death Sensation", "Venus Blue", and compared to some of their more abrasive material "Graveflower".
- Title Drop: In the song "Bones of Baby Dolls" for When the Kite String Pops.