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 (deceased)
- 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:
- Bilingual Bonus: "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.
- Breakup Breakout: 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 Crowbar and Goatwhore.
- 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.
- Epic Rocking: 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).
- 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.
- "Cassie Eats Cockroaches" begins with a sample of Alex DeLarge speaking and features Frank Booth screaming about halfway through the song.
- "Diäb Soulé" begins with an audio clip of Jim Jones screaming in a speech.
- Sludge Metal
- Soprano and Gravel: A rare non metalcore example from one man.
- Spoken Word in Music: "Old Skin" and "Ode to the Paegan" from Paegan Terrorism Tactics.
- 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".
- 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 "Say Goodnight to the World" to "Toubabo Koomi" from When the Kite String Pops; it's like night and day.
- Title Drop: In the song "Bones of Baby Dolls" for When the Kite String Pops.