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Acid Bath was formed in 1991. The band was based south of New Orleans in several small towns including Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City and Galliano. Influenced by thrash metal as well as bands and artists such as Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Celtic Frost, Carcass, Darkthrone[6], they recorded their demo Hymns of the Needle Freak with their manager and producer Keith Falgout in 1993. ... Read more in Amazon's Acid Bath Store

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  • Audio CD (August 9, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rotten Records
  • ASIN: B0000017CA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A death metal rock band from the 90's...and one of my favs - Acid Bath!
Wendell Fraser
From beginning to end, this album is just so easy and great to listen to with the volume turned all the way up.
Jeremy Brackeen
Meanwhile, vocalist Dax Riggs alternates between a tortured shriek and very strong, moody clean vocals.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on May 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The term "underground classic" is one that gets thrown around quite a bit, but Acid Bath's When the Kite String Pops is one recording that can lay almost undisputed claim to the title. Unfortunately, the underground is just as full of ripoffs and one-trick ponies as the mainstream (well, ok, maybe not quite that full), but Acid Bath were one band that managed to stand alone with a distinctive sound that was decidedly ahead of its time in 1994. Between their stunningly tight and efficient musicianship and their flair for variety, one can only imagine what these guys would've accomplished if not for their early demise. When the Kite String Pops is a highly potent slab of controlled substance-fuelled death rock at its most discordantly evil, with songs chock full of tempo and vocal changes, but its unpredictability only serves to enhance the harrowing mood that persists througout its running time. At times brutally scathing, at other times hauntingly melodic, but always profoundly unsettling, this album is a psycho nightmare of epic proportions, with its fourteen pieces of nightmarish sonic impressionism pushing it to about an hour of nearly nonstop punishment.

Although Acid Bath did show some superficial resemblances to such southern metal brethren as Soilent Green and Crowbar, their sound was still their own creation, one that liberally incorporated elements of sludge, thrash, grind, and rock. Few bands have managed to convert angst and disaffection into great music-Neurosis and Godflesh are prominent exceptions-because such emotions tend to result in whiny, self-indulgent tripe, but Acid Bath succeeded where others have failed because their focus never deviated from creativity and songwriting.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Schaefer on February 27, 2005
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I've never bothered to write a review for a CD on Amazon before, partially because I've never had the ambition, but mostly because I know nobody will care what I have to say anyway. However in this instance I feel it is my civic duty to expound on the absolute brilliance of this collection of 14 songs.

I picked this disc up on a whim from a seedy, hole-in-the-wall record store about 6 or 7 years ago. I'd heard the name "Acid Bath" floating around and the J.W. Gacy artwork caught my eye as I thumbed through the metal bin. For 10 bucks, I figured, I might as well. I was 16 and had nothing better to spend my money on. Little did I know at the time I'd be making the most worthwhile music purchase of my life.

Anything I can say in an internet review of the content of this album is a travesty, and couldn't come close to doing it justice. The only thing I can think to say is that I had never before and have never since heard a selection of music crafted so flawlessly (outside of Mozart). There is not a single low point, not a single moment throughout the course of this CD that I would even consider skipping or passing by.

Raw and polished, discordant and harmonious, When The Kite String Pops runs the gamut in all forms of sonic genius. It demands attention and respect from the listener (and a little chemical assistance doesn't hurt), but the reward is an incredible musical experience. Completely flawless.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By No Name on October 29, 2005
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Possibly one of the best albums I've ever listened to. However, Acid Bath is certainly an acquired taste. Brilliantly and beautifully dark and melodic, every song on The Kite String Pops brings something powerful to the table. The band's own style varies, more or less, from song to song with lighter melodies like The Bones of Baby Dolls, and Scream of the Butterfly, and then deathmetal masterpieces like The God Machine and Toubabo Koomi.

I won't rate every individual song, Acid Bath is one of those bands that everyone will have a different favorite. I will tell you my two personal favorites on this disc are Cheap Vodka and Bones of Baby Dolls. All of Dax Riggs's lyrics are written by an unmistakable lyrical style that has its roots in various death metal bands, but also strangely in Leonard Cohen, T-Rex, and the Beatles. The blend of moody lyrical styles with Dax Riggs's own darkness produces something truly unique.

I have heard criticisms of the use of instruments in Acid Bath. I disagree with these, personally, as clearly the drummer is very talented as is demonstrated in many of the songs obviously showcasing him. Mike and Sammy are brilliant guitarists, both of them, with different flares and flavors of darkness... Sammy more deathmetal, and Mike more expert at melodic and smooth dark guitar riffs. Audie, may he rest in peace, used a heavy pick when playing bass, which produced a unique and mysterious, mechanical sound that could only work so well with Acid Bath's music. Plus, you want credibility? These guys lived in Swamps south of New Orleans, in houses on stilts where walking outside meant looking out for alligators. That is just badass.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sliphsc on March 27, 2003
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Every once in a while, I will bother to listen to the radio. When I force myself to do this, I am quickly reminded of why I rarely do: horrible mainstream metal bands. It seems as though all they sing about is how bad their lives are. Acid Bath manages to express their sentiments through, dare I say, poetic lyrics. The result is a truly disturbing album. Although Acid Bath manages to achieve what many metal bands can only make shoddy attempts at, they further distance themselves from the crowd by adding Cajun flavor to their music. This influence is exhibited both lyrically (Jezebel) and musically (Bones of Baby Dolls). I think the common description of the music is "sludgy," which makes perfect sense. Many of the songs begin with a slow first minute or two, then quickly speed-up. All in all, When the Kite String Pops is a splendid metal album. I suggest that if you are a metal fan but are looking for something slightly different from what you already have, go with Acid Bath.
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