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Not the biggest fan of the "death metal" sound, but this is so all-incorporating, bringing in a LOT of
other elements, that I am able to get past the sometimes "growled" vocals that put me off of most death-metal......maybe half, or a bit more, of this includes "those" vocals, but I wouldn't pass these up on that basis or you miss out some inovative hard rocking stuff.

For the most part, with a few variations, Acid Bath were vocalist/guitarist Sammy Duet, guitarist/vocalist Mike Sanchez, lead vocalist Dax Riggs, drummer Jimmy Kyle, and bassist Audie Pitie......they originated in the early 1990's in, of all places, Houma Louisiana.......

Since I so frequently hear the question, "Yo, Scott, what DO you think Blue Cheer would sound like, were they formed in the 1990's and incorporated a vocalist like the guy from Fear Factory?"......I thought this might answer that question the best, and let all of those who ask rest easy....in all seriousess, it really isn't quite THAT simple, but there are elements of truth there....

Some consider the 1994 debut, "When the Kite Strings Pop" to be an undiscovered classic in hard rock circles....I don't know if I go quite to "classic" status here, but it is a good album, one that incorporates a LOT of different textures to the traditional Blue Cheer-like sludge sound, as well as the classic "death metal sound"....lots and lot of songs about death, drugs, insanity, death by drugs, insanity by drugs, death by insanity....you get the idea......"Tranquilized" is a great one, "Finger paintings of the Insane" is, as well, "Scream of the Butterfly", "God Machine".......and not only THAT but you get to sample titles like "Dr Suess is Dead", "The Bones of Baby Dolls", and "Cassi Eats Cockroaches", which samples the great movie "A Clockwork Orange", a smart move for which the guys deserve credit......I give this a four star rating, which may surprise you if you know my history. Fun bonus: The cover art was a painting done by John Wayne Gacy while on death row!

Two years hence came "Paegan Terrorism Tactics", a quite good follow up, covering much the same subject matter......the opening "Paegan Love Song" is a good'n, as are "Dead Girl" and the weird          " Graveflower".....also a couple pieces of spoken-word poetry serve to further elevate the weirdness factor here. Fun bonus: the cover art is from Dr Jack Kevorkian!

Unless someone has a super-rare live disc or something, the only other thing that I have is a fairly readilly avilable demos set, "Demos 1993-96", which includes rough (!) versions of many of the tracks from the two official releases.....for fans, but I've never really known a "fan"this weird band.....

I like em though.....listened to "Kite Strings" today and it is a complex, innovative, hard rocking album with some totally bizarre time changes........please check it out, you just might like thisya do, then be sure and check out the other crumbs I've left here.......really, different AND pretty damn good!

WHEN THE KITE STRINGS POP-01 The Blue/02 Tranquilized/03 Cheap Vodka/04 Finger Paintings of the Insane/05 Jezebel/06 Scream of the Butterfly/07 Dr Suess Is Dead/08 Dope Fiend/09 Toubabo Koomi/10 God Machine/11 The Mortician's Flame/12 What Color Is Death/13 The Bones of Baby Dolls/14 Cassie Eats Cockroaches

PEAGAN TERRORISM TACTICS-01 Paegan Love Song/02 Bleed Me an Ocean/03
Graveflower/04 Diab Soule/05 Locust Spawning/06 Old Skin/07 New Death Sensation/08 Venus Blue/09 13 Fingers/10 New Corpse/11 Dead Girl/12 (Hidden Track) The Beautiful Downgrade

DEMOS 1993-96-01 Dr Suess Is Dead/02 What Color Is Death/03 Scream of the Butterfly/04 God Machine/05 The Mortician's Flame/06 Dope Fiend/07 Finger Paintings of the Insane/08 Jezebel/09 The Bones of baby Dolls/10 Venus Blue/11 Bleed Me an Ocean/12 Graveflower

Links in a little while......I'd really like to know wha you think about this rather unique act......got a request vmail for some Sheavy, thought I had done them before, but a check reveals otherwise...so if I can get it all together tonight, Sheavy it is for Tuesday, if not, Wedensday......LOVE some Sheavy, and who doesn't?!?

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