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Name = Acid Bath
Background = group_or_band
Houma, Louisiana, US
Years_active = 1991–1997
Agents of Oblivion, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, Goatwhore, Crowbar
Sammy "Pierre" Duet
Acid Bath was an American
sludge metal[ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/10/AR2006021002161_3.html PERFORMING ARTS - washingtonpost.com ] ] [ [http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/stories/DN-changer_0826gl.ART.State.Edition1.420c5d3.html THE CHANGER | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Arts & Entertainment ] ] [http://www.acid-bath.com/bios.php acid.bath - biography ] ] band from Houma, Louisianathat was active from 1991 to 1997. Acid Bath combined sludge metal and doom metal[http://www.makesomenoise.co.za/acid-bath-paegan-terrorism-tactics/ Acid Bath interview by Tyrran Ferguson | Make Some Noise - Music News, Interviews, Reviews, Gigs, Festivals, Classifieds, Free Tickets ] ] [http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=2951 THE METAL OBSERVER - Review - ACID BATH - When The Kite String Pops ] ] with hardcore [ [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:aifixqwhldse allmusic ((( When the Kite String Pops > Overview ))) ] ] , death metal[ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=MWSB&p_theme=mwsb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB828D4BAF75B4C&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM JS Online: Search Archive ] ] , grindcore, stoner metal, blues rock, and even folk in their music. In a "Pit Magazine" interview, vocalist Dax Riggsclassified their sound as "death rock" [http://www.skeletalcircus.com/acidbath/media.php Dax Riggs' Skeletal Circus • Acid Bath • In the Media ] ] (referring to death as a dominant lyrical theme, rather than deathrock).
Acid Bath was an incarnation of two bands, Dark Karnival which featured Audie Pitre and Sammy Pierre Duet, and Golgotha which featured
Dax Riggs, Tommy Viator, and Mike Sanchez. Tommy Viator was later replaced by Jimmy Kyle. Joseph J. Fontenot was the bassist for a short period of time. Tommy Viator and Joseph Fontenot were also members of Audie's band Shrum.
Acid Bath was formed in 1991. The band was based south of
New Orleansin several small towns including Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City and Galliano. Influenced by thrash metalas well as bands and artist such as Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Celtic Frost, Carcass, Darkthrone, they recorded their demo Hymns of the Needle Freakwith their manager and producer Keith Falgout in 1993. The strength of the demo earned them a deal with an independent label . On this label, they released " When the Kite String Pops" (produced by D.R.I.'s Spike Cassidy) in 1994, followed two years later by their second and final effort " Paegan Terrorism Tactics" (produced by Keith Falgout). Neither gained them mainstream success by any means, but both albums earned a degree of underground acclaim. Recently in 2005, they released another album composed of their demos, .
Break up and subsequent projects
After two studio albums, Acid Bath's career came to an abrupt close in 1997 when
bass guitarist Audie Pitreand his parents were killed by a drunk driver. While rumors of another album circulated after the band's end, nothing new surfaced. Dax Riggsand Mike Sanchez went on to perform in the psychedelic doom metalband Agents of Oblivion, releasing one self-titled album in 2000 and disbanding shortly thereafter. Starting in 2000, Riggs was also the frontman for the swamp rockband Deadboy & the Elephantmen, before he began releasing material under his own name in 2007. Sammy Pierre Duet was once a member of Crowbar, but has since left the band. He is now a member of the blackened death metalband Goatwhoreand Ritual Killer and his doom metalband with Kelly Pitre (the brother of Audie) Vual. Audie formed a unique metal band in 1995, blending black metalvocals with the heavy sound of two bassists with no guitars, known as Shrum.
Despite only releasing two albums, as well as a number of radio edits and some label-endorsed bootlegs, Acid Bath have gained a strong underground following (especially in
Louisiana) owing to the unique, experimental nature of their music. Acid Bath are best known for blending extreme, grindcore-influenced sludge metalwith a mixture of death growlsand melancholic goth/ grunge-style vocals and acoustic guitar passages, as well as use of sampling and the spoken word. Dax Rigg's vocals were processed, which produced an industrialfeel; some other instruments have been processed through industrial effects in their recordings (such as the snare drum on the second half of "New Death Sensation"). Dax Riggs lyrics often display an obsession with death. Inspirations include comic books. All Music Guide's William York has stated that the song "Venus Blue" could have been a radio hit "if not for the graphic lyrics" [ [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:avfpxqlhldfe allmusic ((( Paegan Terrorism Tactics > Overview ))) ] ] . Another facet of their presentation which may not have endeared them to popular sentiment was the use of art by John Wayne Gacy, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Richard Ramirez, and Kenneth Bianchifor the covers of their releases [ [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gxfyxqe5ldfe~T1 allmusic ((( Acid Bath > Biography ))) ] ] .
Albums & Compilations
When the Kite String Pops" (1994)
Paegan Terrorism Tactics" (1996)
* "" (2005)
Wet Dreams of the Insane (Golgotha demo)" (1991)
Acid Bath Live" (1992)
Hymns of the Needle Freak" (1993)
Radio Edits 1" (1994)
Radio Edits 2" (1996)
* "Toubabo Koomi" (1994)
* "Double Live Bootleg!" DVD (2002)
* [http://www.acid-bath.com/ Acid Bath Official Website]
* [http://www.skeletalcircus.com Acid Bath Fansite]
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* [http://myspace.com/acidfuckingbath Acid Bath on]
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