When the Kite String Popsby Acid Bath
Acid Bath's debut is a malicious and sometimes downright disturbing album that defies easy categorization. They stitch together elements of death metal, '70s hard rock, thrashing hardcore punk and Black Sabbath-esque sludge into multi-sectioned songs that are both intricate and often surprisingly melodic. The production, especially the compressed drums and often-processed vocals, adds an industrial feel that increases the album's menacing vibe. "The Blue" kicks things off with a bluesy swamp metal riff before smoothly winding its way through a maze of tempo and riff change-ups, while the closer, "Cassie Eats Cockroaches," weaves spoken word samples and screaming vocals in and out of complex, Southern-flavored death metal riffing and precision double-bass drumming. Elsewhere, the songs range from full-on assaults ("Cheap Vodka" and "Toubabo Koomi") to creepy ballads, namely the goth-tinged "Scream of the Butterfly" and the largely acoustic "The Bones of Baby Dolls." Vocalist Dax Riggs handles this diverse material well, switching between distorted screams and a melodic croon reminiscent of Jim Morrison or Glen Danzig. His not-for-the-squeamish lyrics address such topics as drug abuse, rape, abortion, death, and self-loathing, but for the most part do so in an artful, vividly poetic manner. While it would have been stronger if a few of the weaker songs had been left off, When the Kite String Pops is still an excellent, diverse metal album that remains unlike much else, even years after it release.
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Performance CreditsAcid Bath Primary Artist
Mike Sanchez Guitar,Background Vocals
Audie Pitre Background Vocals
Dax Riggs Vocals
Jimmy Kyle Drums
Sammy Duet Guitar,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsAcid Bath Producer
Spike Cassidy Producer,Engineer
Greg Troyer Producer,Engineer
John Wayne Gacy Art Direction
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I am fortunate enough to live close to New Orleans where these guys performed live and I have been a fan for over 10 years. This is classic stuff that never gets old. Its pretty much indescribable, but I'll try my best. The music is technically very tight and has lots of time changes, great hooks and is sort of spooky, sexy and intense with very beautiful, haunting melodies. Well balanced, clear sound, NOT at all sloppy and full of white noise like most other of the heavier metal bands. Unbelieveably "tough" death metal, but manages to escape being cheesy. The vocalist probably has one of the best (and sexiest) voices I have ever heard. This is not for the sqeamish--the lyrics are downright raw, I'd go as far as vile, yet are very poetic. Violence, aggression,love, death are explored unflinchingly--like the uncovering of pure "id". The sorrow in his voice reveals that underlying the raw despair and violence expressed in the lyrics (and the powerful music), is a fearless portrait of the despair of the human condition and the sorrow of inner emotional pain. I'm not saying they meant to do this, I can't profess to know what they meant to do...but in my opinion the spilling of guts that found it's way into the poetry of the lyrics speaks for itself in a profound sort of way. If you can tolerate the "heaviness" of the music, you will never find another album to even come close to this one within its genre. They are sort of like the Tori Amos of Death Metal. It's rare to find intelligent music where EVERYTHING is close to perfect at the same time--music, lyrics, meaningfulness, and, of course, the voice.