Acid Bath are a seminal sludge band from the area surrounding New Orleans, Luoisiana. The band only lasted 6 years (1991-1997) while releasing 2 full length albums, plus an early demos compilation. The reason for disbandment is the reluctance of remaining members to carry on with the band after the horrific death of bassist Audie Pitre and his parents when their vehicle was hit head on by a drunk driver.
Acid Bath’s music is heavily influenced by thrash metal and blues, which helps to create a very heavy Pantera-like sound with big riffs and even bigger drums. Some of the more chilled out AB tracks feature acoustic instruments and bluesy vocals. The lyrical themes are, in typical Nola fashion, about Depression, heroin use, death and misanthropy.
Spotify has both When The Kite String Pops (1994) and Paegan Terrorism Tactics (1996) both solid albums plus the early demos compilation. It is worth mentioning the controversy surrounding the artwork for both albums at this point. Both feature paintings by serial killers When The Kite String Pops features art by John Wayne Gacy and the cover of Paegan Terrorism Tactics is only the product of the artistic vision of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
When the Kite String Pops (1994)
Paegan Terrorism Tactics (1996)
Acid Bath are well worth checking out, for fans of: Pantera, Down, Eyehategod, Cowbar, Metallica etc..