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When The Kite String Pops

Acid Bath

1994

With all due respect to my boy Marilyn Manson, Acid Bath were probably the most disturbing band of the 90s, at least from a aural/lyrical prospective.  Lead vocalist Dax Riggs tells wickedly vivid hallucigenic nightmare tales of serial killers, drug addicts, occultism, cannibalism, and authentically sinister scenarios that make the worst SVU episode seem like a Walt Disney movie.  All the while, the band swirls around him with their psychedelic, swampy, thrash-tastic, fuzz-soaked sludgey attack, sounding like a cross between Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, and David Bowie.  Throw in some hardcore punk and industrial influences and you truly have one of the most unique and diverse heavy-metal albums of the 90s.  Nobody sounded like Acid Bath, and nobody has since.  Unfortunately their bassist was killed in a car accident a couple of years after this album was released, so we never got to see them realize their true potential as a band. 

When The Kite String Pops is heavy-metal at it's most diverse, menacing, punishing, demented, and haunting.  Not for the faint of heart.  Welcome to hell.

8.9

Paegan Terrorism Tactics

Acid Bath

1996

This album isn't as good as WTKSP, but it is arguably darker and more disturbing at times.  The vibe is somewhat more subdued and less frantic than WTKSP, thanks to significantly more acoustic tunes, and although most of them are not as good as the 2 from WTKSP, they are all disturbingly eerie in their own right.  Unlike WTKSP, only maybe half of this album (if that) is an assault on your senses, but the heavy songs on this album are every bit as good/satisfying as those on WTKSP.  So there's less heavy songs, but the quality of those songs are generally better.  PTT somewhat suffers from a lack of energy at times, but the entire album is cloaked in an oppressively satanic vibe, truly unsettling and powerfully sinister.  So overall, while it's not as good as WTKSP, it is still significantly better than most albums of its ilk...granted Acid Bath were a one of a kind band.  PTT is a compelling and disturbing listening experience, and a haunting swan-song from one of the best metal bands of the 90s.

8.6

This album isn't as good as WTKSP, but it is arguably darker and more disturbing at times…the vibe is somewhat more subdued and less frantic than WTKSP, thanks to significantly more acoustic tunes, and although most of them are not as good as the 2 from WTKSP,  they are all disturbingly eerie in their own right...unlike WTKSP, I'd say that only maybe half of this album (if that) is an assault on your senses, but the heavy songs on this album are every bit as good/satisfying as those on WTKSP...so there's less heavy songs, but the quality of those songs is generally better...PTT somewhat suffers from a lack of energy at times, but the entire album is cloaked in an oppressively satantic vibe, truly unsettling and profoundly sinister... while it's not as good as WTKSP, it is still significantly better than most albums of it's ilk...granted Acid Bath were a one of a kind band...a compelling and disturbing listening experience, and a haunting swan-song from one of the best metal bands of the 90s
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