Friday, February 18, 2011

Acid Bath

Well, like I said, I'm hopefully on my way to New Orleans right now. I've been busy e-stalking an amazing musician since I found out my friends wanted to go on this trip, named Dax Riggs. He has been in many bands, but by far, the most famous (Which is still relatively unknown.) is Acid Bath. These days, he is only doing solo shows in Texas and Louisiana. I'm desperately hoping I'll be able to catch one of his shows this weekend, but alas, I believe he is going to be in Texas. Which, since we're taking the train, and not driving, and also going to celebrate a friend's 21st birthday, I can't exactly bail to go see a bar show in another state.

As I didn't know exactly how to classify this band, I once again turned to Wikipedia, and it looks like they too had a hard time classifying themselves.
Acid Bath combined doom metal roots with influences from black metal, death metal, gothic rock, and blues-rock. In a Pit Magazine interview, vocalist Dax Riggs classified their sound as "death rock" (referring to death as a dominant lyrical theme, rather than deathrock), and also classified the band's music as a blending of stoner metal and doom metal. In another interview, guitarist Sammy Duet described their sound as "gothic hardcore".
In any case, the band only got the chance to release two albums before they broke up in 1997. Below are a number of their songs. Typically, I try to post one song per album, up to 3-4. But in this case, I'm going to post more because Acid Bath has some heavier songs, and some really soft ones. They're also the only band of Dax Riggs' that had the heavier songs. Because of this, I almost have to get them in, even though my favorites are the softer ones.

Like my Haggard/Blind Guardian post, I'll try to limit myself, but I'm about to post a lot of songs. Don't feel like you have to listen to all of them. Also, content warning galore.

First, some samples from their first album, When the Kite String Pops. 

This is a heavy(er) track called Finger Paintings of the Insane.

Now, a slow song, Scream of the Butterfly.

Another slow song, The Bones of Baby Dolls.

And finally, a heavy song called Dr. Seuss is Dead.

Next, let's go to their second, and final album, Pagan Love Song.

First up, a song with just a couple growls, Bleed Me An Ocean.

Next, a slow song, Graveflower.

And finally, a *very* slow song, Dead Girl, which I considered leaving out, but it's the song that introduced me to the band, so I have to include it.

One last note, if you didn't notice, I refrained from adding any kind of description to what the songs were about. That's because there are multiple meaning to many of them. You should also not expect much descriptions for the individual songs to be posted on Dax's other bands, which I will cover in the next few days.


  1. Their slower songs are right up my alley. Good stuff!

  2. Music sound good, that clown reminds me of "IT."

  3. i like the heavier songs, thanks for letting me know this band.
    following :)

  4. Finger Paintings of the Insane is pretty awesome

  5. Nice post!!!

    I wait on my blog!!!

    $upporting return favor BRO!!!!

  6. Oh my, that clown is freaky :S

  7. Cool band dude. The vocals kinda sound like Damien from Disturbed.

  8. Cool band I hadn't heard of before - cheers

  9. Awesome, Acid Bath is my all time favorite sludge band. Following!