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Sunday Old School: Classic Acid Bath Performances

Back in the dark days of metal, the 90's, New Orleans' Acid Bath formed and began rising through the underground ranks with their unique mesh of death, thrash, groove, stoner/doom, and sludgy NOLA sound and themes that largely centered around death, drugs, and serial killers. The band did not last long enough for a full ascent, however, releasing just two albums and finally disbanding in 1997 when bassist Audie Pitre and his parents were killed by a drunk driver. Those two studio albums, "When the Kite String Pops" (1994) and "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" (1996), however, were then cemented as underground classics.

Members of Acid Bath went on to form numerous other bands including Agents of Oblivion, Vual, Ritual Killer, and most notably, Goatwhore.

Being an underground band, Acid Bath played mostly smaller clubs and never had an impressive light show. When they came to Baltimore (and I regrettably passed on seeing them for another show), they played some little hole in the wall that I'd never heard of before. So you can't expect too much of an impressive live video outside of the performance itself. Here's a video apparently shot in one such small joint, of their live performance of "Bleed Me An Ocean" in Omaha, with a bonus performance of "Scream of the Butterfly" after the jump.

Acid Bath - Bleed Me An Ocean

"Scream of the Butterfly" Demo 1996 Omaha

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1. cppchriscpp writes:

Nice video finds; some of their more interesting songs.

Also, I suggest looking into an experimental project he was a part of called Shrum. They played with two bassists and no guistarist. They only produced one demo, which was only released on tape, but there are decent mp3s available online nowadays. It's quite long for a demo, and the songs are pretty enjoyable. I've never heard anything else quite like it. (I'm always open to suggestions, of course.)

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2. Tom writes:

f***ing love this band! Remember having to order " ..kite string.." from America cause I couldn't get it over here. Awesome band.

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3. americanpatriot1 writes:

Thank you DB for bringing some attention to a band that got sorely overlooked. If you want to see more of their stage mannerisms, which admittedly there weren't many, check out their DVD, "Doublelive Bootleg". They weren't the most animated, or talkative band on stage, but their music was just so ungodly tight. Jimmy Kyle's springless snare had such an immediate deep pop that you just couldn't drown out. The first time I saw Acid Bath was in Lafayette, Louisiana right after Kite String was released. When "Scream Of the Butterfly" was played, Audie got down into a one knee crouching position to play that killer bass line, Sammy, Mike, and Jimmy all looked up at the ceiling for the whole song. Dax sat down on the floor of the stage and looked up at the ceiling and blinked maybe 10 times throughout the whole song. They closed with "Cassie Eats c***roaches" and left to a ton of applause. I love this band and wish they would have gotten bigger, but even if Audie wasn't killed, they would have had maybe one more album in them before they split. Everyones musical tastes were changing and wanted to do different things. I saw them again in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana when before Acid Bath came on, it was a two man group called Killgore, featuring Sammie and some other dude. That was pretty much the pre-cursor to Goatwhore. Thanks for letting take this trip down memory lane again DB.

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4. Nihilist writes:

Great to have articles like these to get people atention to the overlooked bands that isn't with us anymore.

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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

"When The Kite String Pops" is one of the greatest albums ever made! R.I.P. Audie!!!

N.P. Acid Bath--Dope Fiend

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6. deathfreak writes:

sick acidbath is killer.

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7. deathbringer writes:

I really regret passing on the chance to see them live. The show I saw instead was great - Type O Negative had played Halloween shows several years in a row at the 9:30 club in DC and they were always great (and with good up and coming bands like Korn, Coal Chamber, etc.). But had I known it would be my last chance to catch Acid Bath live, it would have been a no-brainer. They had such a unique sound, they're worth a listen from anyone, in my opinion.

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8. xFiruath writes:

Listening to "New Death Sensation" right now in honor of the Acid Bath.

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