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Album · 1994

Filed under Sludge Metal


1. The Blue (6:13)
2. Tranquilized (4:13)
3. Cheap Vodka (2:14)
4. Finger Paintings of the Insane (6:04)
5. Jezebel (4:53)
6. Scream of the Butterfly (6:14)
7. Dr. Seuss Is Dead (6:04)
8. Dope Fiend (5:19)
9. Toubabo Koomi (5:01)
10. God Machine (5:00)
11. The Morticians Flame (4:05)
12. What Color Is Death (3:19)
13. The Bones of Baby Dolls (6:00)
14. Cassie Eats Cockroaches (4:24)

Total Time: 69:10


- Dax Riggs / Vocals
- Sammy Duet / Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Mike Sanchez / Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Audie Pitre / Bass, Backing Vocals
- Jimmy Kyle / Drums

About this release

Label: Rotten Records, Roadrunner Records
Release Date: August 8, 1994

Produced by Spike Cassidy.
Co-produced by Greg Troyner and Acid Bath.
Digitally recorded and mixed at Side One, Metairie, LA by Spike Cassidy and Greg Troyner.
Digitaly mastered at Future Disc by Eddie Shyer and Spike Cassidy.
All music and lyrics by Acid Bath/Subversive Noise [BMI].

The cover art ("Pogo the Clown #15" / "Skull Clown #171") was painted by infamous serial killer-cannibal-pedophile-necrophile John Wayne Gacy while he was in prison.

Remastered in 2004 by Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering, then re-released as CD
and double coloured LP (red & blue).

Thanks to Stooge for the updates


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Boasting Jon Wayne Gacy cover art and an incredibly appropriately dirty and sludgy production, Acid Bath's debut album offers up crushingly heavy sludge metal whose subject matter, as you might guess from the cover, combines the jocular with the morbid. (Dr. Seuss Is Dead is outright terrifying.) Dax Riggs' vocals can take the strangest subject matter and make it sound deadly serious, especially in the context of the doleful sonic territory explored by lead guitarists Sammy Duet and Mike Sanchez. At points it's almost psychedelic, a bad trip into dark territory. As far as the 1990s pioneers of sludge metal go, Acid Bath certainly don't deserve to be overlooked.
"When the Kite String Pops" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Louisiana based metal act Acid Bath. The album was released through Rotten Records in August 1993 and rather controversially features cover artwork painted by Illinois serial killer John Wayne Gacy, while he was in prison waiting to be executed for his crimes. Acid Bath was a relatively shortlived act who was active between 1991 and 1997 and released two studio albums in that time. The band broke up as a consequence of the death of bassist Audie Pitre, who was killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver.

Stylistically the music on "When the Kite String Pops" is really hard to describe in a suiting manner, because you´ll find everything from stoner rock/metal, sludge metal, hard rock, alternative rock/metal, thrash (even a few death) metal leanings, doom metal, punk/hardcore, and other stylistic elements thrown together to form a very original sounding music style. The eclectic songwriting approach is not completely unlike what you´ll hear on a System of a Down album, but that´s how far the comparison goes.

The music is dark, filthy, raw, and at times ultra heavy (check out the sludgy doom metal riffing on "Dr. Seuss Is Dead"), featuring both clean and distorted raw vocals. Dax Riggs is an incredibly skilled vocalist and his sedated "Layne Staley meets Jim Morrison" type clean vocals and aggressive screaming ditto are delivered with fierce passion and conviction. The band are exceptionally well playing, especially considering that "When the Kite String Pops" is a debut album, and they really manage to make the listener feel their anger, frustration and sadness through their playing and through the adventurous songwriting.

Another asset on "When the Kite String Pops" is the well sounding, hard hittin´ and raw sound production, which brings out the right dark and powerful emotions in the music. The album is 69:10 minutes long and features 14 tracks, and while such a long playing time isn´t always a success, this is one of the exceptions to that rule, as it´s an entertaining and ever changing album throughout the playing time. Overall it´s just a really intriguing and unique sounding release and it´s nearly a mandatory listen for the open minded metal listener. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

Members reviews

A disturbing and thrilling slice of southern sludge metal, Acid Bath's debut has really got a sound all its own. As the cover painting by serial killer John Wayne Gacy might suggest, this is pretty dark even by metal's standards. The guitars are low and totally fuzzed out, and the production is somewhat flat, making me feel like it was recorded in a dank hole in the ground somewhere.

The vocals alternate between clean and dirty, with the clean vocals being chillingly drugged out and emotionless. The songs are very strong on the whole. "The Blue" is about as catchy as you can expect music of this kind to get, and weak moments are few and far between (I don't like Cheap Vodka that much, but that's about it.)

Sadly, the band only had one more album before breaking up. It's a shame, because they really work well as a group and I bet they could have produced a lot more great metal given the chance.

When the Kite String Pops is a perfect album for when you're in a nasty mood.

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