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Review: Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops
Acid Bath
When the Kite String Pops

Label: Rotten Records
Year released: 1994
Duration: 69:04
Tracks: 14
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: January 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Readers Rating
When the Kite String Pops

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (14 Votes)

Most metalheads throw around the qualifier "one of the greatest of all time" far too much. It becomes overused and meaningless. That's why I've never given a 5/5 score on The Metal Crypt before. I believe there are only a handful of albums deserving of such a score, most of them already reviewed here with similar if not identical accolades. That is until now. Acid Bath's When the Kite String Pops is it. This is your aged fine wine with a side of filet mignon and lobster. This record, quite frankly, is the top of the heap. It truly is one of those exceptionally rare records deserving of that elusively deserving moniker: "one of the greatest of all time."

Acid Bath play the most evil, twisted, and demented doom one can imagine. From the opening can of hateful, drug-laced sludge, "The Blue," the album continues on an eerie, violent binge that shifts themes and genres in its own inimitable way. Dax Riggs rotates between hardcore shouts, crooning rock vocals, and disturbing spoken word parts, all factoring into Acid Bath's extraordinarily unique juggernaut sound. Moving along at a matured, yet undeniably spooky pace, the guitar playing alters between odd dissonant riffs and a classic, mid-pace doom rock sound, never straying from the cohesive sound that makes the band so original.

There has been no band since this record (at least that I've heard) to incorporate dark and morbid imagery as skillfully as Acid Bath does on When the Kite String Pops, and for metal, that's saying a lot. Delving into his poetic background, Riggs is able to create a world that is both extremely personal and a bit frightening. His lyrics are fascinatingly creepy, perversely sexual and desirous, but still artful and emotionally potent. Unlike almost every other death-oriented band in the genre, Acid Bath don't fall into the pitfalls of melodrama or being overly macabre.

This album is the demonic lovechild of Roy Orbison, Eyehategod, and the Marquis de Sade. It combines a long list of dark themes with twisted riffing and slower doom tempos to create that rare record, one that truly does deserves being called "one of the all-time greatest."

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