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Acid Bath


4.5
superb

Review

by posevrlord CONTRIBUTOR (89 Reviews)
February 5th, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Asthma attack in a purple haze, Your cards are numbered, And so are my days...

Acid Bath’s take on deathrock conjures the image of a dark, dry night in the desert, where a car drives on the road, surrounded on all sides with the unknown. This road trip is soaked in hallucinogenic thoughts, ones of paranoid suspicions of what creeps in the pitch black night. A minute portion of the driver’s focus is on the chipped road, caked in dust and remnants of roadkill, while the rest is fixated on incoherent rants in the mind and the cigarette planted firmly between the index finger and the middle finger. The occasional twist in the road or the infrequent visit of a splattered insect on the windscreen catches the attention of the distracted man. On this dark night, the headlights break through the dark, cascading light on the street and casting startling shadows - ones that shake the man to his very bones. He shivers regularly, as his imagination conjures improbable beasts, horrors, and futures that could destroy him.

Grim, spacious bass lines work in conjunction with the propulsive, industrial drums work to create an unsettling atmosphere with a consistent sense of the unknown. This looming basework is experimented with throughout the record, with varied tempos and hallucinatory guitar drones and synth leads. The previously mentioned ramblings very loosely focus on themes like industrialization, supernatural happenings, religion, and violence, all delivered in a confused and agitated manner. Off-kilter songs like “E.S.T. (Trip To The Moon)” and “In God We Trust (In Cars You Rust")” are slurred and scatterbrained, as if they were extracted from a drug-crazed eccentric, and a particularly upset one at that. This record of swirling soundscapes throws itself forward in a fit of irrational emotion, sloppily sweeping forward into the world it is resentful towards and scared of.

Acid Bath has a certain way of building thoughts of doubt, anxiety, and paranoia and weaving them into the bleak, machine-like darkness. The music on display here portrays a synthetic nightmare, where one has no clue what is truly happening. Distorted grooves and deranged performances give this record a frightening character, littered with hellaciously unnerving song progressions that unweave the feelings of comfort one may have, while still providing a musical creation with enjoyable guitar lines and fuzzy base wails. It’s tense and jumpy, on the edge of a nervous breakdown, similar to the frantic driver of the previously mentioned car. He takes hold of the wheel, grasping it tightly, beads of cold sweat rolling down his face. A craze flows through his veins, side by side with his blood, as he starts to jerk the car to and fro on the patchy road. Something lurks in this darkness, something has to be…



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MysK2MEZcUU

Thanks to BlushfulHippocrene and Vaxxi for helping me with this and making sure the review isn't crap.

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2018


18204 Comments


Saw a copy of one of their records at my local shop a while ago

Ought to check them out..

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to check out more stuff by them.

SandwichBubble
February 4th 2018


8456 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goood album good review

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks friend :D

ianblxdsoe
February 4th 2018


1900 Comments


gonna miss pos’ing my homeboy’s reviews smh

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2018


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol, Thank you ian :]

Dedes
February 5th 2018


6023 Comments


Great review as par the course. Album sounds like quite a hypnotic trip, hope i dig it.

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2018


9167 Comments


this looks interesting.. been circling this band for years, and this stellar review is the last straw I need.. cheers, Bloon!

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2018


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You guys are too nice. :]

MrSirLordGentleman
February 5th 2018


12052 Comments


I remember this artwork (which rules by the way). Don't know from where though

Supercoolguy64
August 2nd 2018


8674 Comments


band name rulez

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