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When the Kite String Pops
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: ACID BATH Title: WHEN THE KITE STRING POPS Street Release Date: 09/28/2004
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Media Type: CD
Artist: ACID BATH
Title: WHEN THE KITE STRING POPS
Street Release Date: 09/28/2004
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Brian M. from CONCORD, NC
Reviewed on 3/27/2013...
If you are into Sludge Metal or Metal period this is without a doubt one of the best albums you can find. This comes from a metal head since 85! Get this asap if is incredible.
The equivalent of putting your brain in a blender
Wheelchair Assassin | The Great Concavity | 05/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The term "underground classic" is one that gets thrown around quite a bit, but Acid Bath's When the Kite String Pops is one recording that can lay almost undisputed claim to the title. Unfortunately, the underground is just as full of ripoffs and one-trick ponies as the mainstream (well, ok, maybe not quite that full), but Acid Bath were one band that managed to stand alone with a distinctive sound that was decidedly ahead of its time in 1994. Between their stunningly tight and efficient musicianship and their flair for variety, one can only imagine what these guys would've accomplished if not for their early demise. When the Kite String Pops is a highly potent slab of controlled substance-fuelled death rock at its most discordantly evil, with songs chock full of tempo and vocal changes, but its unpredictability only serves to enhance the harrowing mood that persists througout its running time. At times brutally scathing, at other times hauntingly melodic, but always profoundly unsettling, this album is a psycho nightmare of epic proportions, with its fourteen pieces of nightmarish sonic impressionism pushing it to about an hour of nearly nonstop punishment.
Although Acid Bath did show some superficial resemblances to such southern metal brethren as Soilent Green and Crowbar, their sound was still their own creation, one that liberally incorporated elements of sludge, thrash, grind, and rock. Few bands have managed to convert angst and disaffection into great music-Neurosis and Godflesh are prominent exceptions-because such emotions tend to result in whiny, self-indulgent tripe, but Acid Bath succeeded where others have failed because their focus never deviated from creativity and songwriting. It also doesn't hurt that the band had Dax Riggs, easily one of the most distinctive metal vocalists of recent years, out in front. Befitting Acid Bath's abrasive sound and nihilistic lyrics, Dax alternated between an acidic, face-melting howl and a cleaner singing voice that managed to be every bit as disturbing as his more "metal" vocals.
While the overall mood of this album is one of menacing rawness and insanity, that doesn't mean Acid Bath weren't methodical in their approach, as the precision and eclecticism to be found here are uniformly impressive. Just check out the opener Blue, which effortlessly mixes slow, grinding torment with head-banging thrash-metal passages and plenty of Dax's doomy singing. From there, the album rarely lets up, as there are a couple of downcast acoustic numbers in the form of Scream of the Butterfly and What Color is Death, but those are definitely exceptions to the rule. Most of the songs on When the Kite String Pops are musical and emotional roller coasters, filled with intricate, oscillating riff patterns, frantic drumming, and malevolently pounding basslines. If forced at gunpoint to pick a favorite tune I'd have to go with the utterly unsettling Jezebel, but every song here is fully realized and brilliantly executed, a rarity for an album with this many tracks. If you're into extreme music, this album is a must-buy. And even if you're not, and you just want to hear something with some true emotion and intelligence behind it, you should still give it a shot. Demented as it may seem on the surface, in a music world dominated by brainless mainstream tripe, When the Kite String Pops managed to rise to the level of art."
The Pinnacle of Heavy Metal
B. Schaefer | Detroit, MI | 02/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've never bothered to write a review for a CD on Amazon before, partially because I've never had the ambition, but mostly because I know nobody will care what I have to say anyway. However in this instance I feel it is my civic duty to expound on the absolute brilliance of this collection of 14 songs.
I picked this disc up on a whim from a seedy, hole-in-the-wall record store about 6 or 7 years ago. I'd heard the name "Acid Bath" floating around and the J.W. Gacy artwork caught my eye as I thumbed through the metal bin. For 10 bucks, I figured, I might as well. I was 16 and had nothing better to spend my money on. Little did I know at the time I'd be making the most worthwhile music purchase of my life.
Anything I can say in an internet review of the content of this album is a travesty, and couldn't come close to doing it justice. The only thing I can think to say is that I had never before and have never since heard a selection of music crafted so flawlessly (outside of Mozart). There is not a single low point, not a single moment throughout the course of this CD that I would even consider skipping or passing by.
Raw and polished, discordant and harmonious, When The Kite String Pops runs the gamut in all forms of sonic genius. It demands attention and respect from the listener (and a little chemical assistance doesn't hurt), but the reward is an incredible musical experience. Completely flawless."