Acid Bath - Paegan Terrorism Tactics
While many have followed the path set down by the likes of Acid Bath, it is nice to be given a chance to give props to a band that in the late 90s was combining sludge with blooze and thrash into a unique sound that only the best have been able to pull off since. 1997's "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" is delivered in a new re-mastered version by Rotten Records, and it holds up well as a HEAVY hitter deserving of both wider love and its continued legendary status.
Their final release (they only put out two records), "Paegan" leans on the guitars of Mike Sanchez and Sammy "Pierre" Duet, with Sanchez taking most of the gorilla leads behind vocalist Dax Riggs, who also wrote the lyrics. There's a whole lotta death going on in various forms on "Bleed Me An Ocean," "Graveflowrr, " Old Skin, " etc, but the then fresh blend of doom and hardcore metal keeps most of the songs from committing any cliché crimes, even when Riggs busts out the standard issue growl. Likewise, other great tracks like "New Corpse" and "Diab Soule" rock fast and hard, while the slower efforts "Venus Blue" and the acoustic "Dead Girl" reek true emotion and dread.
Even without its legendary status and cover painting by Dr. Kevorkian, "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" is a must-have. Louisiana's Acid Bath were there at the beginning of an underground renaissance in metal that has made it one of the most consistently powerful genres since then. This band helped provide the template for that revolution.
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