Bad Acid Trip

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Bad Acid Trip
Bad Acid Trip
Venerable heavy-metal bard Rob Zombie once told us that if music critics -- or, better still, fans -- really hate you, you must be on to something, so stick to it. That wonky reasoning is apparently the MO of the band-of-the-week from L.A., Bad Acid Trip, which was booed offstage more than once on tour with Slayer last year. That frontman Dirk Rogers is an in-demand Hollywood special-effects makeup artist, and that their CD, Lynch the Weirdo, opens with a female orgasm, tells you most of what you need to know about the band's, um, musical intent.

How about the rest? Well, Bad Acid Trip leaps through frenetic and cartoonish midsong tempo changes, hitting on pretty much every metal genre imaginable -- but way more Mushroomhead and Type O Negative than metal lite -- while Rogers rips out his lungs spewing surprisingly serious lyrics that are much more radical than you might expect. In "Kill or Be Killed," he screams: "Forced into battle by the government/Sent out to kill without any consent." Whoa, Dirk, tell us how you really feel.

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