Dax Riggs' complete discography and I really liked what I heard, in all forms. Riggs was the singer in a number of bands, from the sludge-gods Acid Bath, to the more stoner rock groups, Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy And The Elephantmen, and now he works on his solo work, with more of an acoustic/alternative sound, but the dark elements of his past work are ever present. (Side note, I don't get why Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy And The Elephantment have official websites - if only very basic and outdated - but Acid Bath and Dax Riggs himself only have MySpace's... interesting)
Anyway, Acid Bath blended the sounds of doom and hardcore, with all sorts of sounds in-between. With such an eclectic collection of sounds, it's amazing how much of an underground following they have collected, even now almost 15 years after their break-up, hell I had never heard of them more then 5 years ago. That is some staying power. It could have been the artwork from their first album, When The Kite String Pops, known for hosting a picture that the serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted while in prison on death row. It's those kind of touches (and the population's focus on morbidity) that I think helped the band stay in the underground mindset for so long.
After one more release, Paegan Terrorism Tactics, the group broke-up following the death of bassist Audie Pitre (killed by a drunk driver), and the members all split off to form their own groups of all metal genres; ranging from the sludge Crowbar, and Goatwhore, the doom Vual, and the black metal (with two bassists and no guitars) Shrum. Dax Riggs choose to go in a different direction, to the stoner rock project Agents of Oblivion.
If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky, has sense been re-released under the title of a solo Dax Riggs (making it his first solo work, even if it's only a technicality) in 2008. even though it is a mark change in style from his other two (so far) releases. Their second album, We Are Night Sky, was released in 2005 followed shortly by their break-up in 2006, although Riggs didn't officially announce the split until 2007.
Johnny Cash did his American Recordings, these were mostly all stripped down songs with only Cash and a guitar for most of it. His version of "Hurt," originally by Nine Inch Nails, is exactly what I am talking about; it is acoustic but it still is very dark. I can't wait to hear more.
Recap: I like Acid Bath, Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy And The Elephantmen are both decent but not great, and Dax Riggs solo is amazing. Quite a collection there, in praise, style and sound. I want to hear more, either in one of these forms or whatever this musical genius has on his mind for next.