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Acid King

Acid King is a stoner metal band from San Francisco, California.


Acid King was formed in 1993 by frontwoman Lori S, who was soon joined by drummer Joey Osbourne and bassist Peter Lucas. The band's name was inspired by the book Say You Love Satan. It is based on the character of Ricky Kasso (nicknamed 'The Acid King') who committed a satanic murder in Northport, New York in 1984. The band itself has also been featured in two books: The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal and Rockdetector's A to Z of Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal, both published in 2003.

The band has developed and maintained a distinct sound throughout its career. This can be characterised by low-tuned and heavily distorted guitar riffing, which is played at a slow tempo. It is primarily influenced by early heavy metal (particularly Black Sabbath), doom metal, and psychedelic rock.

Since its formation, Acid King have recorded three studio albums and three EPs with a series of bassists.

Band Members

Current members

  • Lori S. – guitar, vocals (1993-present)
  • Joey Osbourne – drums (1993-present)
  • Rafa Martinez – bass (2005-present)

Previous members

  • Peter Lucas – bass (1993-1996) – appears on Acid King and Zoroaster
  • Dan Southwick – bass (1996-1998) – appears on Down with the Crown
  • Brian Hill – bass (1998-1999) – appears on Busse Woods
  • Guy Pinhas – bass (1999-2005) – appears on Free... and III


Studio albums

Zoroaster1995CDSympathy for the Record IndustryDebut album
Busse Woods1999CDMan's Ruin Records
Small Stone Records
Reissued in 2004 with bonus tracks
Acid King III2005CD/LPSmall Stone Records
Kreation Records
LP version issued in 2006 on colored and black vinyl
The Early Years2006CDLeaf Hound RecordsCompilation album containing Acid King and Zoroaster


Acid King199410"Sympathy for the Record IndustryDebut release
Down with the Crown199710"/CDMan's Ruin RecordsReissued the same year as a split CD with Altamont
Free...2001CDMan's Ruin RecordsReleased as a split CD with Clearlight

Compilation appearances

  • "Not Fragile" (BTO cover) on In the Groove (1999 The Music Cartel)
  • "Motorhead" (Hawkwind cover) on Daze of the Underground (2003 Godreah Records)
  • "The Stake" (Steve Miller Band cover) on Sucking the 70s: Back in the Saddle Again (2006 Small Stone Records)

"Motorhead" and "Not Fragile" included on re-release of Busse Woods