12 albums. 12 months. Throughout ALL of 2019.
What a plan from Boobs of Doom, a sensational amalgamation of depressive drone, doom, death, distortion and much more. Their 12 albums, 12-month plan is something truly unique and it has certainly got our attention. However, the reasoning behind it is best described by the band themselves:
“Five years weev been at this. Still not dead yet; which is surprising to us considering the lengths those years went to to try and break us. 2018 was a proper hateful cunt-lump of a year for us Boobs: We lost too many furbabies; too many funerals; too many abhorrent political crooks running the shitshow (THE FILTH!); too many bloody horrible sheeple complicitly lapping up the shite (THE SCUM); rapidly declining chronic health issues, diseases and new afflictions; and far FAR too much fucking PAIN!
Squinting out at the world in 2018 from a haze of brainfog, canabis and prescription painkillers, we never thought we’d get so fatigued hating stupid stuff, but everything fatigues us these days. which amounted to only one cassette release (YO, ODD CHORUS PEEPS!) and a 2 track album for charidee. The only thing we were really thankful to 2018 for was all the support for Carrie’s Fund. Carrie hit her gofundme target and got the surgery she needed. Fuck knows how we’d have handled it if she hadn’t. Regardless, thankya-hjoojbig to all the BODies who contributed or helped spread the word.
Time was we had a reputation for being prolific and could punt oot anything up to 4 albums (and a mixtape in a pear tree!) per year. Circumstances being what they are, our output was waaaay below our weird self-imposed projections/deadlines.
In lieu of all this we ought to be planning our jump off some high cliffs, but no. We have elected to celebrate 5 years as a band instead. so, here it is:
In reality, we embedded secret knowledge, subliminal messages, psychic vampirism and theta wave manipulation into one great big 13 hour long album, chopped into chunks and are dribbling them out over the year. The concept is that if it gets enough simultaneous listeners, the themes and ideas encoded within the music and art will resonate on a global scale and kickstart the next strange stage of human (r)evolution! Unless yr a Greedhead or the FILTH, in that case yr head will explode. Cool, huh? Grand concepts R US. LOL. Weer setting ourselves up to fail but that’s okay.
In practice, each ‘album ‘(..,’episode’, ‘segment’ or whatever pretentious bollocks title we eventually decide is cannon) will be musically and thematically different from the last and you should come to recognise them each as a different aspect of our oeuvre; psychedelic / dub / heavy / drone / soundtrack / doom etcetera. There’s even a ‘pop’ album. 12 of the fuckers. Yaaaas. You lucky BODies! We’ll warn ye now: this shit might fuck you up …in a good way ….maybe…
Part one, entitled “esc.” was January’s release and you can read our review here. While February’s was Terror Management Theory at you can read that review here. Aonach Eagach will be released on the 25th March 2019.
After a decent start with esc. and a much improved showing with the following, Terror Management. How does Aonach Eagach stack up?
It’s five tracks long but don’t let that fool you, Aonach Eagach is not short by any means. The first track, Totenkonig is over 10 minutes of bastardised effects, noise and haunting horror. It’s as dark and skin-crawling as Boobs of Doom have gotten over this 12-album, 12-month release plan.
The 13+ minute Ddeus Ex Nihilo comes next and with it the feeling of despondency even if it has a slightly more upbeat techno rhythm. As a Boobs of Doom track goes, this easily one of the more difficult ones to get along with.
Continuing to prove that they can provide such expansive and unique sounds, Boobs of Doom bring out the big guns for the exceptionally thought-provoking Vivir En Nube De Pedos. The shortest track at just six minutes, the more sombre soundscape of the track is very appealing.
That continues into the morose Pòg Mo Tuagh! A track that, for the first couple of minutes, is purely based in atmospheric sounds. It does take an abrupt turn into a more off-beat Boobs of Doom traditional (as much as they can possibly be) style.
Aonach Eagach wraps up with La Terreur Deux. A track that begins with the fuzziest of fuzz laid over Daft Punk style electronica. The slow increase of a hefty drum beat adds even more layers to a track that had to be filled with them to engage for its 20 minute length. It does well though and what we have here is another fascinating slice of Boobs of Doom pie.
Three down, nine to go!
Boobs of Doom – Aonach Eagach Full Track Listing:
2. Ddeus Ex Nihilo
3. Vivir En Nube De Pedos
4. Pòg Mo Tuagh!
5. La Terreur Deux
The album and all of Boobs of Doom’s earlier work can be found over on Bandcamp. Find out more and keep up to date with news by checking out the band’s website, Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Boobs of Doom - Aonach Eagach (Self Released)
The Final Score - 7/10