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. February’s was Terror Management Theory at you can read that review here. Aonach Eagach was March’s entry and you can read that review here. April’s release was called wEIRD aRT rIOT and you can read that review here. May’s release was called Sorcerer and you can read that review here.
Which brings us to the half way point. June’s release was called Skeleton Jazz Wizard and you can read your review here. Now on July 25th 2019 we have Endless Doomlord Syndrome.
We’re now into the latter half of Boobs of Doom’s 12 month/12 album release plan.
You’d think we’d be getting sick of Boobs of Doom by now but that is not the case. Far from it in fact as with Endless Doomlord Syndrome they have one of their strongest releases this year. Six tracks but over an hour long, there is a feeling of familiarity with Dicephalous Godhead Bossfight! At least within the first few minutes.
The electronic moodiness of the rhythm swirls around as it takes confident strides with echoing guitar melody and a fuzzy drum beat. Being over 15 minutes long, it’s no surprise that it shifts and changes bit by bit. However, it’s nice and subtle here with it getting more and more melodic sounding (dare we say ‘post like’) and being surprisingly peaceful.
Although it certainly doesn’t end that way, taking on a darker and synth form. Bloody excellent though and easily one of their best tracks.
暗黒舞踏 / NVDA is heavy on haunting and trippy effects with fuzzy buzzing that crawls in your ear and really comes into its own as it reaches its finale. Droch Sgillinn is then a little more playful in how it uses its synth before descending into the depths of noise that surrounds and blinds every sense.
We then get one of two tracks that come in under 8 minutes, short numbers in contrast to what is found elsewhere on this release. How Delight Became Delirium and Your Anemic Hollow Gods Are Born of Desperation. The former brings back the sound of a flute that cropped up earlier making it almost folky if it wasn’t for the sound of dread sitting in the background. The latter emphasises that dread even more, the ringing of a bell and building effects gives it a real closer feel.
Of course we can’t finish this review without talking about DdEATHRAY, the track that sits in the middle of those two. A moody, sci-fi effort that is familiar as hell for those who’ve been following this 12 month journey along so far but still unique enough to hold interests.
Another top release, one that sits on the higher end of the scale.
Boobs of Doom – Endless Doomlord Syndrome Full Track Listing:
1. Dicephalous Godhead Bossfight!
2. 暗黒舞踏 / NVDA
3. Droch Sgillinn
4. How Delight Became Delirium
6. Your Anemic Hollow Gods Are Born of Desperation
Boobs of Doom - Endless Doomlord Syndrome (Self Released)
The Final Score - 8/10