Album Review: Boobs of Doom – Terror Management Theory (Self Released)

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:

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“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.

 

 

We digress.

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 is Terror Management Theory on the 25th.

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Let madness commence. Boobs of Doom’s second release this year is as horrifying, intriguing and addictive as their last. The amalgamation of depressive drone, doom and distortion is unlike anything you may have ever heard before.

Like esc. you’re going to have to already have a bit of love for this type of noise but unlike esc. Boobs of Doom show off some new talents here, namely an ear for rhythm that gets under the skin. SSDD//01 might not roll of the tongue but it crawls inside with its droning effects and low depressing tones.

It’s those encompassing sounds that surround you as Vámr gets a little trippy in places and a little oppressive in others. Brainfog is an apt title as it clouds the mind and Murmuration Exaltation tries to break the spirit with its uncomfortably off-kilter sounds.

It’s all very unique stuff and each track offers something quite different from the last. As depressive drone goes, Boobs of Doom are certainly up there as one of the strongest even if this album is far too long. Two tracks go over 10 minutes, another just under and the rest vary in length. When they say ‘drone’ they mean ‘drone!’

Still, it’s hard not to thoroughly enjoy the likes of Unicron v Galaktus and SSDD//02. The former has a sadness about it that just appeals while the latter is horribly oppressive. Both quite different but fitting on an album that feels darker and more evil then the last.

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Boobs of Doom – Terror Management Theory Full Track Listing:

1. SSDD//01
2. Vámr
3. Brainfog
4. Murmuration Exaltation
5. Unicron v Galaktus
6. SSDD//02
7. Brutal Deluxe
8. A Good Ddeath




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 websiteFacebook PageTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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