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 is called wEIRD aRT rIOT and will be out on April 25th 2019.
Bit by bit, we’ve been getting more and more on board with Boobs of Doom’s musical efforts. A very unique listen, each release has been of varying quality but thoroughly enjoyable. The same can be applied to wEIRD aRT rIOT.
It begins with the dissonant and cold effects driven noise of Hate Club, the uncomfortable rumbles of bass and drums sounding like they wouldn’t be out of place in a dark goth club. As is the norm, it shifts with a really ear-splitting techno noise taking over as the dominant sound a little over half way through.
Always killing it when it comes to sci-fi sounding effects, Fumeripits Wept is one that gets the nod of approval. A sharp reminder that while Boobs of Doom are all about quantity, they also have buckets loads of quality too.
Something that continues to be showcased in the lighter In Good Conciousness before evil and wispy tendrils come crawling out of the void to wrap themselves around you with the madness-inducing sounds of Hoth Sloth v Swamp Wampa. The longest track on the album (by three seconds), it’s Boobs of Doom at their most intense and when it finally breaks, it doesn’t get any easier to hear.
The final two tracks come in at a combined 22 and a half minutes. Gun & Tower Week is eerie yet somewhat catchy while Hooligan ABC’s jungle drum beat and off-beat noise closes out another unique listening experience.
Boobs of Doom – wEIRD aRT rIOT Full Track Listing:
1. Hate Club
2. Fumeripits Wept
3. In Good Conciousness
4. Hoth Sloth v Swamp Wampa
5. Gun & Tower Week
6. Hooligan ABC’s
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 - wEIRD aRT rIOT (Self Released)
The Final Score - 7/10