Brainbombs
Inferno


3.5
great

Review

by butcherboy USER (123 Reviews)
July 9th, 2017 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just an ordinary f#ck..

There are times when it becomes difficult to tell why fringe artists sling their strife - nihilism, ideology or want for attention. GG Allin, Metal Machine Music, The Residents, The Fall, Smack My Bitch Up, the list goes on.

Anarchy for anarchy’s sake.

Deconstruction as a thought process.

Media-whore marketing.

??

Things do tend to be relative. You could make the argument that from an adaptation perspective, vegans are pointlessly transgressive. Just as well as you could say this newfound uprising of censorship and political correctness is fascism poised as social decency.

Some of it has to do with the era in which said art is released. There was a time when Prince was just about the most controversial and ‘liberated’ act around. In 1991, Garth Brooks was in the news for trying to get some domestic abuse convo started around the Bible Belt. Madonna spent most of the 80’s trying to de-puritanize America. Eminem, the Dixie Chicks, Marilyn Manson, Sinead O’Connor, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus have all at one point made headlines for reasons that today seem almost comical.

Regardless of all that, the stiff-necked and left-field nature of a punk lifer looms heavy over Brainbombs. Their wild-eyed run through the 90’s all but came to a head with 1996’ Obey. Mutilation, murder, rape, torture, grave-robbing and every other topic that with a cheekier touch could have made a cracking John Waters flick. The Brainbombs’ steady-handed seriousness as they thrashed through those themes however built a sinister air around them, and briefly, made fire-breathing villains of them in the eyes of God-loving conservatives. That was 20 years ago.

In the end, time proves to be the great anesthetizer. Ed Gein is long dead, his name casually dropped in sitcom jokes. Horror turns to tragedy turns to public domain schlock. Time wears on Brainbombs similarly. And Inferno goes about its business the same way every one of their records has before. Each song kicks off on a shock, peal and clap; distorted, unhinged and fun, like a drunken obelisk. Then starts sagging and collapsing on itself until you can’t tell up from down anymore. And like all their records before, it works more often than it doesn’t.

Truth is, in the open age of terror, cyber-predators, radical Republicanism and fetish pornography, Brainbombs no longer straddle the knife’s edge. What’s left is some brainsick garage noise. They still sound good, urgent and pissed. And that ought be enough.

Then again, maybe it was never ideological or anarchic pot-stirring after all. Maybe it was just Sweden all along. There’s only so much winter a man can take.



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butcherboy
July 9th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna be busy for some time starting tomorrow, so figured might as well get this one done..

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
July 9th 2017


6782 Comments


woa new brainbombs, surprised yours is the only rating. will read

hal1ax
July 9th 2017


14480 Comments


Oh shit.
Good review will chek

SandwichBubble
July 9th 2017


11224 Comments


I stopped at Urge to Kill, so I'll just ignore this release. Interesting review.

butcherboy
July 9th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty much standard fare for these guys..

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2017


25492 Comments


??
nice review. this band is weird af tho

Digging: Childish Gambino - 03.15.20

butcherboy
July 9th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers, Con.. they're just a decent noise band witch fucked up lyrics..

ffs
July 9th 2017


5420 Comments


souvenirs was decent, i will hear this

Supercoolguy64
July 9th 2017


9302 Comments


shit another brainbombs lp already

Digging: Dystopia - The Aftermath... (CD)

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2017


3196 Comments


Love this review.

butcherboy
July 10th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cheers, Blush..

butcherboy
July 10th 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bumping this fucker, because it's a decent album and deserves a few more ratings, dammit!!

Supercoolguy64
October 1st 2017


9302 Comments


https://www.facebook.com/GENIUSANDBRUTALITY/posts/1463801453684865?comment_id=1463993056999038&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

some dude on fb called you out lol

butcherboy
October 1st 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what does it say? not on facebook, can't see it..

Supercoolguy64
October 1st 2017


9302 Comments


some guy in the comments basically called it try hard

butcherboy
October 1st 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

didn't even know the band linked it. kudos to them..

SandwichBubble
October 1st 2017


11224 Comments


"I can't remember the last time I read a review that tried this hard and clearly didn't have a grasp on anything it talked about"

people gettin wiped out in the streets

butcherboy
October 1st 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my god.. i'm only a man, Sandwich.. i'm only a man..

SandwichBubble
October 1st 2017


11224 Comments


You got quite a few likes though: 55 Likes | hot damn
(i don't know if that's a lot of likes, I don't have a Facebook)

butcherboy
October 1st 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only a man.. only a man.



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