Eunuchs
The Castration of Gods


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
September 11th, 2021 | 51 replies


Release Date: 09/01/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Snip snip.

You are sick. You stumble through life as a lame quail. Your shoulders sag. Your mouth hangs open. Your blood flows thick like mud.

As your mind festers with desires as a feculent dog ravaged by fleas, the last drop of virility leaks from your body.


You’ve got to be in the right mood for it, you know? The wacky and the wild. The stuff that really makes you question what the fuck you’re actually listening to. I mean, why exactly did I throw this avant-garde of an album on? It was the eccentric artwork or maybe it’s because these wackheads are from Sydney, Australia. Either way, The Castration of Gods is an enthralling, expansive and gripping tale narrated by a voice with the likeness to Gene WIlder’s Willy Wonka and Jim Carrey on the biggest acid-tab bender of their lives.

No seriously. After a short prelude and even shorter “Procession of the Eunuchs”, “King Reisonas (Powerful)” hits like a few grams of shrooms. Strings (any number of violins, viola, cello, double bass, piccolo) bounce over the top of percussive simplicity, but the track’s larger power comes from the larger story-telling; tales of kings, the making of eunuchs and other life changing concepts. When talking of the record’s larger framework, vulgarities run commonplace. Lyrics vary between [almost] comical discussions of regicide, genocide, killing jesters and...dismembered members—while a twisted, macabre cinematic instrumental dances, darts and otherwise turns the album’s atmosphere on its head.

“Eulogy for the Aral Sea” is just as sonically vast even as it’s mellow introduction is seemingly ripped from some avant-Disney movie composition. Climbing instrumentals are matched by its lyrical focal point. Strings ebb and cut into the fray, while the weird framework that frames The Castration of Gods continues in spades:

My King is running out of time. I could use a knife or a big stick and pry it.
Fire fire the nomads yell as their arteries. Extinguish the risk of gods losing my house.
My big beautiful house. Cut cut. Open up. Drain your Humours as caviar.


“Bloodletting” has a few moments of contrast; a description that directly compares the song’s title to its contents: Gentle piano tones caress the track’s introduction while the chime and pluck of instruments float away as if caught in a breeze. As always, the vocal narration of Linus “Reisonas” Hilton takes centre stage; Shakespearean in essence, but delivered by a performer wearing leopard printed spanks. Eunuchs’ brand of music is disparagingly not for everyone, or maybe it’s made to cater to those with a nervous twitch and drug-induced paranoia. Even as I sit here, absorbed, and at one with both story and concept; The Castration of Gods isn’t flawless. Perhaps it was not meant to be.

I mean, as much as I can sit here with a grin-eating *** on my face (or a ***-eating grin if you will), there’s no way I can ignore the drenching of cheese, or how directly zaney this album is. It doesn’t matter if these guys are locals, The Castration of Gods is straight-up wacky. After all, the central theme here is the removal of a certain limb, coupled with an execution of a jester and some gods—and yet, at a personal level, the escapism on offer here just appeals for better and for worse. Largely I know this is going to be a mixed bag. A band could give a “God of Performance” and still we might not be ready for our “Ouroboros Excreta” to surface.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a great review, for an album that's as much a 4 as it's a 2.5...



https://eunuchs.bandcamp.com/album/the-castration-of-gods



Get some you bet.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


25608 Comments


What in all holy hells is going on in that cover!?

Digging: Anette Olzon - Strong

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not sure if I want that art featured or not tbh...

parksungjoon
September 11th 2021


35441 Comments


ive always liked the word feculent

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I do need to expand on my calligraphy.

parksungjoon
September 11th 2021


35441 Comments


what genre is this

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bandcamp says black metal. Music says no. avant, progressive, lounge, bender-core would be more accurate.

parksungjoon
September 11th 2021


35441 Comments


>Bandcamp says black metal. Music says no.

lmao is that the reason u checked it?

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It relates to me in the same way "Dear Anthony" by Killsong does.

parksungjoon
September 11th 2021


35441 Comments


tbh ive seen tagging cockups on bandcamp before, altho usually its a label page mistakenly (automatically?) applying the same tags to multiple unrelated releases

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think there's a label here to blame. Mostly, and this is on me - I was drawn by whatever the fuck that art is.

parksungjoon
September 11th 2021


35441 Comments


i dont spend enough time exploring bandcamp as some people on this site, and i dont know if this is against the rules or whatever

but it could also be that they just threw a bunch of unrelated tags to get nerds to check their shit

Pon
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2021


5061 Comments


"I thought that Eunuchs was metal... I guess I was wrong..." - Gnocchi

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still listened to it over and over again…

Ashtiel
September 12th 2021


1260 Comments


oh good christ. that's the same artist who did the Tropical Fuck Storm album covers.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2021


15110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Does have the same wacky appeal

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2021


8474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FOMO jamming lezgo

parksungjoon
September 12th 2021


35441 Comments


rivers fomo

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2021


3349 Comments


it is a great review
n now i'm wondering what god's genitals would look like

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parksungjoon
September 12th 2021


35441 Comments


a rancid festering turd



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