Boss Keloid Unveil Herb Your Enthusiasm Album Teaser
Teaser video premier’s three new tracks with footage taken from their recent Riff Fest performance
The underground scene, especially regarding current stoner, sludge and doom movements, is in rude health right now. Boss Keloid are a band at the forefront of those waves, acting as flagbearers by writing filthy noise from their pulsating hearts.
For those who weren’t at the recent Riff Fest in Bolton, it was an event that paid homage to all things heavy in the UK’s underground metal scene in a whirl of noise and booze and Wigan’s Boss Keloid were without a doubt one of the best acts to grace the stages there. They utilised the occasion to air some brand new songs off their forthcoming record Herb Your Enthusiasm.
Now they have compiled footage from that show to give fans a taste of the new album.
Axis Of Green is the first to grace your ears, it’s thick, hypnotic riffs leaning on Eastern tonalities alongside a more traditional Western aggressiveness a la Neurosis, Kyuss and Sleep. There’s a hint of early Soundgarden in the guitar work, the whole thing sounding earth-shakingly massive. Haarleem Struggle is slower than public transport, with echoic, enchanting vocals bringing to mind some sort of evil religious cult. Lung Mountain meanwhile is a ménage of jittering rhythms and barraging fuzz tones, frontman Alex Hurst roaring maniacally over the top.
If this teaser doesn’t get you excited then you have serious issues.
Says guitarist Paul Swarbrick: “Going into Skyhammer and working with Chris we had positive expectations, and they were exceeded without doubt. He is a really great guy to work with and completely understood what we wanted to achieve. He was willing to listen and incorporate our ideas, but also challenged and pushed to get the most out of us during tracking. Also, both Chris and Jon provided their vocal talents on a couple of tracks including Lung Mountain which we were really grateful for.”
The record, which was recorded and mixed at Skyhammer Studios by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Napalm Death), is set to be released in early 2016 with mastering credits going to James Plotkin (Khanate, Isis, Palms).