Sometimes you get handed ones like this – an album from a band who you’ve never heard of and a swift trek through the realms of the worldwide web brings back nothing except for a couple of album cover pictures and the name of their latest album, which you know because you’re trying to write about it.
((Thorlock)) are one such band, and their self-titled debut album shows them to have a pretty eclectic set of influences, yet it all comes together to make a strangely coherent racket. Opening track ‘Assneck’ is a pile-driving force of punk rock simplicity and sped-up doom riffing, with anarcho-style vocals over the top. Quite frankly, most of the songs are like this, which may excite you or it may not, but when applied to their pumped-up covers of Kiss’ ‘Deuce’ and Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World,’ it’s absolutely bloody marvellous.
There are slower, doomier moments of course, like the near-eighteen minutes of space rock weirdness that is ‘Beyond Cosmic Dimensions’ that sounds like Discharge covering Cathedral, probably after some intoxication.
It’s quite difficult to know if ((Thorlock)) are serious or not, seeing as searches bring up tags like ‘piss fork’ and ‘cock exploder’, but it doesn’t really matter as their addictive brand of stoner/doom/sludge/crust/punk/rock/metal/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is pretty much beyond any real criticism. It quite simply rocks like a bastard.