It’s very rare you come across a band as tight and in the pocket this early on in their careers as Boss Keloid are on their second album “The Calming Influence of Teeth.” Sounding like the bastard hybrid of Clutch, Mastodon with a slight sprinkling of The Dillinger Escape Plan thrown in there and you already have a band sound like they take on bands twice their size in terms of quality of riffs and musicality.
Opening track ‘Whinehorse’ kicks the album off to a flying start with a furious groove that manages to maintain its effect heaviness throughout the song without once feeling stale or cease to be crushing. The album manages to walk the tight rope balancing being as heavy as an elephants ball bag and maintaining a level of complexity that you still feel the need for a calculator for to work out the technical time signatures.
Whilst tracks like ‘Locking Stumps’ and ‘Muscular Grin’ delivering slabs of sludgy riffs to your hearts content it’s the bands more technical moments which are slightly reminiscent of “We Are The Romans” era Botch with a technical precision and mathy vibes which is equally complemented by the bands miraculous skill of remaining heavy as fuck at the same time.
Vocally it’s aggressive barrage of southern blues, a real departure from singer Alex Hurst’s other more bluesy work in The Hicks, Whereas Keloid delivers a vocal barrage of Neil Fallon influenced phonetic mayhem, packed to the rafters with character and intonation.
Overall, Boss Keloid’s second album delivers a more aggressive technical and overall more sludgy beast than what was present on their first outing. If this is just the start of the journey for these guys I can’t wait to see where it finishes.
2. Locking Stumps
3. Skipper’s Pipes
4. Manson Lamps
5. Muscular Grin
6. Bellow of Blackened Beasts
7. Hoof Conductor
8. One For The Floorboards
9. Firm Set of Hordes
10. Madam Palindrome