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Boss Keloid – Family The Smiling Thrush

Boss Keloid
Family The Smiling Thrush
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 14 August 2021, 10:48 AM

Hailed as one of the heavy music world’s most unbelievably stunning experiences, BOSS KELOID are a band driven by a burning need to move forward. Rising from the Stoner/Progressive underground in the UK, they've produced some of the most mind-altering, genre-bending music while gaining a reputation for never standing still. Now the band are ready to take their next step. Having signed to Ripple Music, fans can expect the music to ring loud and clear on new album 'Family the Smiling Thrush,' transcending labels like Stoner, Psych, Prog and even Metal, fully bursting out of any and all classifications to create something upliftingly fresh and powerfully unique. The album contains seven tracks.

“Orang the Noyn” leads off the album. It opens with soft and smooth Prog tones, and a meaty bass line. The mood is somber and dark, and the song mires in this sound for much of its length. I hear some Stoner elements, and even some Psychedelic elements, especially in the guitar riff and vocals. Genre wise, it straddles the line pretty well between Hard Rock and Metal. “Gentle Clovis” is a little shorter, but the sound is similar. A heavy, slow and crushing guitar riff combines well with Hurst’s raspy vocals. Some melodies come through here as well. This is indeed quite original music. The chorus is rich and full, and the production clear. I love the melody line that rears its head after the middle section…it’s so catchy and smooth.

“Hats the Manrill” is a darker offering, where the guitars continue this mesmerizing gaze, and the bass joins in as well. Hurst sings his ass off here, really belting some emotion into the music. Towards the end, it slows a bit, holding on some clean guitars and a smoother groove, then anger takes over until the end. The title track is the shortest on the album, clocking in at just over five minutes. Those melodies that they let out are so damn catchy, juxtapositioned against a harder and more dissonant groove. One thing is for sure, you never quite know what direction the band is taking the song.

“Cecil Succulent” is a more straightforward song, beginning with a softer blueprint that leads to an all-out assault of heavier and more somber tones. The combination of these two styles is where the true magic happens on the album. “Grendle” begins with a darker sound, fueled by a steady bass line, harmonized vocals, and some gentle riffs. It is poised to strike at any minute, and strike it does. The murky elements come through strong, ultimately muddying the song as it continues on with a slower groove. “Flatt Contoller” closes the album. Choppy, Progressive mar the first part of the song, with dissonant guitar tones. This is a different sound…as it moves along, the melancholy tones become more pronounced, and it ends with charming acoustical guitars.

This album was a very unique listening experience. The band combine several different genres of music into one central sound, and although you can hear the individual elements of Prog, Stoner, Psychedelic, and others, it’s the final, mixed product where you can really hear the band’s strong songwriting skills. The track titles should be a clue to what you are listening to…they are unique, and personal. You can fairly easily get lost in the sound here, which is the point of music in the first place.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Orang of Noyn
2. Gentle Clovis
3. Hats the Mandrill
4. Smiling Thrush
5. Cecil Succulent
6. Grendle
7. Flatt Controller
Paul Swarbrick – Guitar
Alex Hurst – Vocals, Guitar
Ste Arands – Drums, Percussion
Liam Pendlebury-Green – Bass
Record Label: Ripple Music


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