Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Review: Boudain - Boudain

The four members of Boudain have been kicking around the swampy Louisiana underground since 2006. Only recently having recorded their first bit of material, the self-titled EP Boudain is quite a mystery; a silhouette pig on a slab of slate with the band's logo on the front, and a grill rack over flaming hot coals for the CD art. Armed with five original songs and one ZZ Top cover, just what the hell could this album encompass?

Genre: Stoner/Doom Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: April 16th, 2013
  1. Slaveman
  2. Moonshinin'
  3. King of the Cosmos
  4. Trailerpark
  5. Kalifornia
  6. Just Got Paid
Total Playtime: 31 minutes, 04 seconds







Rating: 10/10




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The four members of Boudain have been kicking around the swampy Louisiana underground since 2006. Only recently having recorded their first bit of material, the self-titled EP Boudain is quite a mystery; a silhouette pig on a slab of slate with the band's logo on the front, and a grill rack over flaming hot coals for the CD art. Armed with five original songs and one ZZ Top cover, just what the hell could this album encompass?

The e-mail that I received containing a promotional download link for the Boudain EP was one that I imagine could have been done in cut out magazine letter, ala 'kidnapping and ransom' style. Here's the link, here's the promotional code, we're a four piece rock band from Louisiana, want to review us? Sure! I'll review anything that gets sent my way, but rarely do I get material that is so mysterious. Rock? Generic rock, I figured, usually what you hear on modern radio stations, so to say the least I wasn't too intrigued at first. That all changed the second the play button was hit.

Boudain have sold themselves short in just presenting themselves as a 'rock band', and unfortunately have almost certainly missed out on review opportunities from sites that will refuse any 'generic rock' material. The band are in fact some of the most far-out, grittiest, grimiest, crunchiest, grooviest, heaviest stoner/doom metal to grace Volumes of Sin in a very long time. The guitar and bass take advantage of the perfect amount of fuzz distortion, which gives a certain muggy marshland atmosphere to the content. The guitar integrates string bends for additional vibration along side chunky power chord riffs that scale in tempo; from slow doom hymns to mid tempo heavy metal grooves that are well known among the stoner metal scene. The uptempo guitar compositions help to keep lethargic segments from becoming dull, since as with typical stoner/doom metal the listener can expect to hear elongated riff sections repeated a number of times.

Deep, satisfying bass lines are abound within the mid-ground of the album. In tone, the bass is slightly lower than the guitar, helping to distinguish between the two with ease among the smoked out haze of fuzz distortion. Lining the background are the sluggish drums as they create hi-hat and snare combination percussion montages. In "King of the Cosmos" the drums are allowed a tribal solo at the beginning and continue with the pattern for a good thirty seconds until regressing to their usual hi-hat, snare, bass drum cortege. While the drums do tend to take on the same kit elements, the patterns stick to the main guitar riffs in most cases. As for the vocals, they lie somewhere in limbo between clean accent to slightly growly; see Orange Goblin for more detail. Actually, a good portion of the material sounds like a heavier version of Frequencies from Planet Ten.

Boudain is a perfect EP to sit down and toke a joint or rip a bong to. The content is chilled, laid back and filled to the excess with what fans of the genre would want to hear. A ripping bass line, relaxed drumming, otherworldly solos and fascinating guitar riffs will take the audience's mind on a journey into the cosmos for a full thirty minute getaway into the stratosphere. What could help improve the content further are more inventive musical compositions and a larger drum kit. Highly recommended for fans of stoner, doom and heavy metal, don't let the generic 'rock' description throw you off from this album. So sit back, light up your device of choice, hit play and ensure the repeat button is pushed.

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