FAT DUKES OF FUCK, THE: A Compendium of Desperation, Morality and Dick Jokes: LP

Nov 22, 2017

There seems to be a trend in underground music currently where there’s an increased emphasis on loud and ugly rock, from more traditional noise rock to experimental metal and everything in between. This record fits into part of that, somewhere. There are contributions from noise rock royalty, including members of The Melvins and Jesus Lizard (including the cover art by David Yow) that will certainly pique some interest from fans, but, musically, this sits as more of a weird, experimental, non-serious, non-pretentious metal record… but not enough in a good way. The packaging (despite the famous howler behind the cover art) is seemingly intentionally ugly, their name is absolutely cringe-worthy, and the record title is questionable, all things that fit right into the predictable noise rock aesthetic. There are parts of songs here that I like, some heavy riffing and interesting other bits, but on the whole I really couldn’t find much here to sink my teeth into. Despite loving many bands that fit under the noise rock stable, this strays too far from the things I like about this scene. –Mark Twistworthy (thefatdukesoffuck.bandcamp.com)

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