A crazily ticking metronome with an odd beat opens up 2008’s Board Up the House. It serves as a good expectation of what’s about to come; an ungainly mixture of grind’s menace and speed, Coil-like electronic weirdness, and a more advanced sense of space and depth. The vocals come in two shapes, one being a paralyzing screech that reminds you A LOT like Jacob Bannon, and the other is a somewhat robotic and haunting clean vox full of sad and creepy melody. The drums feel less mechanical, more human. Toolkit from Hell I think.
“Board Up the House” begins the album with an extended statement of what’s to come. Everything is more integrated, looser while fitting more ingeniously with each riff/keyboard lead. The all out balls to the wall destruction isn’t as haywire as before, but song’s flow is incredible.
Next comes the blasting cybergrind of “Endless Teeth” and leads the way to “Things Don’t Look Good” This gives you the first peak at GT’s way with melody. An ambient piece noodles around until “I Won’t Come Back Alive.” This song is more of the same formula, but with the same sense of epic approach. And when you spark up the joint you’ll realize this album is a lot more doom-y and trippy than any band mashing such parts together ever should. “City on a Hill” is similar to the title track from Dead Mountain Mouth, and the next two songs continue in similar fashion.
Then, as if to let you know this band is still as heavy as the last two albums, Greg Puciato from the Dillinger Escape Plan pops in to drop a bomb. “The Feast” is one of the most jarring, searing, and face-destroying pieces GT has done. A slight interlude goes on before the last track arrives. At over 10 minutes, “Relief” winds it’s grand scope with a doom atmosphere convincingly, the repetitive voyage comes out as a beauty of an ending to a brilliant album.
As with any Genghis Tron release, it will take repeated listens for everything to sink in. First few listens feels like an impenetrable blast of power, but it will reveal itself. And once it does, you’ll be left enjoying one of the best experimental metal albums of 2008.