Down with the Sickness: Black Fucking Cancer, Reviewed

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I really hope I’m the first to use this title.

In heavy metal it’s pretty easy to assume what any given band will sound like based solely on their name and logo. Toxik just sounds like a technical thrash band, Cemetery Filth is pretty clearly a death metal band, and Machine Head is so painfully just the sound of bleaching hair. If your name to sound association skills are up to par then it should come as no surprise that Black Fucking Cancer (what a name!) play a truly acidic brand of black metal.

After hanging around for what seems like ages, the band is readying the release of their eponymous debut, due out on Graceless Recordings and Osmose Productions, and it delivers exactly what you’d expect based on their 2011 demo Summoning Aural Hell. Things kick off rather ominously with a gentle reverberating tink, like a forge hammer lost in time and trying to be heard over the ever present growl of bass. Any hope to hear its cries are soon lost, as guitars quickly take over the duty of hammering away, drums not too distantly behind. The only pause in this aural storm is merely to set you up for the heart of it. Guitars quickly swarm in sounding like every angered bee in existence buzzing all at once. In the background the bass guitar and bass drums provide an almost indistinguishable rumble. This proves more of an annoyance the further you get, but in the moment it adds another layer of chaos to an already frantic burner of a song. It slows again briefly, perhaps just to make sure you’re still alive, only to kick back into overdrive and assuring you that it doesn’t particularly care one way or the other.

Sounds like one hell of a way to kick off an album, doesn’t it? I assure you that it absolutely is, and the start to the next track, “Acid ocean,” is no slouch either. It starts out banging and rarely lets up on that pace, all while working in some bouncier riffs that may offer more groove than you’re accustomed to in black metal. Now, you may have noticed that I said “the start of” this track. Well, that’s because the back half of this twelve minute track slows down to a funeral doom crawl of tremolo notes and hellish soundscapes. A minute or two could have closed out the song while setting an eerie atmosphere, but at 6 minutes it really just kills the momentum. “Blood Stained Whore” opens with a much more measured pace than the previous two songs but doesn’t take too terribly long to get back to the band’s usual speed, only to get into the most headbangably sludge riff on the album.

This all culminates in a pile of feedback that bleeds into “SinnVoidRitual,” the first four and a half minutes of which are also feedback. At this point is where the album stumbles a bit. Four songs and ten minutes of feedback in you’ve no doubt heard a handful of similar riffs or ideas across multiple songs. Perhaps it’s just the nature of noisy, caustic music such as this that it will begin to blend together the further you listen, or perhaps the riffs are intentionally similar. Regardless, it begins to feel more like a vigorous trek than a delightfully hellish journey to make it to the standout moments like the chugging triplet section of “SinnVoidRitual.”

The final three tracks pretty much keep up and remix what the four prior have done, to similar results. There are some really great moments presented here, and when everything falls into lockstep it feels as powerful and destructive as anything in the world, it can just take a while to get there and doesn’t make the best use of its downtime between songs and can harp on said songs’ slower moments. The highs are pretty high, though, and mostly make up for the lows on a sometimes frustrating listen.

3.5 out of 5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell

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Black Fucking Cancer’s self titled debut is out on Graceless Recordings and Osmose Productions on June 24th. Song stream courtesy Decibel Magazine

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  • Waynecro

    This is pretty bad ass. Thanks for the great review!

  • Stanley

    That riff at 5:35 is quite nice (with the drums and all).

  • such a shame about all the feedback and funeral doom. that embedded track is a RIPPER!
    (speaking of Toxik… do they sound like Vektor or Havok by any chance?)

    • Dubbbz

      MORE HAVOK THAN VEKTOR

  • Dubbbz

    GOOD REVIEW MUSTACHEBEAR

  • CyberneticOrganism

    *goes to nearest garage to headbang*

    • “Honey, I thought I told you not to headbang in the house!”

      • Waynecro

        “Dear, if that new Black Fucking Cancer album makes you rage and thrash around anywhere near our fine china, you’re moving into the garage where you can’t break any of our precious things!”

        • “Don’t let the kids see you doing it, Al. I don’t need to spend the next ten years washing bloodstains out of Slayer shirts…”

          • RJA

            Actual conversation at my house:
            Wife: What will the kids say when you wear “toilet ov hell” shirts?”
            Me: “They will either think I’m very cool or a loser – either way they will be wrong because I’m a totally average/boring individual”

          • Dubbbz

            SPOUSAL UNIT CALLED RED/BLACK TOILET SHIRT 2SPOOPY

          • Waynecro

            My ex never noticed my TovH shirt (or my various haircuts).

          • RJA

            Mine said I could wear it in the winter underneath my flannels – so I plan on bringing it out at a family function sometime of course.

          • “hon, i need to raise these kids to know that Tech Death is talked about on THURSDAYS.”

          • RJA

            Tuesday is for new releases (even though they come out on Friday now) and Tacos. Thursday is for Tech Death – Somebody has to keep this straight for the children.

          • “kids, there’s no way in hell you’re going to church; but it’s definitely time for Sunday Sesh…”

          • Tech Death on a Tuesday? Pffffft. I’d rather vote for Trump.

          • Stanley

            The new shirt is very nice indeed. Better than the 1st, I reckon.

          • I like the first better because it just looks so grotesque. And also because I fucked up and didn’t get the new shirt. >:(

          • Waynecro

            I like the new tank top because #BuffToiletBros.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            the tank top is righteous. glad i ordered 2x because it barely contains me still

          • Waynecro

            The TovH tank top was my gateway tank top. I have since purchased additional tank tops.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            man, wait til you get on the level of just ripping off sleeves

          • Waynecro

            All my gym shirts are old metal T-shirts with the sleeves cut off. I have not ripped any sleeves with my bulging muscles alone. My upper back has gotten a lot broader in the past couple years, so I may be able to rip an old suit jacket with righteous flexing.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            we all believe in you wayne

          • Waynecro

            Your faith increases my vascularity.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Too bad they didn’t have any babydoll sizes for me. #ScrawnyToiletBroBuiltLikeKarenCarpenter

          • Stanley

            I didn’t get the one with the pooch on it.

          • Well I couldn’t shame anyone for passing on that one. But I can certainly shame myself for trying to order the new one while drinking and…not succeeding.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            upvotes

          • Stanley

            Fucking up <<<<<<<<

          • Waynecro

            “My mother told me this would happen if I married you. ‘Your house is going to stink of sweaty band T-shirts, beer belches, and rowdy goings-on’ she said, but I ignored her. Where’s the sensitive man I married?”

          • Stanley

            Ha ha!

          • “Al, I KNOW I told you to quit using my lavender candles to summon Ashgagzograschthz. Those are decorative candles, Al–they’re not for dark rituals.”

          • Waynecro

            “And for god’s sake, stop trying to claim Shub-Niggurath and her thousand young as dependents on our tax forms!”

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Just replace Meatloaf with the wife:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVbbtuJfgIc

          • more beer

            Shut up and make me a sandwhich!

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf
      • CyberneticOrganism

        STOP THE CONCERT THERE’S A HUGE GHOSTWOLF EVERYBODY RUUUN

        • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

          And no killer robot to save us!

  • Owlswald

    I’m usually very picky when it comes to my black metal but this is awesome. I also don’t mind the bass drum since I can still hear what’s going on. Sign me the FUCK UP on June 24th.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    OT: I hate to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to announce that I finally get to see Coheed and Cambria and I will be buying a meet and greet tickets

    • Waynecro

      Fuck yeah, dude! When I saw them recently, they played a bunch of the classics. You’re in for one helluva show!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I’m going to be seeing Ted Nugent at The Chance in August. I’m skipping quite a few shows to be able to afford tickets but I will still be seeing Lynch Mob.

      • RJA

        I saw Ted Nugent about 15 years ago – it was honestly pretty good. Of course he wasn’t a true American quite yet.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          i bet ted couldnt hang with the likes of me anymore but i would hang out with ted nugent/10

      • Stanley

        How much is a ticket?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I don’t know yet. Prices haven’t been announced yet.

          • hopefully there aren’t any other good bands playing on the same night

          • Abradolf Lincler

            so many bands come to jjds area

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Why would there be? They wouldn’t book anything in the other venue when someone of his caliber is coming. He’s a pretty big draw in my area.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            I’m very very scared about your area then! Expect a fuckload of guys in overalls and “Make America Great Again” hats, and the overpowering smell of chewing tobacco.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            can confirm parts of new york are much like my area without mountains

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Thankfully I’m in the urban part of VA. Pretty much 75% of the people here aren’t even from VA (or even America in a lot of cases), mostly because of the military and the colleges. Outside of HR, though, it definitely gets redneck as hell. There’s a couple of redneck areas in Hampton, but then again Hampton’s a clusterfuck of different neighborhoods.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            you dont even have to drive out of town to see some hee haw shit around here man

            and its awesome. its the tourists that make it shitty

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            I’m a city cat, so kinda thankful with what I have here. It took me a while to adjust to it, but it beats Southside Chicago, especially after shit that’s been going on there this year.

          • Ayreonaut

            I’m from upstate NY and let me tell you what… The town I come from is more redneck than places in deep virginia I’ve been to.its really ridiculous, I’ve heard it called the down south up north. There are more trucks and tractors than cars here. More farms than houses on my road. More confederate flags than a skynyrd concert.

          • Ayreonaut

            Although I’m one to talk at one point I had three disassembled jeeps and two broken lawn mowers and a scrap pile in my yard and my house has never been washed and I still have three jeeps “on the road” and an entire room in the house dedicated to car parts

          • Stanley

            How much would you pay?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            *how many Doritos Tacos Dollars

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Andy Capps Dollars. *meets you in a dark alley, opens my trenchcoat and says “I got the stuff”*

          • Abradolf Lincler

            i didnt look for any the last day or two 🙁

          • more beer

            You may have to go to JJD’s area to get your fix.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Even a quick Google search didn’t turn up anything.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Not nore than 40. I found out it is 35 so I’m going

          • Abradolf Lincler

            that could be worth 35 bucks

      • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

        Enjoy about a third of his show being gun and political rants. I was about to see him years back at House Of Blues until I saw his shows online and decided to skip out for that reason.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          It doesn’t bother me. As long as he plays the hits I’ll be there.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            If he’d play a live show and in his words “shut up and jam”, I would’ve been there. I think the show I was about to go to was on the Craveman tour. Kickass album, except for that Bridge Over Troubled Daughters song (especially creepy coming from him).

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s the Love Grenade album.

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Oops!

    • RJA

      I never really got into Coheed and Cambria – but they seem like the type of band that would put on a damn good show.

      • Waynecro

        I’ve seen Coheed three times, and they tend to put on an outstanding show.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          im so excitebike

          • Waynecro

            It’s going to be so awesome. I’m glad you finally get to see them.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            i have been a fan since second stage turbine blade and have missed them every single opportunity

          • Waynecro

            I’ve been a fan only since The Back Rainbow, but I see the band whenever I can.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            their heaviest album for sure. underrated

          • Waynecro

            That’s why it was the first Coheed album I got into. Chris Pennie is a great metal drummer, and some of the songs on The Black Rainbow are pretty fucking heavy. I wanted to get into Coheed because my brother has been a huge fan forever, but they were never my jam until I heard that album. Now I like all the other albums as well.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            nothing will ever rival Good Apollo, Im Burning Star IV: Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. that album has so many memories attached to it, for me

          • Waynecro

            Fuck yes! Coheed means a lot to me because the band’s music gave me something I could use to reconnect with my brother after several years of problems. Now we always see Coheed together, which is great.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            inb4 btr: waynecro 2016

          • CyberneticOrganism

            “Hey, where’s the rainbow?”
            “In the back.”

            The Back Rainbow

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Was the Rainbow in the back a Double Rainbow?

          • Waynecro

            Crap. Whenever I make typos, The Chicago Manual of Style makes me cut myself.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            The song Impossible by Wu Tang Clan, specifically Ghostface Killah’s verse makes me want to cut myself because of how fucking beautiful it is. Ghostface’s delivery is absolutely perfect.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEtPSaZNDhw

          • Waynecro

            You should hug or high-five yourself instead.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I don’t cut myself but his verse makes me so sad. It makes me need a hug.

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Pentagram Sam

            Upvote cos this similarly happened to me. Didn’t get into them until like two weeks before Vol IV.I came out thru In Keeping Secrets… but it seemed like every damn time they played Austin or SA while I was living in SA, I missed em.

            Finally saw em play with Maiden in 2010 and huzzah! I enjoyed it, and they did do a cool version of Heaven N Hell. Honestly haven’t kept up with them since No World For Tomorrow, but not out of any dislike for the music.

    • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

      I thought they broke up and the one guy was back in At The Drive In, actually.

      • lelz

      • Abradolf Lincler

        if i get to meet Claudio i dont care

        • Waynecro

          CLAUDIO-OH! DEAR, CLAUDIO-OH! I WISH, GODDAMNIT, WE’LL MAKE IT IF YOU BELIEVE!!!

          • Abradolf Lincler

            strumming my heartstrings, wayne

          • Waynecro

            They played that song last time we saw them. We sang along so hard.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            gives me goosebumps thinkin about it.

          • Waynecro

            Dude, is Polyphia playing at the show you’re going to?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            yes. also Henry Rollins is coming two weeks later

          • Waynecro

            Polyphia kicks ass! That’s going to be an awesome show for sure!

          • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

            Now I got Abba’s ‘Fernando’ stuck in my head.

        • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf
  • RJA

    Naming your band black fucking cancer is a sure fire way to get my attention. Can’t imagine it would attract a lot of positive attention otherwise though!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Dark Friggin’ Flu just doesn’t have the same impact

      • Ayreonaut

        Lol

  • JWEG

    SinnVoidRitual

    Read that as “Sim VoidRitual”, and I can’t possible be alone in having done so.

    I’d totally buy that, even if EA had to be involved…

  • Abradolf Lincler

    so, last night i was finishing up dinner and we hear a noise. gf asks me “which cat is that?” im like “its not the cats.” lo and behold my new neighbors downstairs are outside brawling and throwing shit screaming “help! help!” and “call the police” in the hallway. this is loud enough to get all four of us on the second floor outside. so, i yelled some obscenities and called the cops. they of course did nothing.

    case in point, having neighbors is the worst and i hope they end up killing each other

    • more beer

      I would have pulled up a lawn chair. grabbed some beers and watched. Calling the cops. Never works out the way you want it to.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        yeah, i usually dont call the pigs. but those dumb cunts interrupted both my record and my dinner

        • more beer

          Me either. For me to call the cops. Something has to be really fucked up. I would be pissed if someone disturbed me like that too. If you were to just go down an and handle those fuckers you would end up in jail. So probably the right call.

  • God ov War

    HAIL SCHUBERT

    ;(

    • God ov War

      ;(

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Dirty black metal>>>>>>>>