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Big Dumb Face
Duke Lion Fights The Terror!!
UNI/Geffen


I just graduated from college, and I can't say I've had enough money to buy any new albums because I like to eat and stuff. But for what money I have had to spend on music this year, I've mostly bought older albums I've read about or have had recommended to me. However there was one album I did buy which is a bit embarrassing --please don't judge me too harshly.

Big Dumb Face is the side project of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. Any connection to Bizkit, Carson Daly, or the MTV should be association enough as to invite vomit to drive up the esophagus of any right-thinking music elitist like myself, and symbolically direct it out of their fingers and on to the keyboard to take part in the fire of an angry diatribe. And as ashamed as I might be, that just isn't happening in writing about BDFís first album, Duke Lion Fights The Terror!!. The album was produced, engineered, written, and performed by Borland and a handful of interchanging others in a home studio, with thankfully no sign of Fred Durst anywhere on the piece. It is impeccably produced and equally revels in both cheesy grandeur and sarcastic evil.

Borland's voice does not appear once without the aid of a pitch shifter or variety of other effects, while the song writing takes equal time to pay tribute to or make fun of Slayer/Ministry thrash, as well as 80's New Wave/Goth, sometimes on the same track. But the cartoonish voices paint a dark and vivid Claypool-ish world far higher in the lyrical gene pool than Fred Durstís idiotic raps, and the experimental song writing and garage-mac production are far more progressive than Limpís packaged angst for sad suburban children.

The rousing "Kali Is The Sweethog" or the friendly "Itís Right In Here" would be catchy enough to make an impact with Bizkitís TRL audience, save for the pitch shifter, but this album wasnít designed for massive radio play or huge sales. It brought me hope to see a major label (Geffen) get behind (or at least release) an album that existed solely to experiment with the form of rock and roll, not merely create revenue for shallow egomaniacs and their bosses. But of course, Duke Lion was a flop, which probably means we may never hear from Wes and pals again, but we can certainly still sit back and enjoy one of most refreshing voices to arise from major label rock since the Korning of the genre.

- Evan Dashevsky

Track Listing:

  1. Burgalveist
  2. Duke Lion
  3. Kali Is The Sweethog
  4. Blood Red Head On Fire
  5. Space Adventure
  6. Fightiní Stance
  7. Organ Splitter
  8. Mighty Penis Laser
  9. Robot
  10. Rebel
  11. Voices In The Wall
  12. Itís Right In Here

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