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Don't be afraid to wipe! - 76%

Galactus, July 17th, 2019

With Rigor Mortis calling it quits in 1991, some of the band's unspent energy birthed a short-lived crossover act known as Blohole. Trading-in the violent speed and thrash metal extremities of their parent group for the angst and airheaded-ness of crossover, Blohole retained their sense of humour, and clocking in at just under 29 minutes, Leave it to Blohole is an entertaining, offbeat entry to the genre. Bassist Casey Orr takes on vocal duties with a cheerful aggression, whilst the late and great Mike Scaccia shows restraint on guitar duty. Talented X-Cops and one-time Rigor Mortis drummer Mike Dunn rounds off the line-up.

Six of the album's ten tracks are faithful, straightforward stabs at the genre (almost to the point of parody), with Scaccia's schizophrenic soloing thrown in for an extra (if jarring) dimension. Covers "Piece of Shit" (The Mutants) and "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" (ZZ Top) are amusingly goofy highlights, and along with Blohole's crack at a boozy genre anthem, "All Fucked Up", are a must for any party-metal playlist.

Blohole breaks routine for the remaining originals: "Cockroaches Never Die" is a galloping, not-quite-groove industrial oddity, and the drum-machine relentlessness of "Eaten by Rats" bears more than a passing resemblances to early output from Ministry side-project Lard (a punk-infused industrial metal outfit fronted by Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys). Scaccia, of course, would have a hand in shaping Ministry's iconic hybrid of industrial thrash metal, so it's neat to hear him dicking around with the genre beforehand.

The crappy album cover should be the tip-off that there's no serious intent behind this release. Thankfully, Leave it to Blohole keeps the joke short and sweet, and it pays off.

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"Piece of Shit"
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