Every once in a while an album comes along that raises the question, “Is this brilliant or completely insane?” Born in the cosmic nether that lies between black metal, rave techno, and hardstyle, Phuture Doom’s LP from OWSLA will have you asking yourself this question.
BURN THE KNOWLEDGE
At times it almost seems farcical: take the first few tracks, for example. It’s got the shredding guitar and blurred double kick drum from Norwegian black metal, combined with the heaviest of electro drops. Essentially, Phuture Doom has taken the heaviest, most recognisable sounds from several very different genres and mashed them together. It’s so fucking crazy that it has to be a joke, right?
No, it’s completely serious. It’s also totally awesome. Keep listening.
So we’ve had black metal and hardstyle so far, why not add some drum & bass to the mix?
Phuture Doom heard you like really, really heavy breakbeats. This track is called “Mach 100” for a reason: breaks so fast they’re liable to burn a hole in your headphones. Good luck trying to dance to this one.
DOOM TERROR CORPS
This is where Phuture Doom really shows off their versatility. While it’s still heavy like before, we’ve shifted out of the realm of Scandinavian metal and have moved towards Central European rave techno. With the repeated vocal track, “Each time that darkness falls” sitting on top of an aggressive rave techno beat, it’s pretty easy to imagine a bunch of kandi kids wearing trench coats and gasmasks losing their shit. Imagine seeing this live - you want to see it live, right?
Ending the LP in style is the track “Exodus,” which samples the Oscar winning track of the same title. While it has the destructive energy of the earlier tracks, this one is toned down and somehow it’s even a little beautiful.
Well that was a trip, wasn’t it? Chances are you don’t like it now, but just as it takes time to appreciate a complex piece of artwork, you will start to see the merit behind the madness in the Phuture Doom LP.
Or you can just keep hating it. Your loss.