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Album Review

Despite their innocently angelic faces, the young foursome comprising Norwich, England's the Boy Will Drown are not to be trifled with. Their music matches the unparalleled brutality of grindcore with an astounding technicality on par with the top American math metal bands, while their song titles (most obviously opening number "Deep Throat") promise overt sexuality in keeping with their debut album's title, Fetish, but deliver horrific and violent perversions of the same, seemingly derived from a serial killer's warped point of view. For example: the horrific case of father Josef and daughter Elisabeth Fritzl (where the former kept the latter captive for 20 years of sexual abuse) is granted two horrific songs here, both filled with incredibly disturbing lyrics; and additional cuts like "Irminsul" and "Dead Girls (Don't Say No)" follow close behind in terms of provocative creepiness. The band also embarks on more traditional areas of metallic nihilism, as well, though, and it must be said that the sheer complexity of their musical logarithms — not to mention the fury with which they are projected — ultimately ensures that listeners are left bloodied, beaten, and disoriented, in their wake, but, thankfully not quite annihilated. Although, ironically, with linear rhythms and straightforward mosh passages so few and far between, this is music that only seriously mind-f**ked individuals like those profiled in its lyrics could possibly have sex to! Fetish is certainly never dull, that's for sure, even if only a very limited selection of extreme metal enthusiasts will be able to withstand its fearsome onslaught, or make heads or tail of its Byzantine complexities.

Customer Reviews


Just recently started listening to these guys, this album is awesome. Love the lyrics and reading into some of the crazy subjects they decide to write about. Highly Recommended.

And to everyone complaining that they didnt put out the same record twice. Get over it. Bands progress and expand their fanbase and their musicality. Not pidgeon-hole themselves into one genre playing in front of the same karate kickin kids every single night.

album of the year

technical and original, you MUST support this band

i prefer their EP

they lost the escense of their old sound, fetish is bs compared to their ep


Formed: 2005 in Norwich, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A math-metal band from Norwich, England, the Boy Will Drown formed in 2005 and issued their first eponymous EP independently just two years later, quickly earning respectability with their incredibly complex musicianship as well as the fury of their performances. Fittingly, by 2009, vocalist Tom, guitarist Liam, bassist James, and drummer Ed found themselves signed to grindcore...
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Fetish, The Boy Will Drown
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