Repeat Until Death
(Century Media Records)
Well, what do you know? Sweden’s Bombus are back and with a little bit of a different approach than the band’s sophomore album, The Poet and The Parrot. Considered a mix of heavy metal and hard rock, I consider them a lighter version of The Dillinger Escape plan and a heavier version of Queens Of The Stone Age. You could even compare them to Baroness or current era Mastodon if you wanted to, especially here. But the interesting thing about Repeat Until Death is that it’s a much shorter effort, albeit more commercial. However, this kind of hard-hitting chorus appeal could certainly appeal to millions of people all over the world, as most people generally like songs that get stuck in your head and I can assure you that these will. Just after hearing “Rust” it suddenly dawned on me that I might not be able to weasel this one out of my eardrums for a while. Then “Deadweight” came right in, which by all means should be some sort of single for the album as it not only pounds, but offers the catchiest chorus on this whole thing. What’s most important about Repeat Until Death however, is not the fact that it’s a much catchier and more commercial sounding album, but that the band haven’t actually sacrificed their sound in lieu of all this. Bombus still sound like Bombus, regardless of the fact that they’re not going in every which way at a hundred miles per hour anymore. That being said, it is a more solid and grounded approach.
Folks, the record is only a little more than a half an hour long, but it does a hell of a lot more than other post/stoner/doom style acts out there and definitely caught my attention more than the new Baroness. Even if Bombus are clearly playing in the bounce house of pop music with tracks like “I Call You Over” and the world of indie rock with closer “Get Your Cuts” it certainly sounds better than Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy and some of the other acts that they’re perhaps receiving influence from here. Even if that’s the case, I’d definitely rather listen to Repeat Until Death instead of the worthless slabs of plastic that those acts produce. It even sounds a bit like Killing Joke, especially during their mid-era. Maybe that’s a bit of reaching, but I feel it says a lot. So whether or not the disc was influenced by the hordes of popular music or a marijuana-induced product of each member’s third eye (look at their makeup on the Metal Archives page) it’s still a really great record that I think will bring the band some new fans. Structurally, I still prefer The Poet and The Parrot, but I wouldn’t expect them to go back into that direction again as it stifles creativity… regardless of what some will think of this unexpected change in direction. Nevertheless, Repeat Until Death is just the kind of record that will have tracks repeating inside your head for a very long time. (Eric May)