Big Dumb Face
Where is Duke Lion? He’s Dead…
Big Dumb Face, the side project of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, has returned with their first album in 15 years. And it is quite the auditory journey. It is important to note that billing this record as a Limp Bizkit side project can set some misleading expectations: with the exception of one track, this is not a nu-metal album. In fact, it is a good idea to go into this record with no expectations at all. Whatever anyone unfamiliar with Big Dumb Face thinks this music is going to sound like, they’re probably wrong.
That is due in part to the fact that this album doesn’t really follow one particular genre. The label closest to describing it would be “joke metal” (think Tenacious D), but even that doesn’t do it justice. The record takes many twist and turns: one minute it’s grindcore and the next it’s reggae. The genre changes are ripe with humor-inducing irony. For example, the seventh track, “The Blood Maiden,” uses joyfully upbeat Jamaican steel drums to contrast the lyrics about summoning a demon. Track 10, “Where Do All The Good Guys Go,” uses an organ and echoey church vocals to poke fun at the moral elite. Most of the album is dominated by spazzy speed metal, layered with plenty of sound effects that essentially function as gags: vomiting, dogs barking, robotic voices arguing with themselves, and so on.
While this is a really enjoyable album, it is not a serious album. The lyrics – and much of the music, for that matter – are intentionally humorous, and listeners who take this music too seriously or literally are only going to be confused. Going into WIDL?HD with zero expectation, an open mind, and an appetite for fun is essential to properly appreciate Big Dumb Face’s latest contribution.