Release date: July 4, 2018
Format: Digital and physical
Label: Bad Taco Records
Location: Baltimore, MD
Current Lineup: Per Facebook
Ron “Elvistopholes” Clark – Vocals and Latex Modeling;
Sean “Rev. Von Horrorsin” Harrison – Drums and Baby Making;
Bugsy “Dr. Pervert West” Bryant – Guitar and Heavy Drinking;
“The Goatman”, Jude Iscariot – Guitar and Prison Stories;
Nick the Genie – Bass and jumping around
Favorite Tracks: Puppet Massacre, Baltimore Lean, Call of Cthulhu, Seed, Stupidville USA,
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Exploited, FEAR, The Damned, Circle Jerks, The Cramps, New York Dolls, Dead Kennedys
Blinding Eye Dog – “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon!”
When writing album reviews sometimes I have the hardest time aligning a band with a certain genre. There are so many different genres of punk these days. It actually makes my job somewhat difficult. There’s post punk, hardcore, horror punk, pop punk, skate punk, and etc. Most people, not all have their own favorite genres. My favorite genre is more of a classic sound like the Clash or The Damned.
So what happens when you find a band that combines so many different genres? You get Baltimore punks, Blinding Eye Dog! Their latest album, “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon” dropped on the 4th of July. This album struck me. I really wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of different genres. Lately we’ve had our fair share of hardcore and pop punk.
So let’s check out some of my favorites from the album. “Icenian Queen” starts off the album with a horror punk sound. It reminds me a bit off the Damned’s, “Machine Gun Etiquette”. It has a great classic sound, with ripping shreds on guitar. “StupidVille USA, is next up on the track list.
This song has a powerful message and sadly defines the state of the American union. How many bad things in small towns are swept under the rug? I really enjoy the progression and drums on this one. “Feel The Bern”, is up next. This song has a more hardcore edge to it and it kicks ass!
“Baltimore Lean”, a little slower, yet still has somewhat of a steely sound on bass. This one has some catchy lyrics to it and sounds a little like the New York Dolls. “Puppet Massacre’ is up next. This would be my favorite on the album. It’s more on the horror punk side. It has a kick ass guitar intro and wicked vocals.
“Tom Otter’s Lane”, is up next on the track list. This song sounds very Black Flag influenced. It fast and heavy. There’s a sweet little guitar shred towards the end. “ I Can’t Believe It’s Not Haggis”, rolls the album on. This one really sounds like a Cramps song at the intro. See where I’m going with this?
“Call of Cthulhu”, is up next on the album. This would be my second favorite song. This one has more of a Dead Kennedy’s sound. It’s catchy and drums pound. This one is a crazy pit waiting to happen. “Frankenhooker” comes in with a Dead Boys like sound. The lyrics are funny, better watch out for the Frankenhooker!
“Bong of Cthulhu”, well this one has more of metal sound. I guess this would be called, “Stoner Punk”? Haha. This one slows the record’s progression down, with a little funk. “Seed” is up next on the track list. This one really sounds like FEAR. It speeds the album back up.
“Grab Life”, is up next. It continues the speed with some great drums and excellent vocals. This is about the evil orange haired monster, “Führer Trump”. “Rush Hour” is up next. It continues the fast pace of the album. This is probably my third favorite song on the record. I love the surf punk fuzz on this one.
“Cum On Aileen”, this is a pure horror punk song. This one has some great drum work. “Berserker”, is up next on the record. No not the “Berserker” song from Clerks, haha! This one has almost a metal undertone to it. “Honey, It’s Okay”, I absolutely love the trumpet and vocals on this one. This is like a serial killer’s theme song!
Overall “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon”, should be in every punk’s collection. Personally I’d love to have this on vinyl simply for a more raw sound. The combination of genres and influences marks this one as one of the more memorable albums of 2018. You can pick up a physical copy here, https://blindingeyedog.bandcamp.com/album/rlyeh-wasnt-built-in-a-decade-hon
1. Icenian Queen
2. Stupidville, USA
3. Feel the Bern
4. Baltimore Lean
5. Puppet Massacre
6. Tom Otter’s Lane
7. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Haggis
8. Call of Cthulhu
10. Bong of Cthulhu
12. Grab Life
13. Rush Hour
14. Cum On Aileen
16. Honey, It’s Okay