"Talk S**t Get Kissed" By Brojob-Album Review
Deathcore/Released Jan 1st, 2018
After a year of building up a following purely through online promotion, the comedic, gay-themed, internet metal band Brojob have released their debut full length album Talk Shit Get Kissed. It comes only two days after their debut live performance held at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio. I had the joy of attending the show which had inflated condoms being tossed around like beach balls and simulated sex acts between concert goers as some of the highlights. It was also the reveal of the band member's identities which had been kept secret up until the performance.
Brojob's rise to notoriety was essentially a master class in band promotion in the internet age. They premiered on YouTube and Bandcamp in January 2017 with their debut single "Talk Shit Get Kissed". The band's combination of downtempo deathcore with explicit descriptions of gay sex proved a winning combination as their fan base quickly grew. Later songs held features from notable artists in the deathcore world including CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder and Dickie Allen of Infant Annihilator. Furthering the band's popularity and giving them an air of legitimacy.
As for the album itself, it contains all of the band's original singles released throughout 2017 along with three unreleased tracks. The band's style is based in downtempo, beatdown, deathcore similar to bands such as I Declare War and Black Tongue. Eight string guitars with heavy reverb, punchy drum production, and copious use of breakdowns are staples of the band's sound. Jacob Wallace performs the deeper guttural vocals while Andrew Zink handles the melodic singing and higher range screams.
Lyrically most of the tracks revolve around describing what the speaker is going to do sexually to the listener. There's a deep well of quotable lines such as "This is the sound of a thousand clapping asses" and "I'm gonna show you how to make your bootiehole blink". But the fan favorite seems to be "Make me wait any longer and I'll suck that dick from the back". Despite the lowbrow humor the album does have some serious tracks sprinkled in such as "Save Yourself", "Let Go", and "Hate Is A Disease".
While the focus of the band's sound and image is humor these are extreme metal songs with extreme metal vocals. If the lyrics aren't previously known the listener could easily miss the humorous lyricism contained within. So the songs have to be carried by the music. Jacob Wallace has a relatively discernible death growl with a lot of power behind it and is a highlight of the band's sound. Zink's higher screamed vocals make for a good compliment to Wallace's but his melodic singing may come as an acquired taste. He has a very high singing range with a bit of a whiny tone. With the band's very aggressive instrumentation it can come off as jarring to hear the switch but does add a dash of emotion to the serious songs on the record. It fits best on "Hate Is A Disease" with the overall track having a more melodic focus.
Fans of beatdown should enjoy the instrumentation throughout the record but there is a degree of sameness with a lot of it. Many of the songs contain similar progressions of chugs and lean too heavily on the lyrics to carry the track. The tracks "Pen Island" and "Goth Is The New Black" do hold some catchy lead guitar work that give the songs more personality. "Tickle War" is a stand out track overall with its dynamic instrumentation and more bouncy rhythm. Along with having the deepest well of hilarious lyrics. "Teenie Weenie" is another favorite with its "ass clapping" intro and the excellent guitar solo guest spot from Lucas Mann of Rings Of Saturn. "Hate Is A Disease" is easily the best of the serious songs and shows that the band can blend quality melody into their sound without the reliance on humor.
Talk Shit Get Kissed is a solid record that's definitely different from most of the deathcore pack. It may entice fans new to deathcore to give the genre a try but likely won't be enough to win over some seasoned fans of the style who don't appreciate the humor Brojob brings. Beyond the comedy the music doesn't really set itself apart from other beatdown bands and it'll be interesting to see how well future songs from Brojob can hold up without the excessive guest spots. Not to mention if fans will eventually get tired of the novelty and how deep the group wants to dive into making serious material. Overall the album is worth a listen for a few chuckles and for those who are fine with some solid moshcore.