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Bokassa – Divide & Conquer (All Good Clean Records)

Bokassa on Selective Memory

Norway’s Bokassa releases their debut album March 24

Bokassa is one of those bands where you listen to one song and think just how fucking raw that song was. And then along comes the next song that wipes it’s ass all over the previous song.

That is how Divide & Conquer plays out. You have the power and guitar domination of “Last Night.” Then “Walker” comes in and drops a nuke right on this album and makes your mind explode. How did they do that?

The Norway band plays at 150% all the time. There is not one song where I believe sweat and blood was not sacrificed. This debut album is absolutely killer!

You have the Lemmy-esque hardcore metal of “Crocsodile Dundee” (not a misspelling) that barrels through some righteous sound levels while maintaining that groove Motorhead was fond of accomplishing. Then “Genocidal” turns into the greatest anthemic bludgeoning you may ever hear. It’s rhythms are steel and Jørn Kaarstad’s vocals shatter reality. What this proves is that the band can lyrically tackle issue-based reaction in all seriousness while exploiting light-weighted imagination (there is a song about immortal space pirates). The band takes both sides of the spectrum in extremes. How the hell can three people concoct a monster of an album like this is perplexing.

Bokassa ends this album with a homage to their stoner roots and the seven-plus minute “Stoner Anthem.” This song proves that they can be just as monolithic in the metal court as they can in the hardcore trenches. Count them. Seven goddamn minutes of pure mind-hazing rock that will stun you with just how good this album is.

How long does it take to move a mountain? According to Bokassa, it takes 32 minutes. Flawless if flawless meant a steam train barreling at high speed towards your face. Then, yeah. . . flawless!

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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