Saturday 14 April 2018

Boss Keloid - Melted On The Inch (Album Review)

Release date: April 27th 2018. Label: Holy Roar Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Melted On The Inch – Tracklisting

1. Chronosiam
2. Tarku Shavel
3. Peykruve
4. Jromalih
5. Lokannok
6. Griffonbrass


Alex Hurst - vocals, guitar
Paul Swarbrick - guitars
Ste Arands - drums, perc
Matthew Milne - keyboards
Charlie Seisay - bass guitar


I don't know if things happen for a reason or if they simply happen. I can speculate and ponder over this for hours and days without getting anywhere near a reasonable conclusion. What I can say though is….Boss Keloid, what the fuck?!?!?!?! Where have you been all my life? ‘Melted On The Inch’ is their third full-length but somehow I’ve managed to miss these guys, however you won’t get a better introduction to this band by listening to this masterpiece. So who am I to complain?

Fell head over heels for this record immediately without being able to pin-point how or why. But that doesn’t matter because the sheer brilliance these 5 gents exudes is more than enough. After a while though, a pattern started to emerge, a strange pattern no less albeit of a fantastic kind. Boss Keloid brings in a lot of influences from all over the board and usually – 99.99 times out of 100 – this is a recipe for disaster where the music shoots off in all directions, lacking any kind of cohesion. However, these Wiganers tie all pieces together creating a previously unheard-of musical palette, which shatters my perception of music completely and I absolutely love it!

The greatness of Melted On The Inch’ appears immediately in opener ’Chronosiam’. In a way it is representative of the whole album. Shamanistic, punishing, transcending, hell life-altering as well. You name it and it’s there. Blending led-heavy passages with medieval touches whilst catapulted into a trippy, stoned-out other-world. As soon as the punishing starts choir-like singing emanates before Asiatic tones rings out. Confusing? Not the slightest! Everything is perfectly integrated, every little piece has its place and function giving a brilliant outcome. I feel as if I have flown into a supernova as it explodes. Completely disintegrated, I am now reborn and a much better person at that. And we’re only at the first song…

Contemplative, soul searching and beautiful, yet burrowing and pounding ‘Tarku Shavel’ is the perfect continuation in my rebirth. The song guides me as I find better options, better ways of being. It’s still a struggle but Boss Keloid are the Grand Masters in catharsis, as well as in enlightenment of a different, more open and wider perspective. Suggestive and mind-altering this song elevates me to a whole new level. ‘Peykruve’ starts off mellow with hints of reggae and those amazing Asian influences perhaps. Regardless, it’s kind of trippy and soothing for the most parts although heavier segments show the struggles accepting your new self. At the same time the new-found knowledge and state of being pushes to the front to allow the reborn me to break free fully.

Jromalih’ starts off with trance-inducing rhythms and sounds and a very trippy guitar which keep on throughout, only to elevate the transcendent lucidity the band oozes. Once heavier parts emerges it only enhances the contentment I feel of this new beginning Boss Keloid offers, despite the lure of old me constantly rearing its ugly head. However, the calmness on hand keeps me level-headed and assured. Coming to conclusions and making decisions, whether they are good or not, Lokannok’ is what tips the scale and you have to stick your guns, no matter what. Maybe the path to my personal enlightenment isn’t so clear after all. A gradual build up musically, this eventual battering ram unleashes power and fury I didn’t know existed.

Ending this magnum opus is ‘Griffonbrass’. Slower but lurking and pounding, it is one of those compositions which pulls you in like quicksand and before you know it, life as you know it is no more. In this soul-searching journey Boss Keloid takes us on ‘Griffonbrass’ offers resolve and contentment. Whatever choices you made you live with them. That’s how you grow! Take everything you’ve done, extract anything life-changing and adhere to that and you have changed for the better. It might be hard but you will change.

Boss Keloid are my new, missing muse! Sure, fan boy you say, but honestly. ‘Melted On The Inch’ is what has been absent from my life. For someone who has used music as a guiding light in life, a band these days has to have something extra because so much has been done musically. And these Wiganers step beyond all this and then some. Obviously they have no fear doing whatever they like and that alone is always a positive sign. Then, by adding excellent musicianship as well as songwriting skills of extra terrestrial proportions and voila, you have Boss Keloid. Yes I know I blabber like a fool but hell, this band is something else, something light years ahead of the rest!

Words by Håkan Nyman

Thanks to Lisa at Hold Tight PR for the promo. Melted On The Inch will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Holy Roar Records from April 27th 2018.