Sunday 8 July 2018

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters - Come & Chutney (Album Review)

Release date: July 13th 2018. Label: Riff Rock Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Come & Chutney – Tracklisting

1.Doggy Bag Of Slurry
2.Krones Of The Kiln
3.Cojones Feos 05:31
4.Glue Ear
7.Döner Trump
8.Psychedelic Hallucinogenic Vagrancy


Mark Buckwell - Drums/Percussion
Will Hart - Bass
Owen Carty - Throat/Guitars


Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters (CTBKM) debut album - Come & Chutney - is a heavy offering of Doom, Sludge and Stoner riffs that sees the band create a highly volatile and downright violent sound of their own. Though the album has a loving and addictive quality to it as well.

This isn't your standard Doom/Stoner Metal album with CTBKM building a loud volume of sound from the opening song – Doggy Bag Of Slurry. As you can see from the album cover and some of the song titles CTBKM have a warped sense of humour and this allows the band to have fun with their music. The song has some Torche and Red Fang style Sludge riffs but with an angrier punk edge. The droned out guitars have quite a hollow feel to them which sounds and feel more natural.

The song is quite progress with CTBKM playing long drawn out distorted riffs. The vocals from Owen are much unexpected. As I was expecting a cleaner style of vocals. Not the grizzled growls that Owen sings with almost pitch-perfect aggression. The opening song gives you a good impression on what to expect for the rest of the album. Huge sounding guitars with a classic Stoner Rock/Metal sensibility. The album does take influence from The Melvins at times. Especially with the self-depreciating humour contained within their lyrics.

Second song - Krones Of The Klin - is a more Doom Metal orientated affair with CTBKM playing a faster style of music. The vocals from Owen impress yet again. Though it's the music and spiky lyrics that make this song one of the standout tracks on the album.

Third track - Cojones Foes - has a more warped psychedelic rock feel with the music building to a more progressive approach. The lyrics are quite aggressive in places but that proves CTBKM can be very intimidating if the mood calls for it. The "fun" factor of the opening two songs can still be heard here however CTBKM venture further into violent Sludge based sounds. CTBKM carry on this aggressive style of music for the remainder of the album and it's a decision that pays off huge dividends for the band. As Come & Chutney becomes a more exciting album as a result.

Huge riffs combine with the expert songwriting the band manage to show off with mighty conviction on songs such as: Glue Ear, Gawdless and Döner Trump. Though it's the final track Psychedelic Hallucinogenic Vagrancy where CTBKM score top marks for creating the weirdest and standout track on the album. As CTBKM have called upon the services of their famous friends for this song. Chantal from VODUM makes an appearance and lends her spellbinding vocals on this track. Thom from Riddles and Gary from Ten Foot Wizard make an appearance as well.

The production on Come & Chutney is first rate as well and that's down to one of the best producers currently within the UK Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal scene. Sam Thredder of Slabdragger fame makes sure that CTBKM sound incredible from the start. Plus I shouldn't forget Pedro Teixeira who mixed snd mastered the album as well. So brilliant joint effort from both Pedro and Sam.

Come & Chutney is a loud, vibrant and colourful album that allows CTBKM to impress on every level and perhaps even make a name for themselves with this huge sounding album.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Lisa at Hold Tight PR for the promo. Come & Chutney will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Riff Rock Records from July 13th 2018.