Bull Elephant – Created From Death
Eat Lead And Die Music
Release Date: 14/08/2020
Running Time: 40:24
Review by Dark Juan
“”Bull Elephant” is the story of a slain African elephant that occultist Ahnenerbe SS attempted to bring back from the dead as a new form of battle asset. However, before re-animation could be completed it was intercepted by a mysterious witch-shaman, pursuing her own agenda and redirecting the undead creature’s purpose.
Think of the background concept as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” set to a progressive doom soundtrack where Judeo-Christian mythology is replaced by the even more sinister universe hinted at in the writings of H. P. Lovecraft…. with Nazi assault wolves.”
The somewhat uncommon (and remarkably disturbing) words I have just quoted above come straight from the band’s own PR blurb and the first thing that strikes me is that this band are clearly dangerously deranged and are nearly as batshit insane as your good reviewing buddy and somewhat mental sex offender and Hellpriest, Dark Juan. Remember my review of Esoctrilihum, aeons ago, and how I told you I didn’t think his level of derangement could ever be reached again? How fucking wrong I was. How fucking wrong….
Nazi assault wolves…NAZI ASSAULT WOLVES! The only way that idea could be improved upon is if they were ZOMBIE NAZI ASSAULT WOLVES, but considering there is already a fucking ZOMBIE BULL ELEPHANT murdering Nazis under the command of some kind of really pissed off practitioner of magic in a parallel universe I think zombie Nazi assault wolves might be overegging the pudding… As if it couldn’t be any more fucking insane. Oh, wait. Reading further along, Bull Elephant are an anonymous musical collective based in London, in the UK. So we can’t even take steps to fucking well defend ourselves from these madmen as no one knows who they are or what they look like. Well, that’s just fucking peachy, isn’t it? Somewhere in the capital there are a number of clearly unhinged people with a distant and scant regard for anything even approaching reality and they have been left unsupervised. I am concerned for the safety of the larger public… Thank fuck they found guitars instead of chainsaws, is all I’m going to say…
Anyway, this record, entitled “Created From Death” is the second part of a trilogy concerning the story of said zombie bull elephant, the clearly deranged witch-shaman (I mean who just happens across a bunch of Deutsches Ahnenerbe Schutzstaffel troopers reanimating a dead fucking elephant that they just happened to find lying about?) and her subsequent Nazi -splattering adventures.
Can you tell that I am jealous that I didn’t come up with this story yet?
Let us consider the music on the record – we have some fucking big ass doomy riffing here. And vocalists who are all clearly intent on rendering themselves mute, such is their full throated and committed (in every sense of the word, they fucking should be committed!) delivery. Taking their launch point from a progressive doom baseline, they then cheerfully proceed to break every single rule they can think of by flinging in some classic death metal, old Van Halen riffs and busily attempting to tear new arseholes in every single piece of equipment they possess. The sound of the record is expansive and huge as befits the scale of the batshittery of their concept. I haven’t even started about the Lovecraftian aspect yet and neither am I going to because I get the horrible feeling bull elephant girl is going to slaughter her way through hordes of Hitler’s finest before finding her way to the Great Old Ones and doing unspeakable things with a youthful Nyarlathotep (now there’s a sentence I never ever thought I would have to write)and I don’t want to ruin the story because holy fucking Jesus I want to hear part three so bad it is hurting because I want to see whether this band of merry nutcases are going to bring space aliens and fucking ancient Greeks and chariots made from RSJs and yogurt and pulled by genetic copies of Sleipnir into it somehow… I mean, with a narrative like that opening couple of paragraphs you can’t really go any further over the top, can you?
So, yeah, big, fuck off, tasty slabs of doom riffage underpinned by a bass sound that I imagine will cause spontaneous bowel movement among the audience in a live setting. The drumming is tight and accurate but marred by a fucking awful snare drum sound that sounds like someone has miked up a large bean tin and told the drummer to hit it with an oscillating piece of metal. It is a distraction from the fine sludginess of the music and vocal styles that run the gamut from gravel piped rock superstar to man who is making noises with the very pit of his stomach and regurgitating last night’s egg and chips. It is a varied listen too – the doom majesty occasionally gives way to almost black metal speed, full on rock and roll, death metal and encompasses most genres along the way. Frequently in the same song. This entire record is so magnificently deranged I can’t help but love it, even though there’s rough edges that need smoothing off in the mix and the guitar sound, which can be a bit scratchy in parts. The bowel-tremblingly intense bass sound is right on point though.
Again, as with previous releases like the equally knee-trembingly fucked in the head Bofo Kwo, this is a concept record and each song tells a linear story so I can’t really pick out a song that stands out as they are all part of a (barely) coherent whole. All you need to know is that I fucking LOVE Bull Elephant and their batshit craziness, and so should you. Oh, hang on, that is a gig of DREAMS, baby! Esoctrilihum, Bofo Kwo, Bull Elephant and P.H.O.B.O.S on the same bill. That would be fucking spectacular…
Get this, and witness the birth of something glorious and magnificent. And I don’t mean my erection. I command thee. Quickly. There’s sex wee everywhere. Again. No one will insure the house or my car and the residents of Elland have fashioned a noose for me and put it in a tree across the road as Bull Elephant have caused me to flood the town again.
The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is in a priapic state of indiscretion right now. It awards Bull Elephant 9/10 for a crushingly entertaining record.
01. Created From Death
02. Onieromantic Rites
04. Cult Of The Black Sun Nemesis
05. Last Defilement
06. Perverted Science
07. Escape To The Arctic
They do not want you to know who they are. All that they want you to know is that they are clearly a danger to society.
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