Black Fucking Cancer - Black Fucking CancerNow that I have my fill of Waxen‘s bizarre Weihung Auf Satan, it seems only right for some everyday black metal. That’s if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, today’s review will only upset you, but the name of today’s band alone ought to catch your attention. Black Fucking Cancer may or may not be amusing considering the bullshit that has recently hit Earth’s ceiling fan. What’s not amusing is releasing this black metal outbreak from behind the walls of San Jose. BFC calls one of the richest and most excessive cities its home, but, based solely on the debut’s nasty production, I’d argue for the band’s inclusion into the city’s tech-savvy network. Neither a member of California’s Black Twilight Circle or a band out to change genre standards, BFC is nothing more than your typical black metal connoisseur. Minus the whole Silicon Valley thing, of course.

With rarely mentioned influences like Katharsis and Antaeus, BFC delivers a lo-fi sound seething with anti-life and anti-conformity. Borrowing from the aggressive and melodic expansiveness of 1349Black Fucking Cancer is exactly that. Black. Fucking. Cancer. The production is raw and unforgiving, and its sound is as uncompromising as a fifty-year-old dad in studs and corpse paint. The album’s aggressive side dominates the album, but many times a dooming, droning character rears its ugly head. Taking all this into consideration, the release is nothing new.

This isn’t to say this is a dud. The music is rather entertaining and most of the longer tracks avoid laboriousness. Opener “A Sigil of Burning Flesh” and “SinnRitualVoid,” for instance, reek of desecrated-soil perfume. The riffs encourage neck-breaking head movements and the attitude promotes genocide. The opener sports some kickass riffage and vocal arrangements as punchy as the chorus to Sargeist‘s “Let the Devil In,” while “SinnRitualVoid” uses a bassy mid-pace reminiscent of those on 1349‘s Beyond the Apocalypse. But here come some of the issues. As you will discover, patience is a must for “SinnRitualVoid.” “Blood Stained Whore” gives way to the moody feedback that not only closes the song but bleeds into the opening of “SinnRitualVoid.” This bleeding continues for five minutes. In general, though, the album focuses on neck-breaking speed throughout. The exception being the closing minutes of the melodic and depressive “Exit Wounds.” The constant tremolos and bass-kicks leave Gorgorothian bruises and the closing riffage crushes hearts.

Black Fucking Cancer 2016Other than “SinnRitualVoid,” most of the numbers mentioned average six minutes in length. “Acid Ocean,” much like “SinnRitualVoid,” is one that exceeds the ten-minute mark. The aggressive first half is more than enough for a decent track. Unfortunately, it falls away, revealing a doomy transition that goes nowhere. The song, for some reason, borrows the moodiness from 1349 albums Revelation of the Black Flame and Demonoir, causing things to lose steam and wander for much too long. Closer “Communion of the Blood Unholy,” uses similar noises and effects, but they set a perfect path for this black ‘n’ steamroller.

As you may have guessed, Black Fucking Cancer is all about genre preservation. All the way down to their nasty production. Borrowing from genre founders and present purveyors like Antaeus, the band’s sound is as raw as my winter knuckles. But this in no way overshadows the individual performances. The bass provides significant contributions throughout (especially during those doom ‘n’ gloom moments). The drums are monstrous rainmakers; rapping snares senseless as the feet test pedal longevity. And the guitars and vocals are typical but beefy.

Black Fucking Cancer is by no means unique, and my enjoyment of it is surprising. For those of you that may be interested, be sure to give it a couple spins to ensure absorption. For those of you expecting BFC to be the same ole black metal, well… it is. Black Fucking Cancer doesn’t seem to give two shits about changing your opinion, so haters of the style might as well stay away.


Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 128 kbps mp3
Label: Osmose Productions

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  • IBlackened

    Black Fucking Cancer? That’s really imaginative.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Really fucking imaginative, you mean.

      • IBlackened

        That’s fucking hilarious!

  • sir_c

    Quite Fucking Boring I’d say from the first listen. Not sure if I’m gonna invest more time here

  • bolok

    i think the embedded track may have been more effective at around 2, 2 and a half minutes…not 7 minutes!!! was quite enjoying it to begin with, but sounds like the record is just skipping towards the end lol

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Chopping up some of these tracks would have made for a better album.

    • Are you saying less is more?

      • bolok

        i believe i am, well in this case at least. i think the intensity they seem to be going for is lost after the track reaches the half way point, i just started zoning out and thinking about listening to something else.

  • Diego Molero

    Black Cancer would have been a good band name, but they had to fucking ruin even that.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Pretty uninspired bandname…

  • We probably should have unicorned these guys.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      They sorta did it for us.

  • I think Doc here clearly took one for the team reviewing a band called, “Black Fucking Cancer.” Just saying.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      I deserve a raise!!! Also, I got chained done in HR for this… Mistakes were made.

      • I happen to know that Steel runs HR with an iron fist (frankly, I have thought about calling social services on the staff’s behalf).

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Shhhhh!!!! He will hear you!!!!

          • No AMG t-shirt for you!

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            It’s not my fault!

      • I have a delightful metalcore album for you. Consider it a performance bonus.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Oh goddammit…

  • “oh black metal word” ::presses play:: “yup.” ::five minutes pass:: “huh, is this still going? wasn’t that soundcloud? Soundcloud doesn’t play more than one track–mother of god, it’s just one song. FOREVER.”

  • Lasse Momme

    I can’t stop loving that name for some reason. It’s just so over the top.

    • Oscar Albretsen

      Kinda reminds me of a name a band of Jr. Highschool kids would give themselves.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        That fifty-year-old dad in studs and corpse paint probably asked his kids in Junior High to name his band for him.

        • PanzerFistDominatrix

          If so, then he’s a pretty cool dad, no?

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Well, just take a look at this

  • Westpaceagle

    Off Topic- but since this has been a rather tepid month for new releases I have been searching around back catalogs and found Aeternus’ …And so the night became. Holy crap. As good as atmospheric black/doom gets to these ears. Anyway I am happy to have found this and wanted to share because I love me some AMG. That is all.

    • Great album. Warrior of the Crescent Moon is one of those songs I keep going back to.
      Back on topic… I see the doctor’s “be sure to give it a couple spins to ensure absorption” and I raise is to a dozen. Black Fucking Cancer doesn’t have a lot of hooky handles to grab on to, and it really needs time to soak up and digest.
      Unlike Dr. I actually love the last half of “Acid Ocean”. It’s not a sea made up by the caustic type of acid. This one’s rather giving you one hell of a hallucinogenic bad trip.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Some awesome stuff for sure. Very underrated band.

  • Blueberry Balls

    Poop.

  • zerospacer

    When I first saw the band name of this review, I thought it must be a joke. But this gave me an idea: Every month, an AMG reviewer could write a fake review of a nonexistent album by a nonexistent band–an album they might like to hear or just an exercise in fictional silliness about albums we may or may not ever want to hear.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Fake fucking reviews?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    A fifty-year-old dad in studs and corpse paint? Is that you, Abbath?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Black Fucking Cancer it’s the kingd of band name that makes you really surprised the name wasn’t already taken. It crosses the line from really fucking genius into really fucking dumb back and forth so many times it is up to you to decide where it ends up.

  • Vassago Gamori

    Exorcizo te, omnis spiritus immunde, in nomine Dei Patris omnipotentis, et in noimine Jesu Christi Filii ejus, Domini et Judicis nostri, et in virtute Spiritus Sancti, ut descedas ab hoc plasmate Dei, quod Dominus noster ad templum sanctum suum vocare dignatus est, ut fiat templum Dei vivi, et Spiritus Sanctus habitet in eo…