Battle Pope - The Holy Trinity: Bitches, Dicks and Gonorrhea (Art As Catharsis Records)

Come kiss The Pope's ring...
Release Date: 
10 Mar 2012 - 12:30am

As well as having a totally awesome name, Battle Pope also have a totally awesome album. The Holy Trinity: Bitches, Dicks and Gonorrhea consists of 14 songs (with only two of them over three minutes long) with something for everyone – that’s providing everyone loves grind, noise, prog, stoner, sludge or punk. This album is like GG Allin with a sense of humour and it’s not for the politically correct among us, as you can probably tell from the title. From the opening track Prayer of the Battle Pope that announces that they’re here “...to give the Devil two black eyes” which leads into Cocaine Yeehah Muthafucka Yeah! it’s obvious these fellows don’t take themselves too seriously. And neither should you.

The Holy Trinity is punky and sludgy and grindy and a host of other things but it certainly isn’t boring. From the possibly Cthulu inspired 800lbs of Squid with bags of distortion and fuzz through to the slow and doomy Hump Song, it’s an album of musical delights. Put simply; I love it. Want some funk? Then check out the glorious Funky Kong. Want a spastic interpretation of classic rock ‘n’ roll? Then embrace Battle Pope’s version of Long Tall Sally. There are a whole heap of other songs on here that are peppered with 'dicks' and 'bitches' and a host of other possibly offensive lyrics but it's also an album of discordant, chaotic, and hypnotic wonder; an antidote to the terrible sickness of taking yourself too seriously.

To quote the band themselves: “Battle Pope aggressively wield their pious brand of hyper-sexualised all swinging, all blasting mix of sludge/grind like a Paladin would wield his blessed sword.”

Amen to that.

 

A free download of the album can be found here! http://artascatharsis.bandcamp.com/album/the-holy-trinity-bitches-dicks-and-gonorrhea

Cheers