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ht02artspartcd.jpgGoblin Cock
Come With Me If You Want To Live
Robcore Records
8 out of 10

Moving past the double entendre of this band’s name—fine, one more little chuckle and then move on—Goblin Cock is a smarter group than one would think. When was the last time you heard a song about the Indian revenge movie hero Billy Jack? Or read a title as brilliant as “Beneath the Valley of the Island of Misfit Toys”?

Even if you only saw the album title and didn’t check the track listing, you’d have Goblin Cock’s sci-fi nerd bent figured out. Terminator 2, anyone? As it is, Come With Me If You Want to Live is the perfect album to put on after a long game of Dungeons & Dragons. Spark up a bowl, turn down the lights, stare at your Darth Vader black light poster, and get reeeeeaaaaaalllll mellow. The long instrumental passages and smooth vocals from Pinback’s Rob Crow seem designed for just such an afternoon. The beauty of this style of drone metal is that it feels longer than it is. The album tops out at 34 minutes, giving you just enough time to chill out before your parents get home whatever the hell it is they do on Saturdays.

Crow—or Lord Phallus as he is called in the world of Goblin Cock—has produced a seminal specimen of angst-riddled but lazy youth, angry at the world but content to let it be as long as the pizza gets delivered on time and the cable bill gets paid.

If those things ever disappear, watch out. I don’t think your parents would like Goblin Cock when they are angry.

–T.J. Tranchell