REVIEW: Foetus - "Flow"

By Dan Century

Chain Border

FlowVery few bands stand the test of time. Very few bands release quality, fan pleasing albums again and again. Foetus has always been a fan pleaser and once you acquire a taste for Foetus, you'll always be pleased. While other "genre mates" devolve into stale parodies of disco or metal, Foetus always remains fresh, and unique.

"the anarchists as they get old
start searching for that pot of gold"

The madman behind Foetus (a one man band) is Clint Ruin AKA Jim Thirlwell*, an Aussie born bloke who ended up somewhere in Brooklyn, New York after years of excavation in the musical underground of the 1980s. It's immediately obvious to any listener that Jim is a very sick man, not sick like mad cows, but sick like Dr. Frankenstein: a twisted genius using technology to bring life to an audio homunculus, composed from bits and pieces of every musical genre imaginable.

"be careful what you pray for…
you might just get it"

Foetus music may be as unique and challenging as music gets - it's not for the faint of heart, or the uniquely musically challenged. Foetus is not for your mom, your dad, your spouse, your kids, your boss, your mailman, your mayor or your president. Foetus is definitely not for that hot blonde in marketing who looks like Anna Kournikova.

"I gave you a mountain you gave me pain,
but, why are the pretty ones always insane?"

Foetus, my friends, is for you - because your are just as sick, weird, twisted, challenged and unique as Jim Thirlwell, if not more so.

"I recommend you seek professional help
can't help you when I cannot help myself"

Enough of the jibber-jabber. Flow picks up where Gash, the last Foetus album, left off. Equal doses of rock thunder and jazzy sleaze, spiked with orchestral grandeur and vocal dynamite set the stage for 1000 petty crimes, prostitution, gambling, divorce, dipsomania, assaults, bribery, craven depravity, driving while putting on your makeup and talking on the cell phone**, mayhem and murder.

"It's not a crime if you don't get caught"

Flow is more than an album - it's an extravaganza! It's better than Cats, it's better than E.T. It's better than all you can eat steak and shrimp at Beefsteak Charlie's with your choice of beer, wine or sangria! If you don't buy it, maybe you're an asshole.

Buy The Album
Buy Flow

* See Foetus interview in Legends #111, June 2001.

** Okay, I threw that one in for laughs.

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