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Goblin Cock

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Goblin Cock, Bad Grades 

When: Sun., Oct. 2, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Rob Crow, the San Diego outre-pop mastermind behind 90s posthardcore weirdos Heavy Vegetable, aughties indie-pop deities Pinback, and roughly a half-dozen more projects, gets to have his cake and eat it too as leader of Goblin Cock. Crow boils down what can make metal goofy, which is clear not only from the name Goblin Cock but also from his moniker as front man: Lord Phallus. The members are active participants in the genre they love, and whatever giggle fits they inspire eventually give way to serious riffs. On their third album, the new Necronomidonkeykongimicon (Joyful Noise), Goblin Cock speed up their chugging doom to something that resembles thrash in spirit if not exactly in tempo. This is ultimately a Rob Crow project, and as aggressive as Goblin Cock get, their fierceness—and humor—never obstruct the front man’s affable pop quirks. The knotty, looping math melody of “Youth Pastoral” keeps overpowering instrumental breakdowns that sound much more sweet than most metal, and the vitreous interlocking guitars that guide “World Is Moving” are ripped straight from Crow’s tranquil, advanced indie rock. That might agitate more than a handful of orthodox metalheads, but it’s also partly Goblin Cock’s mission—metal can be lighthearted and fun, and if you can’t get behind that, you just might be the biggest dick in the room.
— Leor Galil
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