Bovine Nightmares

PREMIERE | Bovine Nightmares Unleash ‘Giving Little Robots to Children’

Randall Radic
Old Pink
Published in
3 min readMay 13, 2020

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Based in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, avant-garde metal outfit Bovine Nightmares introduces the music video for “Giving Little Robots to Children,” a track from their Hell Comes to Hecktown EP, aka Volume 1 of Nightmares in the Valley.

Made up of Erikk the Broken (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steampunk Munky (bass), and The Mighty Tavros (drums), the Bovine Nightmares blend experimental metal with stylistic elements of death metal and progressive metal, including operatic vocalizations rife with baroque flavors.

Bovine Nightmares — ‘Giving Little Robots to Children’

Bovine Nightmares describe themselves as, “Avant-Metal three-piece with a warped vision of dark riffs, maniacal crooning and growling, and time signature mayhem. Bovine Nightmares have carved out a unique little spot for themselves with a sound that’s akin to the Melvins, Faith No More, and Tom Waits, all handcuffed to the same radiator. They blend experimental and familiar soundscapes, rejecting formulaic compromise since 2019.”

“Giving Little Robots to Children” opens on eerie, spectral tones, akin to a Tim Burton movie, followed by deep droning guitars surging with dark energy, as tight rasping vocals ride overhead. Masque-like tones inject the lyrics with spooky melodicism, while nursery rhyme-esque harmonies add unnerving maniacal textures.

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“Crushing all their hopes and dreams / It’s far worse than it seems / You’re giving little robots to children / Onset of the static eye / Bones begin to putrefy / You’re giving little robots to children.”

When the harmonics ramp up to blistering metal levels, the tune takes on baroque suffusions, and then descends to grinding, pulverizing coloration punctuated by a fulminating guitar.

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Randall Radic
Old Pink

Randy Radic is a former super model who succumbed to the ravages of time and age. Totally bereft of talent, he took up writing “because anyone can do it.”