PREMIERE | Bovine Nightmares Unleash ‘Giving Little Robots to Children’
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 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.
“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.
The video is a phantasmagoric trip, flitting from reality, where a homeless guy sits against a wall, holding up pieces of cardboard with lyrics on them to a hallucinatory setting occupied by a stand-up bass playing gorilla, a wraith-like singer, and a horned demon on the drums. Then the visuals shift to an elementary school classroom, wherein the students, as well as the teacher, wear cardboard boxes decorated like robots over their heads.
On “Giving Little Robots to Children,” Bovine Nightmares offer up reckless dynamism and delicious cultural sonic/visual dislocations, as well as singularly imaginative music.