Brown Jenkins
“Angel Eyes”
Moribund Records

Tearing off the veils of predictability, Brown Jenkins unleashes a colossal storm of an album with “Angel Eyes.” This is a band that doesn’t know the meaning of the term “herd mentality” and completely walks off the beaten path, down a road of craggy rocks and crystal clear streams flowing over black sand. With so guileless a name as “Angel Eyes,” the onslaught of blackish, doom-riddled metal contained within is surprisingly potent.
Pulsating like a slowing heart beat, “Angel Eyes” has all of the elements of black metal with loads of added doom riffing and heaviness. Sucking out all of the air in the room, Brown Jenkins’ claustrophobic blackdoom metal seeps through every track. From “Black Procession” to “Seven- Joy in Darkness” it’s all darkly crafted with the finest in one-man executions.

Title track “Angel Eyes” begins with a depressing guitar beat, ebbing out into a massive whale of utter confusion caused solely by the numerous tempo changes. The fuzzy guitars, booming bass and buried drumming evolve into a creature made of white noise. Listening to Brown Jenkins is like riding the Gravitron with your eyes closed. In fact, if they played this at your local fair while people rode the Gravitron, everyone would leave puking their souls out, gagging, whimpering and crawling up into the fetal position.
Absolute pain is carried throughout the album, with many contrasting emotions of fear, delight, sadness, whimsy, loneliness and abundant deluge through the very low, down-tuned instrumentation and the winding tunnels of sound created by the guitars.

I’d describe “Angel Eyes” as the soundtrack playing as you cope with the death of a loved one.
You can’t approach Brown Jenkins like any typical funeral doom/black metal band. The band falls somewhere in between, existing in a plane of its own. At times, you may think it’s obvious what category this American solo act falls into, but then UA causes a torrential rainfall of buzzing notes and fuzzy choruses to wash away whatever you were thinking about. “Angel Eyes” is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. It’s crazier than Xasthur and Leviathan put together. Brown Jenkins is one of the few bands that aren’t trying to either resurrect the past or fling themselves right into some distant future, but are content with building a wall of sound right around themselves in the here and now, albeit, a strange and otherworldly one at that. This is the type of music that is either heard as genius, or a pile of noise that leaves the listener wondering what the hell is wrong with those sick people who like it.