Where Is Duke Lion? He's Dead... is the long awaited new album from Limp Bizkit guitarist
Wes Borland's side project Big Dumb Face.
Rarely has a side project provided such a creative outlet for the madcap, surreal and bizarre.
WIDL?HD is an album which redefines musical eccentricity, genre-less and unbounded -
noise, death metal, electronic, steel pan samples, grindcore and more all collide in a
maelstrom of musical images. This is not to say though that the record is without direction;
indeed, the pacing and track order makes for a compelling listen - from the rip-snorting
Zargon Moth or the off-kilter melodicism of Jesus Retreats to the relatively more tranquil
The Blood Maiden or the whack-ballad of WDATGGG.
Unsurprisingly, for an artist overflowing with as many ideas as Wes Borland (with his brother
Scott), WIDL?HD is a multi-layered record which rewards on multiple listens. Listen once and
you're carried away on a tide of musical energy and riffs; twice, and you begin to appreciate
the unique production, mixing and sheer level of varied sounds and samples within.
Nowhere is this better summed up than in the behemoth of a closer: Whipping The Hodeus.
An eighteen-minute monster, the track combines a grotesque southern country ballad with
cinematic rural soundscape, disco funk, and finally, grind/deathcore. You really do have to
hear it to believe it.