With clenched fists I begin my adventure for world domination. I seek out the bastard that sold my valuables and stole my jewels. I will string him high from a tree and cut him deep with a rusty knife while his family begs me to have mercy on his soul. What would make that scenario ten times more interesting? A soundtrack that would set the mood of dusty streets with no sign of human existence at all. Welcome Major Kong, an instrumental three piece outfit from Poland that can string together riffs with the best of them. With the three guys also being in Fifty Foot Woman, Major Kong is what you get when your previous project gets put on hold and you wanna blow some speakers apart, reign hell upon the earth and just have some dirty, classic fun.
“Orogenesis”, the debut EP from Major Kong, provides you with four tracks that span over a twenty-three minute time period. Right out of the gate with this EP, you get the feeling that this record could of been recorded in a very dusty, muggy, humid, poverty stricken town that hasn’t seen much modern age in years. An overwhelming sense of struggle yet very hard work is what “Orogenesis” gives off. Maybe I’m saying this because it’s a hundred degrees outside, literally, but it could be because Major Kong really does set a pace in this record and they never stray from it. “Witches On My Land”, the first track on the EP, opens up with a sample that could be taken from a Salem film of some type. It’s a great piece to open a record with and I have to applaud Major Kong for using it. Any record that opens up with a sample, that record is going to be loved by me, no matter what.
As I listened to this record, the deeper I got and the more I heard some pretty kick ass solo’s, the more happy that I gave this record a chance. Then, on the final track “Orogenesis”, I heard something that opened up my chest, took my heart and placed it inside a very nice, clean glass box to be put on display, or as Sarah would say it “tugged on my heart strings”. Around the three minute an fifty second mark, you hear what seems to be a riff that is unforgettable in my mind, it sounds just like the Acid Bath riff off of “New Death Sensation”, only a bit more grimmer, dirty and at a faster pace. I’m not bashing these dudes for anything, if at all I’m flattered they would be influenced by Acid Bath, if that’s the case at all, which it probably isn’t but a man can dream, right? In a world that is dominated by vocalist and wanna be “rock stars”, Major Kong reminds us that it’s perfectly healthy to listen to and love instrumental records. Records that are filled with dirt, dark corners and sleazy, unrighteous, unholy riffs with so much bass that it might set you back in time.
Overall, “Orogenesis” is a solid debut record from some dudes that just give you groove and never-ending sledgehammer, bomb like tracks. As much as I dig what they were doing in Fifty Foot Woman, I wouldn’t be sad if they just kept doing Major Kong and left Fifty Foot Woman in the past.