In keeping with the concept of the sixties to seventies era, The Humans Soundtrack Volume II presents a raw sounding biker gang Hard Rock. Distant guitars and a simpler drum performance sound as dirty as they do rich with attitude. The vocals, however, are fairly flat in an echoed first wave of Black Metal style harsher approach. Picture Chrome Division laced with the atmospheres of early Ghost, but a lot more restricted with vocals that sound flat, but oddly animalistic.
“Ride to Die” just sounds like a rough open road anthem full of aggressive lyrics that build up the ape-man concept of the comic this vinyl EP is inspired by. Lyrics about the basic fundamentals of many biker and biker gang beliefs are present, not to mention ape-on-human violence. If you didn’t know what this was based on, you might actually think it racism as we may see it, but the monkeyman in question are actual an ape/monkey hybrid, allowing more leeway to just sit back and enjoy the song as a whole. “Viet Kong”, however, plays up the haunting atmospheric traits early on, as well as in some bridges, though the overall performance is a lot thinner thanks to the additional hazy effect on the guitars. The big difference is the war-theme that runs throughout, as if Planet of the Apes had crossed with Rambo, which is just a blast despite the overly analog production that holds the music back.
But, if you’re into gimmicky bands like Metalocalypse or even dating back to the days of The Monkees but with a biker theme, Boss Kong is something you might take interest in. There’s no denying some of the members have a Black Metal background, as the early NWOBHM laced with Hard Rock roots of that genre are clearly on display. The Humans Soundtrack Volume II is a nice compliment to the The Human comic series, and just an absolute blast when you throw any pre-conceived notions of Boss King being a serious project out the windpw. If you’re looking for some hatred for humanity through a chimp’s view point, or just want something incredibly obscure to show off to your friends, The Humans Soundtrack Volume II is something worth checking out.