Made largely in lockdown – and with a title that may or may not echo the words of Professor Falken in ‘80s Cold War movie WarGames, that it’s “much more fortunate” to suffer “a millisecond of brilliant light” from a nuclear strike than “wander sightless through the smouldering aftermath”, hence living next to a nuclear target to be “spared the horror of survival” – there are many things here that could point to a feeling of doom. ‘God is a shithead and we’re his rejects’ yells Oli during Dear Diary, while on Teardrops he says that, ‘Everything is so fucked up but I can’t feel a thing’. Parasite Eve, released just as corona really took hold, frustratedly ponders, ‘When we forget the infection, will we remember the lesson?’. About all this or not, it adds to a feeling first of frustration and struggle, but for all such thing, the thrill here is of trying to dance in the rain. Are we fucked? Maybe, so let’s dance.
They’ve got some mates in to help them. You already know Obey, with its giant-robots video and guest spot from YUNGBLUD, but there’s also Kingslayer, in which BABYMETAL turn up for a futuristic metal assault, the nu-metally 1x1 with Nova Twins, and, perhaps most surprising, Evanescence’s Amy Lee on the snappily-named One Day The Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death. All are their own thing, all are perfectly in-tune with their guests, but mostly, all sound naturally BMTH 2020.