A number of years later, I saw that the The Boy Will Drown had been favourably compared to PsyOpus in a Sputnikmusic review of their debut album. Ever since hearing OPEC, I had been chasing the dragon, so to speak, trying to find new and even more extreme music. Sputnikmusic's “Similar bands” section was instrumental in enabling me to find my next fix.
Anyway, I ended up buying “Fetish” (again, on a whim) having only heard the opening track, “Deepthroat". Aside from the aforementioned song, I found the album seriously underwhelming. The guitar-work was phenomenal, but the music as a whole was not instantly gratifying as OPEC had been. Perhaps I had heard the bands in the wrong order? Had hearing PsyOpus’ sophomore album left me musically jaded? Whatever it was, “Fetish” was soon collecting digital dust.
“Fetish” was definitely an acquired taste for me (lol), but I’m so glad I gave it another chance. The riff in this song alone is a contender for my favourite ever. It gives me goosebumps every time.