Board Up the House

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Board Up the House
Studio album by Genghis Tron
Released February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19) (CD)
March 25, 2008 (2008-03-25) (vinyl)
Recorded Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts
Genre Experimental metal, mathcore
Length 43:00
Label Relapse (CD)
Lovepump United (vinyl)
Producer Kurt Ballou, Genghis Tron
Genghis Tron chronology
Triple Black Diamond
Board Up the House
Board Up the House Remixes Volume 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blogcritics 3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound B[3]
IGN (3.3/10)[4]
Lambgoat (4/10)[5]
Metal Hammer (7/10)[citation needed]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[6]
Scene Point Blank (8.2/10)[7]
MetalSucks (4.5/5)[8]

Board Up the House is the second full-length album by the experimental metal band Genghis Tron. The album was recorded and mixed at Godcity Studio from August 29 to September 21, 2007, in Salem, Massachusetts, by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. It was mastered at New Alliance East by Nick Zampiello. The album was released on February 19, 2008, by Relapse Records on CD and on March 25 by Lovepump United on vinyl.

This album contains a few songs that are notably more mature than previous works. For instance, there is a larger emphasis on keyboards, rather than techno beats (which are almost completely gone), as well as an extremely large amount of clean singing used on the album. Most of the songs rely on atmosphere and technicality rather than speed (this idea has previously been explored by Discordance Axis) as well as progressive metal shown as an obvious influence. Other moments show a more generalized approach. For instance, "Recursion" is IDM in sound, whereas "The Whips Blow Back" has more of a power noise approach. The album's closing track, "Relief", is distinguishable from the rest of the album (and previous Genghis Tron material), as it almost drops electronic music entirely, in favor of a doom metal sound.

There are two different vinyl releases from Lovepump United: standard and limited. The standard one has two black vinyl discs with the second one being single sided. On the unused side is an etching similar to the album artwork. The limited edition is the same, except the first disc is colored with a transparent splatter design, and it is limited to 400 copies.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written By Genghis Tron
  1. "Board Up the House" – 5:54
  2. "Endless Teeth" – 1:47
  3. "Things Don't Look Good" – 3:35
  4. "Recursion" – 2:08
  5. "I Won't Come Back Alive" – 6:34
  6. "City on a Hill" – 3:26
  7. "The Whips Blow Back" – 2:07
  8. "Colony Collapse" – 4:01
  9. "The Feast (feat. Greg Puciato)" – 1:56
  10. "Ergot" – 1:14
  11. "Relief" – 10:47


Genghis Tron[edit]

  • Mookie Singerman – keyboard, vocals
  • Michael Sochynsky – drum programming, keyboard
  • Hamilton Jordan – drum programming, guitar

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Produced by Kurt Ballou and Genghis Tron
  • Engineered and mixed by Kurt Ballou
  • Mastered by Nick Zampiello


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