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Warp 11: Borgasm
Reviewed by Joe Crowe, © 2011

Format: Humor
By:   Warp 11
Genre:   Star Trek rock
Review Date:   October 21, 2011
RevSF Rating:   8/10 (What Is This?)

If you buy only one Borg concept album this week, make it Warp 11's Borgasm.

Warp 11 is a Star Trek themed rock band. They're loud and crude about Star Trek, instead of loud and crude about sex and partying, unless that sex and partying is also from Star Trek.

Until, that is, their newest CD. Borgasm is a departure from most of their other stuff. The songs on the CD smoosh together into a story about a Starfleet captain who becomes one with the Borg. He's kind of a goob on the early tracks, but the Borg take care of that.

The metal is still totally loud and heavy. But this time, the band dips a toe in electronica. Some of the songs sound more plugged in and less live. That is appropriate since, you know, the Borg are part machine.

I give the band credit for going out of their comfort zone. Their comfort zone ranges from funny raunchy songs, to raunchy funny songs, to fun arena rock. Download "Suds Me Up Sulu," "Everything I Do (I Do With William Shatner," and "Kill Kill Kill Klingons." Check out their video promo for their previous album. Funny stuff. Download the songs on iTunes. You'll see what I mean. Do it now.

But on Borgasm, they dial down the funny and fire up the angst.

Lead guy Captain Karl hands off to female vocalist Kiki Stockhammer this time. She has a lot more to do. On most of Warp 11's albums, she does lead vocals on a song or two. But this CD puts her in the spotlight, as she portrays a Borg Queen on a bunch of tracks. She sounds fantastic, like Nancy Wilson from Heart and Pat Benatar.

Unlike most concept albums, I understood the story. This album is one of my favorite Borg stories. It gets into the inner workings of the Hive better than most of the Borg TV episodes did.

I totally see the Borg's point now. They're just trying to help. Thanks, Warp 11.

Check out my interview with the band. It's right here.

Check out Warp 11's site at Warp11.com.

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