An American death metal band noted for its comedic lyrics and shifts in style, encompassing multiple genres of music.
Big Dumb Face was formed by brothers Wes and Scott Borland in 1998, serving for the former as a sideproject of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit. Big Dumb Face released its debut album, Duke Lion Fights the Terror!! in 2001, followed by a second album, Where is Duke Lion? He’s Dead… in 2017.
Formation and Duke Lion Fights the Terror!! (1998-2004)
In 1998, Wes and Scott Borland formed Big Dumb Face, serving for Wes Borland as a side project of Limp Bizkit. In 2001, Big Dumb Face released its debut album, Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!, through Flip/Interscope and Flawless Records, a vanity label formed as a Geffen subsidiary by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, who is credited as an executive producer on the album.
Reviews were mixed. Allmusic writer Kieran McCarthy dismissed Duke Lion Fights the Terror as “a mediocre Ween rip-off” while Entertainment Weekly writer Robert Cherry wrote, “Dumb? Check. Big? Not likely.” However, a positive review appeared in the Deseret News in which writer Scott Iwasaki, giving the album three stars, stated, “Duke Lion Fights the Terror!! captures Borland, as Big Dumb Face, at his most spontaneous”. Bloody Good Horror writer D.M, in a mixed to favorable review, wrote, “The album’s concept is so scattershot that it’s unfathomable to call the album a cohesive whole.”
After the release of the band’s debut album, Wes Borland began developing a video game sequel to the album, which fell through. Big Dumb Face was sporadically active until 2004.
Where Is Duke Lion? He’s Dead… (2017-present)
Big Dumb Face was inactive for 13 years while Wes Borland was active with other projects, most notably Black Light Burns, rejoining Limp Bizkit, and becoming the touring guitarist for Queen Kwong.
In June 2017, Borland hinted on Instagram that he would revive Big Dumb Face. On October 13, a new Big Dumb Face song, “He Rides The Sky”, was released.
The band’s second album, Where Is Duke Lion? He’s Dead… was released on October 31 through Borland’s own label Edison Sound. The album consists of newly written songs alongside one song written in 2001 and another written in 2003. Borland described it as “the most metal record I’ve ever made”.