TORTURE CHAMBER‎ > ‎

DRUG HONKEY-3


DRUG HONKEY 

“Cloak Of Skies”

By Dr. Abner Mality

Today I had my first ever colonoscopy procedure done. It can’t be any coincidence that I’m reviewing the new Drug Honkey the same day. I spent a day and a half without solid food, chugging foul fluids that completely cleansed my insides so machines can probe me and show images of my moist intestines. Certainly there can be no better musical accompaniment than “Cloak of Skies”.

These guys are masters of musical misery and have never failed to put out sounds that are oppressive and suicidally inclined. This appeals to a very select group of aficianados, of which I count myself one, but as always, it’s a mighty tough slog. The tunes here drearily trudge along in slow and oozing fashion, with plenty of electronics and sampling to add to the horror. This music sounds like the cover art looks…apocalyptic, grinding, hopeless. The low tuned synth undercurrent makes this extra heavy and the vocals are the howls of a guy getting a lobotomy with no anesthesia.  Yet there is a perverse hookiness to sloggers like “Sickening Wastoid”  and “Outlet of Hatred”. Simple riffs and rhythms keep you hooked for as long as you can take it, which will vary according to your willpower. I know by the time the title track wound up (featuring morose saxophone tones from Bruce Lamont of Yakuza/Bloodiest/Brain Tentacles) I was almost looking forward to another round of colonoscopy.

Miserable doom, monolithic noise and general malaise…if you crave it in musical form, don’t pass up Drug Honkey.