Drug Honkey Unleash Nightmarishly Superb Album Number Five 'Cloak Of Skies'
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jools green
Jools Green
15th May 2017

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Making nightmares become flesh since 1999, US atmospheric Death/Doom Metal quartet Drug Honkey have always been ahead of the game regarding their approach to Death/Doom and full length number five, 'Cloak Of Skies', is no exception, in fact it's the most innovative album of the genre I've crossed paths with of late.

It's good to know that this far into their career there is no let up in their drive to challenge boundaries and perceptions.

The winning factor with their sound always has been, and continues to be, the psychedelic nightmare edge they add, giving a dark, at times, spiritual edge and other times paranoia inducing, but always nightmarishly haunting and mesmerising. That and the incredible depth of sound which is like staring into the void and seeing no end.

However, as dark and eerie as it is, it also beckons you in and totally envelops you as it's a stunning and engulfing listen.

This time around there are two extra weapons in their sonic arsenal; if the one version of the opening track, 'Pool Of Failure', wasn't enough there is a second remix by the legendary Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) which stays true to the first vision, unlike many remixes, but adds a different dark and eerie slant to the sound.

And the second weapon of sonic destruction comes in the shape of some of the most hauntingly eerie sax work imaginable on album title track 'Cloak Of Skies', from Yakuza's Bruce Lamont who has leant his talents to a broad range of bands including Cephalic Carnage, Nachtmystium and Pelican to name a few, making this surreal, dream worldly and psychedelic track even more dark and haunting. It's so beautifully unnerving yet calm and hypnotic but the album as a whole is so good it feels wrong to choose a favourite track.

Pool Of Failure
Sickening Wasteoid
Outlet Of Hatred
(It's Not) The Way
The Oblivion Of An Opiate Nod
Cloak Of Skies
Pool Of Failure (JK Broadrick remix)

The complex and nightmarish hand-painted artwork for 'Cloak Of Skies' is by Paolo Girardi (Inquisition, Chthe'ilist) and is a superb and fitting piece for an equally superb album.

This ambitious and unconventional release is available from Transcending Obscurity Records (India). I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone who enjoys a challenging Death/Doom experience. It's one that that will take you to a darker more surreal, and yet strangely comforting place and it's a stunning listen.




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