Just popping up on my radar is the new release from Chicago’s Cokegoat, Drugs and Animals. It’s their second release after a three-year wait since Vessels was released in 2013.

At times reminding me of bands like Mastodon, Black Tusk and Black Crown Initiate, there’s a seminal Chicago band that they seem to really be influenced by, and that’s Jesus Lizard. Metal and hard rock that comes out of Chi-town, to me, always has a very distinct, flinty and hard-edged sound to it. And Cokegoat‘s vocalist has that classic David Yow scream and bellow down to a “T.”

I really dig the first cut, “Quiet Tyrant,” which starts the album off at a full gallop that really never lets up. If you get the chance, check out “The Burner” to get a taste of what you can expect on Drugs and Animals.

Drugs and Animals is self-released and out now. Buy it here!

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