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Drug Honkey continue to develop their progressive side on the recent Cloak of Skies 

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Drug Honkey

John Mourlas

This local “psychedoomic” outfit share spiritual space with some fellow travelers, but really they’re in a league of their own. Heavy as fuck and blending their plunging, slow doom riffs with an industrial flavor a la Godflesh, Drug Honkey live in a much more serious zone of multifaceted darkness than the silly name would have you believe. Their latest album, Cloak of Skies (Transcending Obscurity)—with its trippy Bosch-like cover art and long, cinematic tracks—further develops their progressive side via a rich variety of tonal flavors created by synthesizers, eerie vocals, and, on the title track, the wailing, damned-soul saxophone of Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest). It’s a risky style, but Drug Honkey are so completely confident and anchored that it doesn’t sound like they’re going out on any limbs at all—it’s rather that their world really is that weird.   v

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