Drug Honkey, Pale Horseman, Blunt, Boatman’s Toll, Wil | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Drug Honkey, Pale Horseman, Blunt, Boatman’s Toll, Wil 

When: Fri., Feb. 13, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10, $8 in advance
Drug Honkey puts out metal that sounds like it’s been around since the stoned Cretaceous period—it’s a buffet of towering, slogging doom sludge, leavened with echoey psychedelic feedback and gargled death vocals. Old-school if not quite prehistoric, the band got started in 1999, but its brutally resolute lack of propulsion is unchanged as it heads toward a second decade (though there has been a name change or two). The most recent album, 2012’s self-released Ghost in the Fire, sounds like hammered demons blundering underwater in slow motion for eternity. And the vocals couldn’t be much more distorted. Encyclopaedia Metallum claims that Drug Honkey’s lyrics concern “despair, confusion, triumph, anti-religion,” but they eventually all turn into a garbled, inarticulate roar—there’s something about a sacrifice, something about reverb, something about the Grateful Dead being trampled to death by rabid bongs. There are parallels with other doom weirdos like Khanate and Lysol-era Melvins, but Drug Honkey’s experimental touches seem more feral than arty; this is a band that really would feast on your bones if it could just get up to speed. Providing a perfect soundtrack for the zombie apocalypse—or for staring blankly at your toes while great weights majestically descend—Drug Honkey is a very heavy subterranean Chicago treasure. —Noah Berlatsky

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