Transcanadian Anger by Dopethrone

Release date: May 25, 2018
Label: Totem Cat Records

With a name as subtle as Dopethrone, it is reasonable to know what you’re in store for: Some excellent stoner metal with, in this case, excellent track titles. My favourites being the title of the album and the song ‘Kingbilly Kush’, which is a deranged cover of ZZ Top’s ‘Tush’, but with the word ‘tush’ replaced by ‘kush’: Genius!

Dopethrone have their tongue firmly in cheek with their song titles, but they deliver a punishing tour de force when it comes to their music. Dopethrone have the scuzziness of Electric Wizard and Weedeater, but the pace of 80’s hardcore bands like Discharge.

Opening track ‘Planet Meth’ starts with a squall of feedback before pummelling into a heavy, bass led, song. The guitars are dirty and fuzzed out, and the drums deliver the music’s ferocious pace. The vocals sound like “Dixie” Dave Collins’ long lost cousin.

The rest of the album continues in this fashion and it is hard to single out a favourite track as they are all great and stick themselves in the mind of the listener immediately. One thing that makes every track instantly accessible is the way that Dopethrone create a great balance between high energy riffs and infectious grooves. The way that Dopethrone give their reworking of ‘Tush’ an even lower slung groove than the original, is impressive and, whilst it is not a faithful homage, it is executed well.

Like the mid-noughties thrash revival before it, stoner metal is at a dangerous point of near over saturation. Dopethrone however, rise above the crowd, through their energy and by plumbing the depths of dirt and fuzz, to sound like the nastiest band around.

Dopethrone truly are, in their own words, ‘a foul Canadian mix of yellow snow, crackhead diarrhea, blood, tears and broken dreams’.

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