The First Taste is Free: Cokegoat premiere “Winter Of Fear”

Just because you’ve been binging on Narcos, and/or on a bestial blackened death metal kick lately doesn’t mean you know what Chicago’s Cokegoat sounds like. Out of their six members, three of them play guitar; there’s a keyboardist, a drummer, a bassist, and three of them perform vocals as well. And together, Cokegoat cook up and ship out an uncanny blend of sludge, doom, and death.  

In 2013, Cokegoat independently released their critically-acclaimed debut, Vessels. Now they’re poised to roll out their sophomore effort, the astutely titled Drugs and Animals. Produced by Andy Nelson (see also: Weekend Nachos, Like Rats) at Bricktop Recording, and mastered by Carl Saff (see also: Magic Circle, Red Fang, Big Business), Drugs and Animals promises to be everything its predecessor was,—e.g. powerful, sullen, nihilistic, inspiring, life-affirming, disorienting, etc.—except way more so. Those who are still undecided, as well as those who are psyched and champing at the bit, should stream “Winter of Fear” below.

But first, here’s what Cokegoat themselves say about the new album:

Drugs And Animals is a tall refreshing Long Island Ice Tea in a craft cocktail world. It’s trashy, it will get you fucked up, and you’ll probably wake up in a strange place needing a double dose of antibiotics. To quote producer/engineer Andy Nelson during the recording sessions, ‘This album is dense.’ Since our 2013 debut LP Vessel, countless group texts have helped Cokegoat achieve growing friendships, razor sharp focus, mental stability, financial instability and a more advanced writing process. In other words, we are beyond stoked to get this record to your earholes.

Get Drugs and Animals in digitial format or on 180-gram LP next month from Cokegoat’s Bandcamp