COKEGOAT: Chicago Death Doom Sextet Unveils “The Burner” From Forthcoming Drugs And Animals Full-Length; Preorders Available


This Friday, Chicago death doom sextet COKEGOAT will unleash their anticipated Drugs And Animals full-length digitally and on 180-gram 12″ vinyl. Engineered, produced, and mixed by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Like Rats) at Bricktop Recording and mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang, Earthless et al) at Saff Mastering, the post/doom/death/heavy metal collective layers Jeff Wojtysiak, Ed Nudd, and Rebekah Brown on guitars, synths and vocals, while Chase Bentley, Tim Baldwin, and Jordan Schultz add mass with guitar, bass and drums respectively. Six members strong. Six years in the making.

In advance of its release, today COKEGOAT unveils “The Burner.” “Our drummer Jordan kept asking to write a burner, so we did,” relays the band. “It was written while Jordan wasn’t there. He got what he asked for. It seems like he likes the exercise.”

Sample “The Burner” at the COKEGOAT Bandcamp page where you’ll also find preorders as well as previous singles, “Winter Of Fear,” initially premiered by Decibel Magazine, and “Nurture.”

Hellbound hails “a gloomy, eerie, atmospheric slice of post-sludge that kinda reminds of ISIS,” while Echo Eyes relays, “Though there are moments of melodic somberness which could be considered a respite–most notably in the songs ‘Quiet Tyrant,’ and ‘Nurture’–there is enough transitioning from slower drone-sludge to up-tempo fury that fully explores the many nuances and shades found in the vast levels of human anger. Anguished screams that seamlessly cross over from a traditional black metal screech to the guttural release of a death metal tone only amplify the emotional sentiment that is so expertly crafted in the music behind them.”

Drugs And Animals is a tall refreshing Long Island Ice Tea in a craft cocktail world,” elaborates the band of their latest output. “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.”

Founded in Chicago during the summer of 2011, COKEGOAT embraces the inherent evil of the earth and the soul. Planets dying, earth eating man, ocean birthing fear, moon swallowing heavens… 2013 saw the release of the debut album Vessel. Sludgelord gushed, “Vessel is an album of distorted chaos… chaotic, angry, brilliant, and bewitching.” New Noise concurred, “Vessels is one hell of a debut. This bitch has balls. But quickly flashes some groove… Here we have ‘three guitarists, three voices, synths, bass and drums,’ kept on a production leash that adds an urgency to the manic time changes. Which crush. The atmospheric layers are just touches. They add mood but never take center stage. This is about riffs, but COKEGOAT know where to accent their talents as well.”