Title: Transcanadian Anger
Label: Independent/Totem Cat Records
Release Date: 25 May 2018
Format reviewed: FLAC
I’ve always thought that the Canadians were usually calm and nice people. However the title of the new track made me think this might not be the case. "Transcanadian Anger" is the name of the new full length album by Dopethrone, fifth since 2009 in their discography so far. Apparently all band's releases are everything else but neither calm nor nice. That said I'm definitely reconsidering my impression about Canada. (sorry, guys!)
Named after Electric Wizrad's 2000 album, and containing certain words-references in the band's name and song titles, one knows what to expect there. Actually yes and no. I really liked the definition on their FB page: “Dopethrone plays Slutch Metal. It's a foul Canadian mix of yellow snow, crackhead diarrhea, blood, tears and broken dreams”. Dopethrone are the hooligans in the party - cocky, bold, spitting curses, drinking beer, making fights and...offering a dose. Hated by the half on that party, but adored by the other half.
“Transcandian Anger” is sludgy, muddy and dark record and at the same time very lively and groovy. Crushing very low riffs, heavy bass line and grim vocals, whispering evil spells. Vik, Vincent and Shawn delivered very sticky 36 minutes record, with 8 tracks which you just play and leave going. “Planet Meth” is heavy as fk opener with catchy riff. In “Wrong Sabbath” things can’t go wrong, riffs are recognisable and heavy. “Killdozer” is catchy, groovy and enjoyable with its lively rhythm, and “Scuzzgasm” is slower and includes another solid riffs, reminding for Black Sabbath. “Tweak Jabber” is faster crusher again - “fail/repeat/you’re fucked/tough luck”. “Snort Dagger” is really dark and dragging-into-the-dope-swamp track. “Kingbilly Cush” is a grinning doom rhythm and blues track, really enjoyable. The album ends with “Miserablist” - another desperate track to worship the narcotic possession - “dragging you down, cannot crawl out, gonna die quick”.
On and on Dopethorne are in their best form, comfort zones and territories with Transcanadian Anger. You know what is going on there - cannabis, murder, death. Sleazy and smashing riffs, nightmarish vocals. In my opinion it is among the best albums in the genre so far this year (and not only). It is a very addictive album actually. Like a fix, need it again and again. No way out! 7.5/10 Count Vlad