As metal continues to get smarter and smarter, it seems that Sleepytime Gorilla Museum just keeps getting dumber and dumber. Perhaps encouraged by the affirmation that metalheads have given their more blatant heaviosity, the Gorillas are more than willing to indulge those impulses on their third album. Thudding detonations of power chords and cookie-monster vocals explode all over the disc as if the group were engaged in a Norwegian battle of the bands that decided whether they lived or were burned at the stake. While cuts like "Formicary" and the deceptively lovely "Angle of Repose" engage in some beautifully challenging melody-harmony combinations (thanks to the avant-garde proclivities of violinist Carla Kihlstedt), and the entire disc is seasoned with blasts of noise, complexity and sheer madness, the presiding vibe is one of dark heaviness that finds the group being less challenging and less abrasive in favor of broad and simple metallurgy. Jason Ferguson
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.