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Rock - Released February 1, 2019 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Rock - Released April 12, 2019 | Joyful Noise Recordings

What would you get if Jon Lord had replaced Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin? It wouldn't be Big Business, that's for sure. But the splashy thunder of Coady Willis' drumming bears some resemblance to John Bonham's epic stomp, Jared Warren's bass is as solid and dependable as John Paul Jones', and the keyboards that Willis and Warren spread over it all in the absence of guitars loosely follows the template Lord set down with his B-3 in Deep Purple, so it's not hard to imagine these guys at least pondered the notion. Neither Warren nor Willis have a bluesy tone to their vocals; instead, they're going for a grander and more epochal approach, and there's an operatic sense of compact majesty in The Beast You Are, like a local production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen that uses volume and brio to overcome inexpensive production design. That's not to say The Beast You Are sounds cheap or small -- this is an impressively grand production, full of echo and substantial bottom end, and if the spectrum of sounds used to create it is limited, they sure lay them on thick. Warren and Willis have both worked with the Melvins, and like that band, their commitment to heaviness is complete, but it's sometimes hard to tell how seriously listeners are expected to take The Beast You Are. While the Melvins' cynical wit isn't hard to suss out, there are times when Big Business sound like some sort of elaborate and over-the-top parody in their glorious overkill, but if these guys are kidding, they do so with an entirely straight face. Either way, this music is still monstrous in its unrelenting pound, and for stamina and impact, this is as satisfying as anything to come down the alternative metal highway in recent years. ~ Mark Deming
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Rock - Released July 8, 2016 | Joyful Noise Recordings

The fifth studio long-player from the Seattle-based duo, Command Your Weather emits a masterful blast of minimalist, mostly upbeat anthemic post-metal that lays to rest any notion that Big Business is in the sludge trade. Bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis, both of whom moonlight as the rhythm section for the Melvins, have concocted a truly majestic bit of sonic alchemy that pairs the aural density of early Black Sabbath with melody-rich, Misfits-inspired horror punk and fjord-melting Viking metal. Opening with what sounds like a motorboat steering through a maze of burning plane wreckage, Command Your Weather offers up some pretty impressive set pieces, including a pair of seven-minute epics, "Popular Demand" and "Horses," that sound like the work of a much larger operation, due in no small part to Warren's octave-pedal-generated Wall of Sound. Even the shorter numbers are towering, with the meaty "Father's Day" and "Blacker Holes" invoking Baroness, Torche, and Leviathan-era Mastodon. Throughout its just-under-40-minute runtime, Warren and Willis pepper the proceedings with ghostly harmonies, creepy metallic bells, and bits of amusement park weirdness, resulting in a richly detailed tapestry of sound that constantly transcends its Spartan foundation. It's heady stuff, but it's also festooned with hooks. Big Business may be broadcasting from metal's outer limits, but these knotty post-rock anthems dressed up in stoner metal might are as engaging as they are sonically demanding. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Rock - Released March 27, 2019 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Rock - Released May 18, 2016 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Rock - Released March 1, 2019 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Rock - Released May 31, 2016 | Joyful Noise Recordings