Stinking Lizaveta’s instrumental post-rock draws as much on Sabbathas it does on Sonic Youth or Slint. By combining a stoner/doom metal edge with jazz, the precision and repetition of math rock, and the blasting assault of early Black Flag, Stinking Lizaveta — their name is derived from a Dostoevsky character in The Brothers Karamazov — come on with a sound all their own.
The Philadelphia trio formed in 1994 when guitar player Yanni Papadopoulos and drummer Cheshire Agusta recruited Yanni’s brother, Alexi Papadopoulos, as their upright electric bass player. In 1995, the band released three 7″ records, including a split with Greg Ginn’s band Gone. Their insane guitar debut, …Hopelessness and Shame, was recorded by studio guru Steve Albini in 1996, and was followed by Slaughterhouse just one year later. Their third album, III, which includes Gloria Justin on violin and John Schenk on analog keyboards, was released on Fugazi member Joe Lally’s Tolotta Recordsin 2001. 2004 saw the release of Caught Between Worlds via At a Loss Recordings in the U.S. and Monotreme Records in U.K. and Europe, and in 2007 they issued their fifth studio long-player the hard-hitting Scream of the Iron Iconoclast, which saw the trio reuniting with Steve Albini. The adventurous Sacrifice and Bliss arrived in 2009, followed by the Translation Loss-issued 7th Direction in 2012, and Journey to the Underworld in 2017. ~ Charles Spano, Rovi