Skoal Kodiak - Kryptonym Bodliak (2011, Load Records)
Skoal Kodiak is a noise rock group from the Twin Cities, Minnesota. This album was recorded at the late, great Medusa venue and the dank, grimy aesthetic of the place shows through brilliantly in the recording. Shouts and chants of unknown origin are pushed through effect pedal after effect pedal to create an otherwordly, chugging machine propelled by dripping synths and clockwork drumming. All the crazed effects, however, do not take away from the fact that this is absolutely a rock record. Much like Black Dice’s recent Mr. Impossiblealbum, each song has melodic hooks that will get stuck in your head for a very long time.