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Stinking Lizaveta

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE
Band Metal Jazz


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"'Caught Between Worlds' review"

"This is a mad genius collection of stoner riffs and free jazz stylings from the dynamic Philadelphia instrumental trio." (8/10) - Classic Rock Magazine

"'Caught Between Worlds' review"

"...the sound they make is huge, the missing link between Black Sabbath and (legendary jazz bassist) Charles Mingus. It feels improvised but never formless as though they are just noodling around: it’s incredibly tight and economic, everything has a purpose. We’re told that the band is primarily a great live unit and that they have never really been caught on record. If that’s the case then we can’t wait to see them as this is an incredible record." (8/10) -Tommy Udo - Metal Hammer

"'Caught Between Worlds' review"

"A polished slice of psychedelia that swings between smoked-out riffs and jazzy tangents. Nice. "(8/10) - Rock Sound Magazine

"'Fresh Meat' feature"

"Stinking Lizaveta are an astounding instrumental power trio who play what could be most accurately described as stoner-jazz-rock-fusion or doom-funk. Or something. Whatever category you put them into, however, is never gonna be comfortable. They are Utterly bizarre. They employ a stand-up bass, a powerhouse female drummer and churn out some heavy licks. And they’re all of greek descent. Great as they are, their four albums are nowhere near as amazing as the live experience.

Sound Like: The missing link between early Mötorhead and late Miles Davis; The Meteors meet Meshuggah."
- Metal Hammer

"Live Review - London 2006"

"Make no mistakes, despite rocking like a bastard they draw as much from experimental loon frank Zappa as they do from the Black Sabbath riff book…Stinking Liz play with a liquid grace and togetherness bordering on telepathy. It is a testament to both the musicianship and energy of this three-piece that they remain nothing short of captivating for the whole of their set despite having no vocals whatsoever. If you intend to see Clutch on the last dates of their tour with COC, forgo the pub and get there early to see Stinking Lizaveta, who at present come up smelling of roses." KKKK - Kerrang!

"SXSW 2004 live review"

"I was lucky enough to walk in on a Stinking Lizaveta show during the 2004 SXSW festival and was (sorry for the overworked cliché) blown the heck away by the trio's furiously inventive, energy-spewing instrumental heavy rock. I was afraid that the magic I witnessed on stage wouldn't translate to the studio, but hoo boy, was I wrong. Caught Between Worlds, the Philly band's fourth record, captures the Liz's live energy in a studio setting, as guitarist Yanni Papadopoulos, bassist Alexi Papadopoulos (who plays an electric upright, often with a bow) and drummer Cheshire Agusta wrangle metal, jazz and good ol' rock & roll into a voluminous yet graceful ball of improvisational fire that practically leaps out of the speakers. It's as if legendary free jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock has risen from the grave and replaced Ozzy in Black Sabbath. Genius." - High Bias

"'Caught Between Worlds' review"

“A distinct effort is made at the beginning of this album to ensure anyone listening that they should get up close because this is going to be something special. You know a band has some balls and imagination when their bassist plays an electric upright bass to the backbeat of dynamic percussion. If you could for one moment imagine a marriage between Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor! and stoner rock. Close your eyes real tight on that one and then take some psychedelic drugs and your mind will open itself to Stinking Lizaveta’s sound. They do it all without the crutch of vocals genre-twisting post-rock, doom, jazz, and math rock to something deviously devoid of explanation. No matter what, you will not be prepared for this album.” (Editor's Pick) -

"'Caught Between Worlds' review"

“If you like crazy instrumentals consisting of different elements of stoner rock, doom, blues, and jazz, then you should definately check out Philly's trio of atmospheric craziness, Stinking Lizaveta. These guys are nuts on their 4th album, very original in their groovy progressive doominess. Solid rockin' tunes, without the distraction of vocals.” (5/6) - Absolut Metal

"'Caught Between Worlds' review"

“They play trippy stoner-jazz with a heavy-devy chunka-chunka beat and a guitar that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee bloated on cough syrup… In a world where there’s always somebody screeching at you with their cockamamie theories about whatever, it is quite refreshing to hear a band that just GROOVES and flits around making crazy vapor trails and let’s you figure some shit out on your own.” - Sleazegrinder

"Live Review - London 2006"

AS seen on the recent Clutch/Corrosion Of Conformity dates, Philadelphia art rock trio Stinking Lizaveta - is that the worst band name ever or what? - sneaked in to the UK ahead of the headliners to play a show to a small band of devotees. Like a cargo cult, everyone - a diverse crowd of doomsters, stoners, just plain metallers and the sort of painfully hip folks who normally appreciate music that sounds like a faulty lathe - seems to have been drawn here by and eye-swivelling enthusiasm for their recent album ‘Caught Between Worlds’. Nobody goes home disappointed: the live show is way better than the record. The odd looking trio of American misfits - they have an upright bass, an Amazonian female drummer and looks as though they dress from garbage cans - play with the sort of telepathic energy that engulfs you in their noise and bashes you back and forth like a particularly fragile shuttlecock. It’s like modern jazz as played by early Metallica; the incredibly complex passages give way to barrages of pure heaviness and then they’re off again on some tripped out psychedelic tangent.
It’s never boring, always teetering on the edge of chaos, always pulling back just at the final nanosecond. It’s a dazzling display of instrumental prowess, but more than that, it’s that rare thing, a band whose music is completely indefinable. Yes it’s punk, it’s metal, it’s jazz and you could file it under ’stoner rock’ or ‘doom metal’ if you felt so inclined. But they’re so much more than any label you could ever stick on them. [8] - Metal Hammer


'Caught Between Worlds' CD LP (Monotreme UK/Europe [2005] / At A Loss N. America [2004])

'III' CD LP (2001, Tolotta)

'Slaughterhouse' (1997, Tolotta)

'…hopelessness and shame' (1996, Tolotta)

Singles-----various on Egg Yolk, Tolotta, Reptilian, Mood Swing to name a few.

Compilations too many to name apart from Monolith IV which is still available on Maduro Records out of Minneapolis



After four album releases and 12 years of touring the US and broad, blitzing audiences with their famously dynamic live shows, Philadelphia instrumental power trio Stinking Lizaveta (named for a Dostoevsky character) has become an institution of sorts in the underground music scene. Their eclectic style of music incorporates post-rock, metal, sludge, prog’, stoner and doom with jazz stylings and eastern influences. RockDetector's book, 'History of Stoner, Goth, and Doom', categorises their music as 'doom-jazz', a label that the band have taken to citing when asked to describe their music.

Stinking Lizaveta's numerous fans include Steve Albini, who recorded and mixed their debut album, ‘…hopelessness and Shame’, in his former basement studio back in 1996. Their first three albums were released on the now-defunct Tolotta label (Spirit Caravan, The Obsessed, Dead Meadow, Othrelm) run by Fugazi bass player Joe Lally. An invitation from Steve Albini brought the band their European debut performance at the UK All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in March 2004, where they played a storming set that created a sizeable stampede to their merch table.

The trio comprises brothers Yanni and Alexi Papadopoulos on guitar and electric upright bass and Cheshire Agusta on drums. Yanni elicits an impressive range of sounds from his electric guitar, from heavy Sabbath-y riffs to graceful winding melodies, with periodic departures into stoner groove territory. He also provides ‘vocals’ by singing/screaming into the pickups of his guitar to create an eerie howling noise. Alexi also gives his electric bass a versatile workout, using fingers, bow and effects pedals to create an array of different sounds and moods. All of this is underpinned by the inventive drumming of Cheshire Agusta, who combines ‘pile-driven polyrhythms’, dextrous cymbal work and complex fills to keep things varied and exciting.

The band’s fourth album was released in 2004 by At a Loss Recordings in the US, and in 2005 by Monotreme Records in the UK/Europe.

In 2005 Stinking Lizaveta toured the USA with Clutch as sole opening act and also toured the UK opening for the double-headlining COC/CLutch tour. In 2006 they toured the US with Don Caballero.

The band will be recording their fifth album with Steve Albini in late 2006 / early 2007.