Jared Warren and Coady Willis have been vocal about the difficulty they’ve had describing the sound of their project Big Business. Is it metal? Noise-rock? Some as-yet-unidentified subgenre that at least has some version of “sludge” in its name? Regardless, the duo’s latest album The Beast You Are cuts through a lot of the fuzz and feedback of their earlier records, and even though it still gets real loud, it’s the closest they’ve gotten to straight-ahead, riff-heavy rock. Warren and Willis have been playing with the Melvins, a gig that translated into a stint as touring opener for Tool, but now they’re back doing their own thing.
— Nathan Weinbender