Right now listening to Captain Beefheart's Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). Now I knew that dEUS's Tom Barman acknowledges him as a major influence. And you hear that in the group's music. But what I didn't know is that he even imitates Beefheart's voice. Sometimes emulation goes way too far. This is one of these times.
Obviously Beefheart's later work is lightyears removed from his early work. Shiny Beast is way more accessible than I expected from listening to Trout mask Replica, which is arguably a brilliant record, but which I've always found difficult to sit through. Next up, his last record before he disappeared into the Mojave desert, Ice Cream for Crow.