Two decades of playing together since their early days in Staten Island have resulted in five studio albums, a raucous live show that has taken them across four continents and an unbreakable musical kinship among its nine members.Their sound has evolved since their Afro-soul beginnings, but no matter how many new influences get mixed in over the years, they remain in sync. When drummer Brian Profilio was working on the linoleum cut that would eventually become the artwork for The Budos Band’s first new album in five years, he had a particular mood in mind. “I wanted it to just look super raw, like kind of a primitive feel to it,” he says. But the mountain that he settled on for the cover for Budos Band V, the follow-up to 2014’s Burnt Offering, is more than just a striking image; it’s a reminder of the challenges the band rose to and the peaks and valleys of its sonic journey. Fans familiar with the band's thunderous instrumentals will hear touches of Burnt Offering's heavier rock influence throughout Budos Band V's 10 tracks, whether it's on the hard-hitting, cinematic album opener "Old Engine Oil" or the trippy "Maelstrom,"but as baritone sax player Jared Tankel notes, the classic Budos sound from their first three records is ever-present here as well.