Stinking Lizaveta is a power trio from Philadelphia that plays heavy instrumental rock. MusicMight categorizes them as "doom jazz". Their 1996 debut album "Hopelessness and Shame" was recorded by Steve Albini. Albini was so impressed by them, he brought them to the All Tomorrow's Parties festival he co-curated in 2004. The band's first two albums were on Compulsiv, their third came out on Joe Lally's now-defunct Tolotta Records label; later releases have been on At a Loss Recordings in the US and Monotreme Record in UK and Europe. Their most recent release, 2012's "7th. Direction", was released via German label Exile On Mainstream. Extensive touring has included supporting Clutch on a 2005 US tour, and in the UK in 2006 they toured with Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity.
The band gets its name from a character in the 1880 Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.