Release date: March 29, 2019
Label: Static Records
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Moon Tooth’s sophomore release over recent weeks. It’s rare to find a band that you can say has a truly original sound but Moon Tooth approaches that mark. Although, there are elements of sound that sound familiar, Moon Tooth’s particular combination of musical ingredients is truly unique. Crux opens with Trust, a killer track full of heavy riffs, confusing rhythms, and really catchy lyrics. Omega Days is a tasty track full of catchy melodies and heavy grooves that is equal parts Coheed and Cambria and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Vocalist John Carbone shows off some serious pipes and the rest of the band alternates seamlessly between infectious pop punk and prog-rock at the drop of a dime. The musicianship on this record is unquestioned; however, I find myself wishing that the band would spend less time sounding pretty and really unleash their fury. Thumb Spike, Awe at All Angles, and Crux approach that unbridled rock-n-roll sound but still I want to hear more growling and less vocal coaching. Awe at All Angles in particular is a track that I expect to hear played a lot in 2019 and finds the band sick of the day to day grind. In addition to the catchy hooks that fill the album, this track is an intriguing mix of prog rock and bluesy riffs that makes for an excellent party track. Despite my complaint that the album may be “too clean”, there’s enough on this record to keep me listening.