Moonrises aren't messing around on their sophomore album and debut for Captcha. The Chicago psych unit, featuring the ever-awesome and always busy Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) on guitar, roars out of the gates on Frozen Altars. Built on a tipsy prog tension wire of untethered but skillful drumming, gnarled-string guitar work and tsunami swells of keys, the album plows through any room with a gale force and tears down pretty much anything within its path. Added to the incessant but somehow glorious fury are Libby Ramer's vocals, which add a tremendous amount of heft to the melee. From wordless howls to breathy psych witchcraft her voice is the anchor to the tumult and it galvanizes the band into a psychedelic force of nature. Clear some space on the shelf next to your Wooden Shjips, Can and Hawkwind records because they just got a new neighbor in Frozen Altars.
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