Demon Lung, The Hundredth Name (Candlelight)
The best, scariest metal band to emerge from Las Vegas in years, Demon Lung’s debut record destroys. The incinerating synergy between Shanda Fredrick’s melancholy voice and guitarist Phil Burns’s Sabbath-on-steroids riffs reaches conflagrative levels in the infanticidal stomp of “Heathen Child.” The lyrics here detail a warlock’s sacrifice of a child to gain powers. There’s also a tribute to a Talmudic death angel called “Eyes of Zamiel.” Literate and lacerating, the Lung breathes real fire. ★★★★☆
The Psyatics, Oderint Dum Metuant (Outhouse Eagle)
Being sober is not my forte, sings bassist Rob Bell on “Bourbon Sway,” a swaggering highlight from his trio’s first CD, the title of which references Caligula. Like Bell’s previous band The Yeller Bellies, the Psyatics deliver gritty, bluesy rock for the PBR-swilling-with-college-degrees set. Other standouts: “The Powder Monkey,” which builds like a fuse-lit powder keg thanks to guitarist Jack Ball’s violin. “Death of Me,” meanwhile, displays Bell and drummer Jimmy Krah’s uncanny groove-lock. ★★★☆☆
Peccadilloes, 10 Years … A Million Beers (SquidHat)
A Vegas indie label unearths a local band that never got its due during the “aughts” via a two-disc re-release of punk-drunk, raw-powered albums Chaos Show and Rumor Control. Remixed, re-mastered, with new Jon Hansen art, the 27 songs gathered here include tongue-in-pierced-cheek anthem “Liquid Cheer” and working-week reproof “Minimum Rage.” If you want to know how some members of SquidHat-signed the Gashers spent their time beforehand, 10 Years tells it all. ★★★☆☆
Upcoming on Jarret’s radar …
MAY 21: Southern sci-fi surf-guitarnauts Man or Astro-Man? return with their first album in more than a decade. Recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana), Defcon 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 delivers 12 new songs, including vocals-enhanced rocker “Disintegrate.” MAY 28: Alice in Chains handily wins Goofiest Album Title of the Year with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. That said, lead single “Stone” is heaver than a planet-piercing, Cretaceous–crushing asteroid.