The omnipotent Santa Cruz, Calif., band Comets on Fire unleashes a mighty blast on its first album to achieve wide distribution.

The omnipotent Santa Cruz, Calif., band Comets on Fire unleashes a mighty blast on its first album to achieve wide distribution. As they did on two previous indie releases, the Comets move the earth with an ear-shattering collection of psychedelia-tinged hard rockers. The guitar front line of Ethan Miller (who also takes the usually indecipherable vocals) and Ben Chasny (aka Six Organs of Admittance) lays down some of the heaviest axework this side of Japan's High Rise. Their sonic temblors are stirred and smeared by echoplex mixer Noel Harmonson. This time around, the group throws in some '70s prog influences; the results play like an unholy melding of '80s SST Records noise jams, the Stooges' "Funhouse" and Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma." Wild, unfettered and bone-shatteringly loud, "Blue Cathedral" will stir any fan of extreme guitar mania.—CM

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