Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum looks and sounds like a cross between Kiss and King Crimson, as Nils Frykdahl's arthouse quintet proffers a heady, highly creative me

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum looks and sounds like a cross between Kiss and King Crimson, as Nils Frykdahl's arthouse quintet proffers a heady, highly creative melange of costumed theatrics and top-flight musicianship. Sleepytime's improv-minded, metallic prog-rock is loud and loony enough to send weaker constitutions running from the room at live gigs, although an exponential number are always seen lining up to buy discs and T-shirts after the show. The sonic stomp and lyrical wit of "Sleep Is Wrong" boldly sets the stage, with the avant-gothic "Ablutions" and the very viscerally powerful "Powerless" among the other highlights. Plus, there is more sheer invention in just the album package and Sleepytime's self-penned mythology than with most other volume-intensive groups' whole musical oeuvre. Contact: promo@chaosophyrecords.com.—BB