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The Warlocks

Skull Worship (Cargo/Zap Banana)

Light-year markers denote Skull Worship as the Warlocks' sixth planet from their burning star, yet the L.A. quintet's mass density emits a far greater gravitational pull. Atop psych-fried radioactivity cut through with acidic leads, Bobby Hecksher's syrupy, British invasion vox demands instant deification on opener "Dead Generation." Organ oxidation meets a hydrogen flare of guitar and tribal unrest in the rhythm section on "Endless Drops," but an unseen fuel dump halfway through the LP means a serious loss of power, and the crew gets whiny ("Silver & Plastic"). When the bottom falls out, Skull Worship goes full-on zombie ("He Looks Good in Space"). A six-minute Hendrix jam finishes off this cranial service in a puddle of drone. (Thu., 12:45am, Red 7)

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