Moon Tooth
Crux
(2019)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre:
Progressive rock
Sounds Like:
La Dispute, Wildlights, ASG
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hailing from stickball heaven, where garlic knots, Window Pane, bagels and bowling reign supreme. We welcome Long Island natives Moon Tooth. The foursome's 2nd full-length Crux shows some impressive advancement and clearly plots them on the map. Their massively tight riffage and pinpoint precision dominate with splashes of interesting tangents. Lead singer Carbone reminds us of a lower octave Jason Shi (from ASG) with energy and charisma should pose staying power in the industry. Nick Lee shines throughout with his soothing melodic fretwork supported by the backbone of Ray Marte’s impressive percussion.

Track Listing:
1. Trust (4:35)
2. Omega Days (3:00)
3. Through Ash (5:07)
4. Musketeers (3:30)
5. Thorns (3:52)
6. Rhythm & Roar (2:42)
7. Motionless in Sky (5:33)
8. Thumb Spike (3:34)
9. Awe At All Angles (4:02)
10. Crux (4:53)
11. Raise A Light (Epilogue)

Standout Tracks:
"Rhythm & Roar" has a freshness and liberating feel that makes if float just above the other 10 tracks. Its divergent lighthearted edge forms like paste on the mind. We appreciate the change-ups and somewhat unhinged sound. "Awe At All Angles" is a close second with its math-rock awkwardness and fitting song title where unique angles and rhythms take hold. Alas don’t underestimate the title track, Crux has a bold weighty heavy edge that will make you give a double take for sure.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Gotta go with the ‘Prop Stopper Seaweed IPA’ this is a big, American IPA. The seaweed adds a slightly salty finish to cut through the hops’ bitterness and cleanse your palate after each sip so you can continue to enjoy this 7.7% dry-hopped IPA and dive into the freshness of Moon Tooth.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.6 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.6 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.1 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
9.0 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.7 out of 11

Contrast
8.4 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
7.6 out of 11

Production Value
9.3 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
Would love to catch these guys on a random night at Molly Blooms, Sparks or Mulcahy’s. Crux is loaded with terrific high-energy moments. Its tightly wound precision makes for the perfect accompaniment as you hit the expressway. Kudos to Moon Tooth for turning things up a notch and hitting their stride.

Band Members:
John Carbone - Vocals
Nick Lee - Guitar & Vocals
Ray Marté - Drums & Vocals
Vincent Romanelli - Bass

Follow Moon Tooth: Bandcamp / Facebook
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