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4 stars out of 5
Now hailing from the mountains just west of Denver, frontman David Angstrom leads Luna Sol through an ominous, mind-bending journey through his high-altitude highways on two wheels. The band’s debut album careens ever upward, slowing only for brief moments to explore bits of bluesy psychedelia before pushing onward again, exploding with dark, heavy guitar-infused rock. Angstrom is backed by a crew of Colorado locals (Pat Gill, Shanda Kolberg and Shannon Fahnestock) and hosts a number of guests, including bassist Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keys. Luna Sol’s self-proclaimed ‘high mountain stoner rock’ is exemplified in Blood Moon, drawing perhaps upon Black Mountain for a sinister yet massive overtone, or Soundgarden for some fuzzy grunge. Be on the lookout for Blood Moon’s release on 4/20 and a slew of release shows earlier this month along the Front Range.