EARWORMS: Superalien Coliseum: CD

About a minute into the first song, I thought, “This reminds me of Low Fat Getting High, who also happen to be from New York.” After some sleuthing, I discovered that Earworms’ bassist, John Meredith, handles engineering, mixing, and mastering for LFGH. Even though Meredith doesn’t exclusively handle recording duties for Earworms, both bands play speaker-destroying, metal-kissed rock with clear, confident productions. Earworms’ riffs are epic and the vocalists, who belt with conviction, never stumble into the chasm of corniness. Unlike their previous full-length which veered more towards techy hardcore, Superalien Coliseum is high-concept metal, tangling me in its tasty guitar noodles. Like The Misfits with horror, Earworms unabashedly embrace their sci-fi theme: “Deployed from mother crown / A perfect single ship contains the spiral architect.” In fact, the cover art reminds me of New Gods-era Jack Kirby. As someone with a vintage collection of Harlan Ellison and Philip K. Dick paperbacks, Earworms has tapped into my frequency. –Sean Arenas (Money Fire, moneyfirerecords.com)