PHANTOM HEAD: Self-titled: LP

Although Phantom Head wants you to nod until your neck gives out, mine was left with only a dull ache. Their spiraling, fuzzed-out riffs echo Melvins and Pissed Jeans, but there isn’t enough meat on the bones. The production is thin—damn near demo quality—making the riffs face-warming, not melting. Similarly, the droning vocals are buried and often feel like an afterthought, while the drums and bass lack a wallop. Phantom Head is clearly a solid band, but this LP leaves a lot to be desired. –Sean Arenas (Blak Skul, blakskul.bigcartel.com)