Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
1) Ghost of Python
2) Telekinetic Mechanic
3) Memory Bank Heist
First time I heard Archons, I had just pulled myself together from a long blackout. I had spent the morning smoking crystal meth from a filthy glass pipe in an equally filthy North Park apartment. After polishing off a handle of bourbon, things went dark until I breeched the liminal surface in a throbbing throng of sweaty-haired humanity on the dance floor of the Zombie Lounge. The beat in my chest surged me toward the stage as I regained consciousness in the tattooed mob.
To describe the music, I'll say that it hit the spot; it was exactly what I needed on that mangled midnight. Archons plays heavy teeth-gritting rock and roll with a driving rhythm. The vocals are reminiscent of Megadeth or Rob Zombie without the comical theatrics. In "Ghost of Python," the guitar seems tertiary to the bass and drums, but "Memory Bank Heist" flies high with crawling, warbling string work.
I think Archons sounds better live than on this CD because it was recorded on the house system at the Casbah. Although, it could've been the crank and whiskey.
--- Hometown CD Review 2-9-06