HELMS ALEENight Terrors (Hydra Head/Sonic Unyon)
"Having now finished my third consecutive listening in one sitting, this is probably an early contender for my top record of '08. Although the likely suspects that earmark Hydra Head are all here—post-rock innovation, face-melting psych, non-self-serving prog, searing noise—it’s the infectious melodies oozed in harmony that manage to stick their neck out from the pummelling heaviness. Basking in equal parts light and dark, Helms Alee, hailing from Seattle, have cooked up a perfect formula. If you’ve been digging the latest Torche and Big Business as well as pioneers like Chavez, My Bloody Valentine and the Melvins, this will blow your pretty little mind to bits, because it’s just too massive to ignore. 9/10 (Johnson Cummins)"