Boomkat Product Review:
Magic Lantern's High Beams is a terrific and highly gratifying psych/stoner rock opus in the vein of Religious Knives, Wooden Shjips or Heavy Winged. 'Deathshead Hawkmoth' is a real masterpiece, kicking off the album with the kind of gutsy guitar riffing you'd hear on a post-Hex Earth LP or something from the uppermost echelons of Holy Mountain's catalogue. Far from being a one-trick horse, the Magic Lantern Stallion gallops into more frazzled, soundscaping texture during 'Feasting On Energy', an exhilarating peyote trip produced in shimmering echo-soaked fashion by Bobb Bruno (the album's sound is no doubt also partly creditable to James Plotkin, who does seem to bring an intangibly special quality to records he masters). After the heavy drone of 'Vampires In Heat', the album arrives at a big finish with some thorny '60s-style wah-wah chaos on 'Cactus Raga', a ferocious and suitably psychedelic conclusion to the album. Recommended.