Crystal Antlers' debut EP was so staggeringly powerful and unique, such a memorable door-kicking entrance, that in retrospect it would have been damn near impossible for their full-length to live up. But earlier this year, when venerable indie label Touch & Go made the band's first full-length Tentacles its final new release, my hopes remained high.

Crystal Antlers' debut EP was so staggeringly powerful and unique, such a memorable door-kicking entrance, that in retrospect it would have been damn near impossible for their full-length to live up. But earlier this year, when venerable indie label Touch & Go made the band's first full-length Tentacles its final new release, my hopes remained high.

The album was a bit of a letdown.

So goes the hype cycle. But returning to the record now with expectations in check, I'm beginning to remember why Crystal Antlers knocked me out in the first place: They're an unmatched whirlwind of psychedelic organ drones, hardcore guitar riffage, impassioned screams and relentless percussion.

They will whisk you up, thrash you about and piledrive you into the floor tile. And if you're lucky, they'll nurse you back to some semblance of health with their surprisingly serene cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue."