It’s been a while since The Lantern shined its High Beams out into the world but life’s a maze of alternate paths (marriage, children, Portland Oregon, etc) and that’s just the way it goes/went. Fortunately for all lovers of heavy male psych brotherhoods the ML gang convened back in 2009 before parting ways to track their second full-length, Platoon, and here it is. It is, as to be expected, a monstrous hot-rod cruise into screaming dual wah distortions powered by the poker faced Gavin/Chip rhythm section and splattered with jazzy freak-out organ and the occasional Stallones echo yelp. Featuring most of their live classics from the pre-hiatus era (“Dark Cicadas,” “Friendship,” etc) and tracked/mixed by Best Coaster Bobb Bruno, this fills the hole in yr heart left by High Beams. Four-panel full-color CD digipaks with National Geographic photo collage artwork by Cameron Araw. Mastered by James Plotkin. Edition of 700.