The Entrance Band, ‘The Entrance Band’ (Ecstatic Peace)
This throwbackin’ threesome — an expanded version of frontman Guy Blakeslee’s subdued solo outing under the name Entrance — kills it when they stick to the classic power-trio formula. “Grim Reaper Blues” towers like Blue Cheer, winking at stoner rock on its seven-minute journey back to the source. And a painfully sincere ode to MLK gets over via sheer psych-rock mania. But eyes drift from the prize as the disc progresses, giving up the balls-out soloing for Cure knockoffs (“You’re So Fine,” “Lives”).