By Dimitri Ehrlich
Updated July 15, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Despite occasional acoustic interludes and conceptual pretensions (it’s divided into three parts, with song titles like ”Gardenia,” ”Asteroid,” and ”Odyssey”), Sky Valley, the latest album from California-based hardcore band Kyuss, is punishing, pedal-to-the-metal headbanging thrash. It should come with its own neck brace. B+