“Phototroph, the dizzying third album by Long Island’s Moon Tooth, feels like a tribute to all the weird, forward-thinking music that’s found itself in rotation on alternative rock radio over the past 25 years… Deftones’s off-kilter emotionalism; Queens of the Stone Age’s swaggering, stoned zen; the swampy prog-sludge of Mastodon. For fleeting moments on Phototroph, Moon Tooth resemble all those bands, but the clearest line of influence lay in how their idiosyncrasies serve their outsized ambitions.” – Bandcamp

“Prog-metal rarely sounds this warm-blooded.” – Revolver

“…multidimensional talent is on full display… explodes right out of the gate…”

– MTV News

“Moon Tooth is unstoppable.” – Metal Injection

“… equal parts heavy, catchy, and complex.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“The best progressive music spills over with joy and celebrates the complicated and wonderful thing called life. Phototroph does that and then some.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Phototroph album cover; artwork by Caroline Harrison

Moon Tooth’s eagerly-awaited new album, Phototroph, is available now via Pure Noise Records (stream it here).

Guitar player Nick Lees said: “It’s been a confusing and challenging few years leading up to this day but I’m deeply proud of these songs and even more so my brothers and our whole team for their unrelenting drive to do this thing against all odds. Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered or who will stream it for giving us some of your time and brain space. We hope the album will be a good friend to you all and you’ll laugh, cry, rage, and hurl to it for many years to come.”

In the lead up to the album’s release, the Long Island-based band shared four of the year’s most creative, and often hilarious, videos: The “Goodfellas” inspired clip for “Alpha Howl”
(, the vampire-infused video for “Carry Me Home” (, a colorful, psychedelic offering “The Conduit”
( and the narrative piece for “Nymphaeaceae”

Moon Tooth have been praised for their unique spin on prog/metal, with Rolling Stone saying “not since the early days of Mars Volta has a rock band managed to sound so wildly adventurous,” Pitchfork noting that the “band bursts with enthusiasm and rabid energy, as if Mastodon’s apocalyptic visions were replaced with cosmic wonder,” and Revolver dubbing them as “awe-inducing.”

Tour dates:

w/Dance Gavin Dance, Memphis May Fire, Volumes:

May 13 Richmond, VA The National
May 14 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
May 15 Columbia, SC The Senate
May 17 Ponte Verde, FL Concert Hall
May 18 Daytona Beach, FL Daytona International Speedway
May 19 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Auditorium
May 20 Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnace

Headlining performances:

May 21 Atlanta, GA The Earl
May 22 Asheville, NC The Odditorium
May 23 Huntington, WV The Loud
May 24 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
May 27 Ridgewood, NY TV Eye
May 29 Amityville, NY Amityville Music Hall (album release show)

Phototroph is available on several limited edition vinyl variants:

· White/royal blue with yellow splatter (200 copies, Pure Noise exclusive) SOLD OUT

· Black and gold pinwheel (300 copies, Pure Noise exclusive)

· Yellow and blue galaxy (300 copies, indie retail)

· Royal blue cloudy (UK/EU retail exclusive)

· Black and hot pink (250, Moon Tooth exclusive)

· Royal blue in milky clear vinyl with heavy yellow and green splatter (1150, various retailers)

Photo credit: Jesse Korman

Moon Tooth is vocalist John Carbone, guitar player Nick Lee, drummer Ray Marte, and bass player Vincent Romanelli. The Long Island-based band self-released their debut album, Chromaparagon, in early 2016. Metal Injection, in one of Moon Tooth’s earliest reviews, said the foursome “establish a riveting precedent of what can be created within the wide parameters of modern progressive music.” The band went on to catch the attention of heavy music fans, critics and labels alike, leading to Pure Noise Records signing Moon Tooth and re-releasing their widely-praised album, Crux, in 2019. The 11-song collection, co-produced by Machine (King Crimson, Every Time I Die) and Lamb of God’s Mark Morton, led to the band being championed by Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, earning placements on both outlet’s Best of 2019 year-end lists. The band’s new album, Phototroph, found the NY outfit working with Producer Josh Wilbur (Trivium/Lamb of God).


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