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A Silver Mt. Zion


Post Rock/Math rock

3.68 | 70 ratings

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2 stars First collab to write a review on this album, and the second to write a negative one? Yikes!

Well, for those of you who know me well enough on the forums, it takes me forever to write a review on any album that I get, so you're probably thinking; why is he reviewing the album so early on? Well, it's because there are only three real songs, and all of them are extremely straightforward, and predictable. I feel I'm giving this album an unfair rating, cause this was my first with a silver mount Zion, and I must admit my hopes were high for the former members of Godspeed you!black emperor, I was disappointed.

The first twelve tracks are all between four and seven second of noise, and generally, I thinks it's a great, and fun idea, typical of the progressive spirit. Then track number thirteen comes on, one million died to make this sound. I was really excited to hear Efrims voice for the first time, I was told it was haunting, and even tear jerking, once again I was a bit disappointed, but after a couple more listens, I understand why it gets all of it's praise (especially after hearing horses in the sky), it goes beautifully with the primal/muddy electrics in the background. On this album though, I feel the vocals and music don't really melt together like should, at least until the last song, but I'll get to that later. Anyways, after a couple of minutes of wailing, the strings come in with a memorable riff, then the whole group comes in with a very energetic ans exciting feel, screaming one million died to make this sound. At first I was absolutely blown away, and thought that the former members of godspeed, maybe didn't make a bad choice of leaving. ***ten minutes pass*** OKAY, YOU'VE BEEN SINGING AND PLAYING THE SAME F*CKING THING FOREVER MOVE ON!!! Honestly, a poor kid like me can only take so much muddy guitar riffing, and punk rock wailing for so long. I was thanking God when the song finally climbed down to some simple chanting, I mean I was SERIOUSLY thankful.

Well, the next song is basically the same thing for me, the song structure is horrible and annoying, and Efrims voice is just too much to handle after so long. Not only that, but the song thirteen blues for thirteen moons contains one of my least favorite lyrical subjects ever spawned: politics! So usually I just cant take anymore, and just skip to the next song on the album, also the most listenable, also the last. This song is honestly what saves the album from being a one star, with a feeling of depression while the strings are creating havoc as background noise, Efrims voice and guitar caress through the madness at a very calm and... Godspeedish pace. The first time I listened to the album, I replayed the song twice, just because I was trying to pull something positive from the band, and thankfully I did.

Really, the political aspect of Horses in the sky doesnt really bother me too much, but thirteen blues for thirteen moons was uneven, and concentrated more on the lyrics more than the music, which is good for some serious lyrical bands, with amazing singers. This is not the case for this band, I felt completely overwhelmed by the vocals, and I was ready for some musical relief, instead my head was rammed into the mental wall that is angry lyrics, and underprivileged music. Maybe with time to appreciate the way a silver mount Zion attacks they're music, the alum will grow on me, and I will edit. Until then, 2 stars.

Dim | 2/5 |


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