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Black Mountain


Crossover Prog

3.47 | 55 ratings

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2 stars I bought this album on a whim at the used CD store as I always pick up one or two I've seen listed in progarchives but never heard. This is one I wish I would have left at the store. I would describe it as "retro minimalist Deep Purple" with smatterings of other groups. I feel all the instrumentation and vocals are less than inspiring at this point. The keyboards run the gamut throughout the album, from mellotron to organ to synth...and back again. Guitars aren't varied much and the beats and grooves by the drums and bass leave much to be desired. I feel the vocals are the weakest part of the record. There are two vocalists: one male and one female. They generally sing in different spots, with probably 65% of the vocals done by the male. The female I am guessing is one of the other members' girlfriend due to her lackluster vocals. She tries too hard for the Stevie Nicks vibrato, and wavers quite a bit without any power.

The album begins with two weak songs, followed by two longer songs (8 and 6 minutes respectively). Then it just kind of meanders to song 9 which is a 16 minute track that at 6 minutes I thought "can I listen to this for 10 more minutes?" Then it ends with the "Stevie Nicks wannabe" vocals on track 10.

All this being said, I don't think that they are without potential. However, the feeling I got throughout listening was that it all seemed disconnected. Maybe it was the mix? Whatever they were striving for, I just didn't "get it". I had to put something else on right away to get it out of my head

I'll give it 2 stars, with better vocals 3.

AmbianceMan | 2/5 |


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