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DUST MOUNTAIN are a Finnish psychedelic folk rock ensemble hailing from Tampere. The quintet was formed in 2016 by ORANSSI PAZUZU guitarist Toni Hietamäki and his sister Henna (of CATS OF TRANSNISTRIA), who provides vocals and lyrics. The siblings are accompanied by guitarist/vocalist Pauliina Lindell (of STREAK AND THE RAVEN and VUONO), bassist Riku Pirttiniemi (of DEATH HAWKS) and drummer Jukka Rämänen (of DARK BUDDHA RISING), HEXVESSEL and WASTE OF SPACE ORCHESTRA). Claiming influence from the PENTANGLE, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, FAIRPORT CONVENTION, LINDA PERHACS and COVEN, Dust Mountain's sound leans towards HEXVESSEL's pagan folk, combining additional Canterbury and krautrock influences with occasional flashes of heaviness that recall Toni and Rämänen's primary projects.

In 2021, Dust Mountain played their debut live performance at the Roadburn Festival's online Redux event, and the group's debut LP, Hymns for Wilderness, was released later that year on Svart Records, with auxiliary member and film editor Jaakko Niemelä adding flute and percussion.

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Hymns for Wilderness
Dust Mountain Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars It's another female fronted Finnish band, though vocalist Henna Hietamäki sings in English....I think. What starts off promisingly in the vein of grungy HEXVESSEL meets post rockish THE GATHERING, ultimately falls short of those models due to the sameness of the arrangements, plodding rhythms, equally drudgy vocals and guitars, and mellotron ish keyboards that manufacture little atmosphere, sort of like a fog machine when you are in the last seat of a stadium just trying to make out who is where on the stage.

As I hinted, the summit is at the outset, "Harvest Maiden", though "Village on Fire" is also a welcome variant on the formula, the party crashed by a presumably uninvited mandolin. As far as the folk goes, it's coerced into the bathymetric depths for the duration, where it predictably lacks color and vision.

I would say there is probably an audience for DUST MOUNTAIN, so if the above sounds good to you I say go for it, but it won't be me who is singing "Hymns for Wilderness'" praises around here.

Thanks to kenethlevine for the artist addition.

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