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Black Mountain


Crossover Prog

3.47 | 55 ratings

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4 stars Slow, slumbering psychedelic rock n´ roll caterpillar

This band pushes all the right buttons for me. Rocking guitars mainly riff driven (for all you aficionados who needs splintering unbelievable high soaring solos, this is not the place...), thumbing walking bass, slow creepy-crawley organs, tight 50-60´s drumming tied together with the twin vocals of what sounds like Grace Slick in her prime with Jefferson Airplane together with Jack White of The White Stripes.

Recalling a scorchingly hot summers day last August, dazing on the beach just north of Copenhagen in what most people here in Denmark call the "Whiskey-belt", because of the abundance of folks who have cars of gold, exotic pythons as guard dogs, sneeze in their money and live in larger than life castles, that would make for great viewing in the sort of MTV cribs television. -Anyway, we had with us a huge stereo chuck full of - well let´s just say alternative music attacking the beach side with tunes very unfamiliar from the drum n´ bass that usually dominates the airwaves. This album got about 6 or 7 spins, and it was like a great sorting machine - collecting long haired freaks from the darkest corners of the beach, as well as a handful of "rock chicks" that jump at anything showcasing a female voice (you know who you are Björk fans)... Whenever "Tyrants" got played, the loud cries and otherwise disturbing chit chat from the sands around us quieted down, and you could feel how they got swept away by the music. It starts out crushingly loud like a herd of wild buffaloes - changing suddenly into laid back soft singing transforming the song completely, and to those of us who know our rock n´ roll history will pick up the tiny acoustic ode to "Stairway to Heaven" that follows. The song crashes into some of the most beautiful female vocals, that I promise you - once heard, you will never forget it. Kind of reminds me of "War Pigs" live, when the crowd sings "Uuuuuuhh Uuuuuhhh" along with the guitar at the end. An instant hit for sure... Another favourite of mine is "Bright Lights" that really shows the psychedelic side of Black Mountain´s music, and clocking in at about 17 minutes this should arouse even the most rusty wine gummy prog boner... (-Even if they use a couple of those min on ambient noise)

This is not an album with great virtuosos and faster than light time changing signatures of any kind. It is however an honest album with heart and soul, that at times rips through the dull and enclosing jail bars of everyday life. A must for old school psychedelic mice, Zeppelin balloon people, proggy beavers and the likes who enjoy their beach music slow and brooding like a caterpillar up your misses thigh...

Guldbamsen | 4/5 |


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