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This really is an absolutely outstanding album, a candidate for album of the year already. The influences are very clear Purple, Sabbath, Floyd, Spiritulized, Uriah Heep, Bowie and yes Evil Ways does indeed sound like Wolfmother. All of these things are good, very good indeed. With a liberal sprinkeling of stunning originality and a drummer obviously taught by Thor, the God of Thunder, himself thrown in for good measure. I love it.
The slow ones are addictive the fast ones really rock, most have a combination of both. The band create a real tension throughout which makes foor compelling listening.
The stand out track has to be Bright Lights from the hypnotic opening through the heavy sections which gallop(like Lizzy on speed but with low tuning) to the extended organ section which has some marvellous bass. Stormy High sets the scene (it still sounds similar to Shoot the Runner by Kasabian to me!). The music ducks and dives, twists and turns keeping interest levels high through the album. I challenge any one not to become totalling addicted to Queens Will Play a seductive riff building and challenging all the way.
Dont even think about it buy this album now, it'll be the best thing you do for yourself in 2008.
Every descriptive term used by previous reviewers - swirling, psychedelic, folky - is entirely apt, as are the references to the musical greats of the past. For those with a more modern taste, however... well, comparisons are little scarce. Not because Black Mountain sound old-fashioned, because they don't - and in fact, there is a distinct vivacity to these songs that makes a large proportion of the current crop of mainstream favourites sound extremely tired and dated. It's just that there isn't really anyone doing anything similar. That said, you may hear elements of My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age and the criminally underrated Oneida, so if they're among the artists on your current playlist, or you're one of the few listeners out there that doesn't get bored of a song after three minutes, this might just be your new favourite band.
And the band is in fine shape in their sophomore album "In The Future" -- they introduce some new musical twists, while still keeping their signature sound. It's a powerful, intense collection of hard-rockers, but with a few softer songs sprinkled in to show their range.
It opens with a grimy riff, a dark stomping bassline, and some smashing drums -- and for a minute, the appropriately-named "Stormy High" whips itself into a barely-restrained frenzy. When Stephen McBean's wailing vocals join the mix, the song straightens out into a solid, intense rocker that blasts its way down, reeking of classic rock concerts and apocalyptic fury.
Having reeled you in, Black Mountain turns out the bluesy "Angels," with McBean lamenting, "Come on, lay your head on down/angels, lay your arms around/every city's singing saddened songs...." And that quieter song is echoed in some of the others -- mournful folkiness, haunting fuzzy songs, or the ethereal closing lament "Night Walks."
But they haven't abandoned the harder music, thankfully. This is where their real power erupts out -- simmering hard-rock, gritty psychedelica wound with synth, stormy twisting electro-metal, and the penultimate song -- a seventeen-minute epic journey through explosive hard-rock, solemn organ instrumentals, and an earsplitting finale.
Whoo. What a ride. It's been only three years since Black Mountain came out with their self-titled album and EP -- it was great music, but still raw and unformed.Read more ›
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For whatever reason, this album kept cropping up in my Amazon recommendations, but, knowing what is best for me I didn't act upon it. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Pesto Fingeration
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This is a very special album , deserving 5 stars, if you like Led Zep.. and abit of rock you are sure to like thisPublished on 3 Sept. 2010 by Martin J. Clarke
A great album indeed - an ultimate piece of praise (I hope)- that Amber's vocals are remiscent of Grace Slick at her very best. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2010 by Deadpixie
'In The Future' is Vancouver-based psychedelic/progressive rockers Black Mountain's follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut and is, without doubt, one of the most remarkable,... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2008 by Andy Sweeney
Some reviewers mention Led Zep, The Floyd and other bands in a class of their own when reviewing Black Mountain. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2008 by The Ffordder
Well actually the limited edition version, but it didn't appear to work. Anyway this is an exceptional album, heavy and psychedelic, lovely ballads mixed with rocking sections with... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2008 by Big Jim