Black Mountain – In The Future

January 23, 2008

Startlingly good second album from British Columbia based band Black Mountain mixes elements from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Sweet and other 70’s influences into music that’s part hard rock, part psychedelic, part progressive, part folk. Whatever you want to call the result, the soaring male and female vocals, big guitars and synths create a sound that’s powerful and beautiful and so, so very heavy. Though Black Mountain wears their influences on their sleeves, you haven’t quite heard anything like what they’ve come up with on In The Future, which reaches a delirious peak with the epic nearly 17 minute long “Bright Lights.” This is an early contender for album of the year, and it’s not even the end of January yet. There’s not a dud to be found on the 57 minute LP, but highlights include the aforementioned “Bright Lights,” the opener “Stormy High,” “Wucan” and “Queens Will Play.”


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