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New Album Review: Black Mountain- IV

BlackMountain by Magdalena Wosinska
Magdalena Wosinska
Black Mountain IV Album Art

Black Mountain-IV Album Art

Black Mountain and their body of work could be the soundtrack to both an acid party and a mass suicide for some death cult.  There is majick in their music.  Track listings are components to epic incantations.  Songs weave together to solve some kind of ancient mystery and their forthcoming release of “IV” is the latest transmission of some alien language that has been attempting to communicate with intelligence on our planet for a decade. Fat guitar tones and throwback analog synthesizers communicate to listeners in a familiar language about the future of their lives on this planet.  All hyperbole aside, Black Mountain’s “IV” album released today (April 1st) on the JAGJAGUWAR label is a rock and roll masterpiece that summons a classic sound as it simultaneously scales new peaks.  Wait, was that more hyperbole?  It’s just difficult to downplay that this album contains, by far, the best riffs of the year, definitely of the decade and maybe the best riffs of this young century.

The first single and song one off of IV, “Mothers of the Sun”  eclipses 8 minutes of playtime and encapsulates the entire album perfectly.  It flips from a sparsity of notes to masterful riffery with ease as it strikes the perfect balance between a soft femininity and rock and roll machismo. The moment Black Mountain released the video for Mothers of the Sun earlier this year, it started to become clear that this release was going to be something special. The hints of the occult vibrated through the imagery of that video.  The second video released off of this album was “Florian Saucer Attack”; an animated instant classic which cemented the themes of counter culture and speaks to the philosophical outliers of society in a more upbeat arrangement to it’s predecessor.  There are no throw away tracks on this album.  This album has continuity and depth from front to back.  There isn’t much light hearted subject matter.  By the time you get to the end of the song “Cemetery Breeding”, there’s a good chance that one of these songs might’ve touched something so deep inside that a good cry ensues.  It’s the kind of album you listen to alone but not as background filler.

Even with Stephen McBean’s recent and prominent roll in penultimate hardcore outfit, Obliterations, his mastery of musical dynamism has not been compromised by the pedal to the metal nature of that project.

Black Mountain and the IV album achieve what other bands seeking a throwback sound have fallen short of; an even mix of the joyous experimentation of the psychedelic sound with the heaviness of bands of that era like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.  While it has hints of influence from classic bands of past generations, there are no bands amongst their peers that have a sound anything like this.

You can order “IV” HERE

BLACK MOUNTAIN

Tour Dates and Tickets

04/29/2016
San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04/21/2016
Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
04/22/2016
Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
04/23/2016
Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
04/25/2016
Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
04/26/2016
San Diego, CA – Casbah
04/27/2016
04/28/2016
04/29/2016
Austin, TX – Levitation
04/29/2016
San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04/30/2016
Austin, TX – Levitation
05/03/2016
Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
05/04/2016
Albuqueque, NM – Launchpad
05/05/2016
Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
05/06/2016
Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
TICKETS
05/07/2016
Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
TICKETS
05/10/2016
Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
05/11/2016
Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
05/12/2016
Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05/13/2016
Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
TICKETS
05/14/2016
Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
05/15/2016
Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
05/17/2016
Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
05/18/2016
Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
05/19/2016
05/21/2016
Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
04/01/2016
Barcelona, SP – Bikini
04/02/2016
Bilbao, SP – Kafe Antzoki
04/04/2016
Torino, IT – Spazio 211
04/05/2016
Bologna, IT – Lokomotiv
04/06/2016
Zurich, CH – Bogen F
04/07/2016
Geneva, CH – PTR Usine
04/08/2016
Paris, FR – La Fleche D’Or
TICKETS
04/09/2016
Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
TICKETS
04/10/2016
Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
04/12/2016
London, UK – Electric Ballroom
04/13/2016
Brussels, BE – Botanique
04/14/2016
Tilburg, NL – Roadburn Festival
04/15/2016
Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg Oude Zaal
04/16/2016
Berlin, DE – Lido
06/09/2016
Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
TICKETS
06/10/2016
Boise, ID – Neurolux
06/11/2016
Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
06/14/2016
Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
06/15/2016
Iowa City, IA – The Mill
06/16/2016
Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird
06/17/2016
St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
06/18/2016
Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
06/19/2016
06/21/2016
Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre
06/22/2016
Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
06/23/2016
Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
TICKETS
06/24/2016
Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06/25/2016
Washington, DC – Black Cat
06/28/2016
Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
06/29/2016
Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06/30/2016
New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
07/01/2016
Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
TICKETS
07/02/2016
Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
07/21/2016
Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
07/22/2016
07/23/2016
07/24/2016
07/22/2016
Ottawa, ON – Ritual
07/23/2016
Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
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