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Album of the Day: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Certainly the announcement that vocalist Uta Plotkin will leave Witch Mountain following their Fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind places Mobile of Angels, the band’s fourth album overall and third with Plotkin fronting, into a different context.

If nothing else, it lets lyrics longing for escape in ‘Psycho Animundi’ and ‘Can’t Settle’ — lines like “Living in filth and dirt in rooms less colorful and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo” from the former and the richly, beautifully crooned “Oh, it’s time to go” in the back half chorus of the latter — be read in ways opposed to how they otherwise might.

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Witch Mountain‘s music has never been particularly upbeat, but the blues in Plotkin‘s voice seem to have a focal point here and if it’s a change that needed to happen, then the only really unfortunate part about it is that it comes as the four-piece of Plotkin, guitarist Rob Wrong, drummer Nate Carson and bassist Charles Thomas (also of Blackwitch Pudding and the latest in a succession of bass players) reach their highest creative watermark to date.

Released by Profound Lore in North America and Svart in Europe, Mobile of Angels follows two strong outings in 2012′s Cauldron of the Wild  and 2011′s South of Salem  — their debut, Come the Mountain  having been released in 2001 on Rage of Achilles before an extended hiatus — but it is leaner than Cauldron and more developed than Salem, the band’s considerable road-time paying dividends in the tightness of performance and the ground they’re able and willing to cover stylistically.

Production by Billy Anderson never hurts either, but what’s most striking about Mobile of Angels isn’t how the five songs sound so much as where they go.

The lurching chug in Wrong‘s riffs is a signature element in Witch Mountain‘s approach, and as the opener, ‘Psycho Animundi’ dives immediately into an affirmation of it. Cauldron of the Wild‘s ‘The Ballad of Lanky Rae’ was similarly direct, but the bluesier atmosphere of that track is contrasted by ‘Psycho Animundi‘‘s purely doomed stomp, underscored by the slow march in Carson‘s drumming.

At nearly nine minutes, it’s second only to centerpiece ‘Your Corrupt Ways (Sour the Hymn)’, and fittingly immersive, but there’s still a right-down-to-business feel, and the vocals start less than a minute into the track, beginning a tradeoff of verses and guitar solos that carries the central chug through a duration that feels less extended than it is.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK REVIEW: Witch Mountain, Mobile of Angels
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the Day: Monarch – Sabbracadaver

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: There are certain sounds and styles of music that can induce nightmares. You experience these sounds that are out of the ordinary, maybe even in conflict with your own psyche, and they can lead to you experiencing terrifying stories in your head while you […]

Album of the Day: Wolvhammer – Clawing Into Black Sun

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]

Album of the Day: The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Blog Is Heavy: Three years after An Ache for the Distance, Chicago-based post-metal monsters The Atlas Moth return to bestow unto us The Old Believer, a 50-minute marathon across ten massive-sounding tracks. Having reached untold heights with their sophomore album, The Atlas Moth now turn to […]

Album of the Day: Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For a band that’s spent the last 15 years gracefully and aggressively testing the limits of the sound that heavy metal makes, Portland’s Agalloch have committed very few errors. From 1999’s primitively produced but ambitiously built Pale Folklore to 2010’s arching and magnetic Marrow of the […]

Album of the Day: Morne – Shadows

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Boston quartet Morne has, to date, used its discography like a very public workshop. The band spent the first several years of its existence constructing an elaborate and involved monument of their metallic interests. Their debut, 2009’s Untold Wait, swiveled from lumbering stomp to swooping strings, […]

Album of the Day: Man’s Gin – Rebellion Hymns

Posted on Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from SputnikMusic: Colorado native Erik Wunder proves perfectly capable of expressing himself in various musical settings. Aside from the noisy black metal of the highly esteemed Cobalt albums, Wunder also revels in dark Americana of the highest caliber. The first record he released under the Man’s Gin moniker […]

Album of the day: Portal – Vexovoid

Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: We’re all too aware of the terrifying acts our species is capable of, but nothing reflects that better than the splendidly grotesque noisescapes of Portal. As the unnerving Australian death metal quartet proves yet again on their latest horror-filled dirge, Vexovoid, there are levels […]

Album of the day: Ash Borer – Ash Borer (CD)

Posted on Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Praise for Ash Borer‘s Self Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Originally released as a super limited cassette on Psychic Violence in 2011, then a little later, on Pesanta Urfolk as a limited LP, and now finally, this killer collection of avant, droned out, post rock flecked, West Coast black […]

Album of the day: Occultation – Three & Seven

Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Praise for Occultation‘s Three & Seven from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Three And Seven is the debut full length from NYC psychedelic doomlords  /doomladies, and Negative Plane offshoot, Occultation. Their sound is a dark and dramatic, almost cinematic sort of witchy metallic psychedelia, the heaviness tempered by a fantastically muddy, […]

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