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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: The Golden Grass – The Golden Grass

Posted on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: What sets  Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass apart from the hundreds of bands the world over who cull the bulk of their influence from the heavy rock of the early ’70s and / or the original psychedelic era is a relentlessly positive mindset. Where the current […]

Album of the Day: Opium Warlords – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When I read that this was a release featuring a former member of Reverend Bizarre, one of my favourite doom bands ever, I thought I knew what to expect. Rollicking doom anthems mixing with a sardonic wit and riffs the size of icebergs. I […]

Album of the Day: Profetus – As All Seasons Die

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Thergothon. Skepticism. Tyranny. All reasons why the mere description ‘Finnish funeral doom’ had me clamouring to hear this album. Profetus do not disappoint. Their style is utterly, crushingly leaden, yet at the same time delicate and airy, with penetrating church-organ-like synths shining through an endless […]

Album of the Day: Messenger – Illusory Blues

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: If music is the soundtrack to our lives, evoking memories of people and place then the debut album from UK progressive act Messenger, the enigmatically entitled Illusory Blues will, to these ears, forever be associated with the south eastern corner of Sicily where I first became […]

Album of the Day: Tusmørke – Riset Bak Speilet

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: If I were to tell you that Norwegian unusualists Tusmørke spun out from a psychedelic space-rock outfit called Captain Cumulonumbus And His Wondrous Cloudship and claim to be mainly influenced by the Bronze Age, that ought to give you an approximate idea of what […]

Album of the Day: Sabbath Assembly – Quaternity

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: US Folk metal act Sabbath Assembly return with another set of religious themes on their third album Quaternity. This is mostly an acoustic album, with the band utilizing classical percussion and strings for some new sounds to help support vocalist Jamie Myers and percussionist […]

Goatess To Replace The Oath at Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We at Roadburn are very sorry to announce that The Oath have sadly had to cancel their appearance at Roadburn Festial 2014 due to personal circumstances. Hopefully, we’ll be able to welcome the band at Roadburn 2015. Luckily, we’re able to report that Sweden’s Goatess will replace The Oath on […]

Album of the Day: Kuolemanlaakso – Tulijoutsen

Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: ‘Kuolemanlaakso’ is Finnish for ‘Death Valley’. That’s pretty metal to start us off. Kuolemanlaakso are also only onto their second record, which is more surprising considering the assuredness with which they ply their craft. ‘Tulijoutsen’, which translates to ‘The Fire Swan’, is a thunderous […]

Mantar To Bring The Fire To Roadburn 2014!

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014

You can’t keep a good festival down, and so no sooner have we announced the unfortunate cancellation of KEN Mode than we are overjoyed to be able to announce that the mighty Mantar will replace them! The heavier-than-a-concrete-elephant gruesome twosome from Hamburg dropped their killer ‘White Nights’ seven-inch not so […]

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