Mt. Mountain – ‘Cosmos Terros’ – Album ReviewAustralia’s Mt. Mountain have been working their way around the scene down under, playing with household names such as Sleep and more recently Kadavar. Following two EPs comes their debut LP – ‘Cosmos Terros’ – released on April 22nd 2016. Although this review is split into individual thoughts on each song, it must be understood that this is an album in its most pure sense – that is that it flows as one piece. Much like Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd or Dopesmoker by Sleep – both of which, if meeting in the middle somewhere, would probably sound like Mt. Mountain – this album is designed to be listened to as a whole.
First track ‘Seek the Sun’ is a mesmerizing opener that creeps slowly from the speakers and proceeds to occupy your headspace for the next eight and a half minutes. Starting with reverb soaked, tranquil guitar tones, the song quickly drops into a steady groove led by an entrancing vocal line from Stephen Bailey that gives the song a feeling of euphoria – think Black Angels meet The Doors. As it works its way forward, the song bursts into a fuzzy, faster paced section which wakes the listener from their trance momentarily before they are thrown right back in when the song returns to its slowed down 60’s like haze with smooth bluesy lead guitar parts leading the song to its end.
‘Diablo’ is introduced with a gritty, dark bass sound – soon joined by a mix of smooth organ sounds and rolling tom patterns from stickman Thomas Cahill. The vocals sit perfectly on top of the mix once again, allowing each individual instrument to whirl around your brain like a thick cloud of smoke. This song leaves you aching for more as it reaches its closing notes after just three minutes.
The next track ‘Freida’ picks up the pace a bit as its initial bass heavy riff leads the way. From here, it is a back and forward combination of dreamy, psych inspired verses and heavier, more riff oriented choruses with the outro blending the two together – giving the song plenty of dynamic.
Next up is ‘Elevation’. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this song elevates the listener out of the dreamy trance and hurls them into a spiralling acid jam which boasts plenty of energy and intensity. The drums are unforgiving as they pound away to the sound of the pulsating bass frequencies and effect driven guitars. The song reaches a climatic explosion before stopping dead and from there it builds up again and the mayhem arises once more.
Following a short, spacey intro, ‘Moon Desire’ drops into perhaps the albums heaviest riff it has to offer. With thick fuzzy bass tone acting as the driving force, the creeping organ appears again to fill the space left by the guitars and vocals. This song provides more groove and again is very similar in style to Black Angels, which of course is in no way a bad thing. Arguably more doom-ridden than the rest of the album, this song remains just as psychedelic and airy thanks to those sweet, echoed guitar solos and the ever present vocal melodies that take these songs to another level.
Closing the album is the atmospheric ‘Pass On’. The guitars freely sway along the platform on which the slow tempo beat and underlying bass fuzz have laid out, once again allowing the vocals to entrance the listener and get them back to the mindset they were in when they began listening to the album. The song closes with more energy and speed as a psychedelic jam reaches a plateau of epic proportions like something Hawkwind might have done in their early days.
Each song can stand alone here as great but what really makes this album stand out is how well the songs gel together. There is a certain flow to the music from the moment you press play until the final song reaches its climatic end. The heavy riff based areas of the music are perfectly blended with the dreamlike, psych influenced sections, creating a fantastic, expansive sound. Expect more good things to come from these guys!
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Written by Ben Hughes