Mountains – “Dust in the Glare”
Upon first hearing the name of this band, my mind immediately began to anticipate what they may sound like.
From my perspective, I was already assuming this would be another instrumental drone band with walls of crushing, saturated fuzz. Or, in other words, just another band doing what we, the lovers of fuzz, have already heard many times over. That being said, I was delighted to hear that this was not the case with UK trio, “Mountains”. Their debut full length “Dust in the Glare” is a surprisingly accessible release, and will more than likely appeal to fans of more mainstream, radio friendly bands. Even those who do not necessarily enjoy stoner doom rock, I’m sure will find something to love about this album.
The albums opener “Everglades” rocks confidently with a southern flavor that is simply impeccable, setting the stage nicely for all that follows. “Lonely Cities” takes a bit more of a Nu-metal direction, initially, before delivering one of my favorite lyrical lines of recent times, “We are the rust in the streets.” “Towards the Woods”, one of two instrumentals on the album, creates more of a deceptively calm atmosphere, building anticipation throughout, without giving away too much too soon.
“Ten Paces” and “Fortress” are two mighty slabs of southern swaggering steel. I must say, that for a band from the UK, these guys can certainly deliver that southern rock feel and atmosphere. Next track, “Keep Watch” livens things up significantly with some pure, blistering, straight up rock. The second instrumental track “Ithica” will immediately appeal to fans of “Spirit Caravan”, bringing that southern sound and feel once again to the foreground, putting a smile on your face and a nod in your head. The title track, which closes this impressive slab of rocking goodness is truly the epic highlight of the album. The wide range of emotions and atmospheres from our previous locales on this musical journey come full circle; thus, bringing our sonic tour through the southern swamp lands of the UK to a fitting close.
All in all, a very impressive release that stands out for a few reasons. The ebb and flow of the album plus the short song lengths keep you interested as a listener; never at any point does this album become simply background noise. Each track is very distinct and memorable on its own, however, each have their own flavor and charm. The production of the album is very crisp and modern, but never takes away from the impact of the guitar fuzz. All members of the trio give incredible performances on this album, never one out shining the other, as each performs their function of the band’s sound with absolute skill and professionalism. The bottom line is, this band rocks. Plain and simple. And they are god damn good at it.
The ebb and flow of the album plus the short song lengths keep you interested as a listener; never at any point does this album become simply background noise.Grim
Hailing from Franklin, Ohio, Grim has been writing reviews for Fuzz FM since April 12, 2017