Psych rock, psych metal, stoner metal, doom and on and on are just phrases that get thrown around or attached to bands to where the listener may or may not respond to them. In the genre naming world, it might be best to just call something great and Black Mountain is a band that’s just great. Their sound is their own, epic and spacey or metallic with touches of a sound that would play best over loud speakers at an arena somewhere. On their new single “Future Shade” they give your ears a sound it’s heard before, but not like this ahead of their upcoming album Destroyer due in May.
Sure, there are touches of metal and psych here-both unmistakable in how they’re laid out. But once the track gets going, you should hear notes that are on a larger scale. The way the drums kick things off, the squealing guitar that comes in like a thief in the night, it’s all a bit throwback but it all works. For a band that has the type of sound that you probably haven’t heard for a while, Black Mountain proves that epic space rock should never be too far from our ears.
You can stream “Future Shade” on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in all digital shops, or you can pre-order their new album Destroyer directly from Jagjaguwar Records before it gets released on May 24. Black Mountain is on tour starting March 19 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA until May 26 at Stoned and Dusted in Pioneertown, CA. A complete list of their upcoming sets can be located here.
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