Under the Radar: Black Mountain

Black Mountain is a five piece psychedelic-rock band from Vancouver, BC composed of Stephen McBean, Amber Webber, Matt Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt and Joshua Wells.  The band refuses to list each members instrument citing the need to maintain it’s communal vibe.  When they aren’t tearing up stages across the US, Canada, and Europe, they are members of a Vancouver-based volunteer organization, Insite, that services the basic human needs of  impoverished communities around their hometown.

However, when the band decides to shed their holistic persona and hit the stage, the music they create is an entirely different story.  Drawing inspiration from the likes of Black Sabbath, Velvet Underground, and The Doors, the band sounds, at times, like the best Led Zeppelin cover band that you’ve never heard of.  Structurally, the band prides itself on sludgy guitar riffs, ornately placed psychedelic tangents, stomping drum patterns, untraceable song segments, and layered arrangements that steadily rise and flow from loud to soft to insanely heavy and back again.  Yet somehow, it all seems to make perfect sense.

The band has released two full length albums, Black Mountain (2005) and In The Future (2008).  The band’s third full length album, Wilderness Heart is scheduled to drop on September 14th and features a badass album cover that is currently running neck and neck with Fang Island for cover of the year.  Click here to download the first single “Old Fangs” or here to download some samples of live shows and stream several tracks below.

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~ by cdowell4 on June 29, 2010.

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