Artist: Black Mountain
Title: “In the Future”
Format: Digital (Spotify)
Vancouver, British Columbia’s Black Mountain deals in 1970s psychedelic and classic rock, building monuments befitting of the group’s name to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin as well as Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
“In the Future,” the group’s second slab, has its transcendent moments. “Angels” is a slow blues moaner to do Young proud, complete with a grinding, lonely guitar lick.
However, too many of Black Mountain’s efforts evoke their influences too heartily. “Stormy High” shows no shame about being a Black Sabbath homage, for one.
When they’re not revisiting their own record collection, Black Mountain’s other efforts are misguided. The first half of the eight-minute “Tyrants” is lackluster and “Bright Lights” approaches 17 minutes, most of it built on a needless drone.
On the other hand, completely diverging from the formula and chronologically impossible, “Stay Free” sounds like a Bon Iver track that somehow was pressed onto this record by mistake.
There’s no mistaking that Black Mountain loves its influences. But there’s a bit of difficulty in distinguishing the group from them on “In the Future.”
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