Monday, 15 September 2014

Holy Mount - Alpic

'Alpic'
Holy Mount
2013

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s:  Space Rock, Synth, Psychedelic, Doom Metal
For Fans Of: Ufomammut, Zaum, Om, YOB, Pelican, Spell

Toronto band Holy Mount have pretty much created a new sub-genre you can add to the ever expanding list of global musical categories, and the best name I can come up for it is "Synth Doom". Imagine the heaviness and eastern-influenced riffs of Om, YOB, Zaum, etc mixed with space-rocky, sci-fi sounding synths backing it and you'll have a vague idea of what Holy Mount are like, to the best of my abilities of comparison anyways. Holy Mount have done a great job of using synths in a way that doesn't sound like a weird re-hash of 80s keytar cheese and throwing it together with doomy riffs- they've got some serious talent for knowing how to place things which is exactly what I think a mix between synths and heavy riffs needs. The bass remains heavy throughout the album with the synths coming and going, but usually remaining in the backdrop to some extent while minimalistic, but again well placed and done drumming clashes excellently with the light ethereal vocals of the album. This is a seriously good album that I really enjoyed listening to all the way through, every track is an awesome journey all its own and I highly recommend checking it out.

Tracklisting:
1. Goldenhorn
2. Nineteen Ninety and a Half
3. Alpic
4. My Sun
5. Behind Drip Hill
6. Eiger
7. Daydream Light

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