Dust and Booze through the Rusty Paths of Blues!
Review by a new contributor, please welcome Matheus alias Mr. Nebula from Brazil ! He’s also working on the great blog Stoned Union Doomed, the Facebook page The Melting Stone and last but not least contributing to October Doom Magazine
There are some ways to deal with a hangover. Medicine. Taking some rest. Or just drinking more. In the hypothetical case of the Blues and the Heavy Rock being the drunkenness and harbinger of a hell of a hangover the great suggestion I would give is to listen to The Mountain Season’s debut album, increase the dose in the full glass and let the vibe of crossing the desert and the bayou on a Charger 70 hit you right in the face!
How is the sound ?
In this first act, the trio develops an incendiary and electric sonority based on Stoner Rock, Blues with psychedelic taste and some grungy elements. Pedro Caldara, singer and guitar player, delivers a bunch of high-quality performances with a great work with the six-string, offering a good amount of cool riffs and guitar deliriums. In addition, it features husky vocals that stay always interesting within its spectrum with some variations and nuances. Their comrades in the rhythm section help to enrich the sound and create a solid and vibrant sound unit exploring the possibilities of Blues associated with psychedelic and lysergic touches. The sum of these parts results in killer moments in the album.
Highlighting some of the main moments: “Lady Luck” carries a bluesy stoned verve plenty of style and pops up here and there with a few tones referring to Radio Moscow in the instrumental part.
“Getting Older” fairly efficiently bows to the 90’s rock and to the desert vibe, you can imagine yourself crossing Palm Desert in a Charger 70 eating a lot of dust towards a Generator Party.
“Modern Blues” is a straight dry and crusty stoner / blues. Without joking and without mincing words the track give us an amazing breath in the most direct vein of the stuff.
“Something on Mind” brings a little more measured rate, it’s a more dense and introspective bluesy rock but also with a deep and delicious toning in the appropriate moments.
And my last highlight and my favourite “Mountain Man” comes with an engaging dose of gravity and slow-pace, a hell of a cool stoner rock with a slightly grungy bias. But be sure: the other tracks don’t fail at any point and help the others to compose a great debut album, each with its own virtues.
The Mountain Season is a mature and well-developed debut that should appeal to several tastes!!
Why is this album worth listening ?
- It’s hands-shakin, foot-stompin and head-bangin in equal parts
- Raw bluesy rock’n’roll with an incendiary and honest vibe
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Drinking some (or a lot of!!) beers and just wanting to chill out…
- Crossin the road full speed ahead!
- Really… anytime!
Something Particular to Note ?
The amazing cover art!
For Fans Of
Five Horse Johnson, Radio Moscow, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden
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