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In the Future

Artist: Black Mountain
Members: Matt Camirand, Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Amber Webber, Joshua Wells
Release: 2008

Black Mountain - In the Future Review

I first heard of Black Mountain when looking for psychedelic rock and basically just some actual good new rock music. Despite being released 4 years ago as their sophmore album, In the Future also happens to be the best released by the band up to this point and is a prime example of good rock music that feels different from the rest that's out there.

It starts off with one of the best tracks of the album and one of the few decently well-known tracks of the group, Stormy High. Strong guitar riff, crashing drums - the combination gives off a nice psych, grungy hard rock starting from track one to the end. A seemingly quite track with Angels gives viewers a very short break when track three is a long 8 minute rocker, Tyrants. The best part is the beginning with the beat of the drum and guitar, but things quiet down and from there a nice high-low mix. Wucan a nice smooth psych-rock track with all sorts of effects, but mixed so well with the strong instrumental play that it sounds great.

One of the few quiet vocal tracks, Stay Free, still works well cause the vocals are actually good. The next track, Queens Will Play, the female vocalist Amber Webber really shines here, a nice rock voice but with an interesting "curl" on how she sings things, work's out quite well. Black Sabbath! Okay, so the next one Evil Ways, has been compared to Black Sabbath pretty much most times a review is written - I can see what they mean, but listening to the rest of the album while the song is different, every song here is - oh and more importantly, sounds great, nice hard rocking song. (with a psych-rock feeling)

Wild Wild is the only throwaway track and it's mainly due to length, but still sounds nice and still manages to get a blaring guitar near the end which segways into the very long and excellent, Bright Lights. If you can manage to listen past the first few minutes which consists of "Bright Lights" being repeated over and over, it's worth it. Though for my tastes, the guitar sounds and the Pink Floyd sounding electronics early on are awesome to set the mood. The mood stays gloomy until 4 minutes in the guitar and drums start in full force, turning the quiet trippy song into a head shaker. This is a really long song though, so Bright Lights turns back into a trippy song and back once more into a mixture of the two for the last few minutes. Easily the best "long" song I've heard from any modern rock band, it's not easy to do and it's done nearly perfectly here.

There isn't really anything that stands out hugely from In the Future, which is a good thing. There isn't a certain song that just stands 5 feet above the others, Bright Lights and Stormy High are certainly highlights but the rest of the album is only maybe a foot or less below. While the style of music doesn't "change" on this album, Black Mountain does a nice job of experimenting with different feel's - that way songs aren't the same. Psychedelic rock is the predominant feature of genere here, with hard rock being often mixed together in a way that is more common. However the type of psychedelic rock is much closer to a Pink Floyd, than a Black Angels which is a nice surprise. It helps set the mood of a lot of songs and to break up just what would be a hard rock album. For modern psychedelic rock music, this is often considered a small classic and it's hard not to see why - this album is nearly flawless and does everything it sets out to achieve, quite well. Well worth checking out for fans of the genre.

- charliepage

8.7


Songs

Angels3:07 4.0
Tyrants8:02 4.0
Wucan6:03 4.0
Stay Free4:29 4.0
Queens Will Play5:16 4.0
Evil Ways3:26 4.0
Wild Wind1:42 4.0
Bright Lights6:41 4.0
Night Walks3:56 4.0
Stormy High4:33 4.0
Angels3:07 4.0
Tyrants8:02 4.0
Wucan6:03 4.0
Stay Free4:29 4.0
Queens Will Play5:16 4.0
Evil Ways3:26 4.0
Wild Wind1:42 4.0
Bright Lights6:41 4.0
Night Walks3:56 4.0

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