Artist: The Mountain King
Release Date: February 22nd 2022
Genres: Progressive Metal, Drone, Doom Metal, Black Metal
Formats: Digital and CD
Label: Cursed Monk Records
Location: Mainz, Germany
Length: 55 mins
Price: 7€ Download / 10€ CD
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The Mountain King
Cursed Monk Records
Message From The Artist
Eric Mcqueen – Guitars, vocals, lyrics
Frank Grimbarth – Guitars
Jack Cradock – Special guest on bass
Mixing and mastering: Jan Grimm Mastering
Recording and programming: Eric McQueen
Cover photo – Jane Cave Photography
- I Bongnob (5:51)
- II in girum imus noctem aram et consumimur igni (4:54)
- III Wollow (6:26)
- IV Sophos (5:35)
- V DNA Sand (5:25)
- sohpoS VI (5:35)
- wolloW III (6:26)
- ingi rumimusnoc te mara metcon sumi murig ni II (4:54)
- bongnoB I (5:55)
More About the Album
Many bands and artists claim that their music is ambitious or innovative, however the Mount King is always able to back this claim up. Their latest release WolloW takes this to a whole new level.
Half of the album’s tracks run backwards in order the explore the concept of time. This isn’t just a gimmick to stand out, as each and every track (even the backwards ones) still sound fantastic. It is no easy feat to create music that sounds this good when played in reverse. In fact, if nothing else, this stands as a testament to the band’s level of skill in both songwriting and musicianship.
While these experimental tracks sound fantastic it is apparent that the songs are playing in reverse due to the completely unique sound and essence that they have. Until you listen to them you won’t be able to understand what is meant by that. When you hear them mixed in with regular songs the difference becomes stark. This is a release that needs to be experienced in full to be understood, however each track also stands on its own two feet.
As always, the release blurs the lines of genre and style and traverses the realms of stoner doom, avantgarde metal, post rock, drone, shoegaze and black metal. Thanks to the impressive song writing this fusion never feels forced or disjointed and flows extremely naturally.
Prepare yourself for yet another mind-bending journey that pushes the boundaries of progressive/experimental music from one of the boldest artists currently active in the scene.