Artist: The Mountain King & Gate To Xibalba
Album: Split Album
Release Date: February 24th 2023
Genres: Doom, drone, dark ambient, experimental electronic, instrumental
Formats: Digital and CD
Label: Cursed Monk Records
Location: Mainz, Germany and Sweden
Price: 5€ Download / 12€ CD
Listen to and order the album below:
The Mountain King
The Mountain King
Cursed Monk Records
Message From The Artist
Song 1 written, performed and produced by The Mountain King:
Eric Mcqueen: Everything
Frank Grimbarth: additional guitars
Song 2 written, performed and produced by Gate to Xibalba:
Cover photo by Steffen Albrecht
Layout and mastering by Eric Mcqueen
- The Mountain King: Rational Descent (Further Down the Hadal) (19:52)
- Gate to Xibalba: The Esoteric Knowledge of The Stars (20:34)
More About the Album
Drone has always been a polarizing genre, garnering either love or hate from prospective listeners. It’s a style of music that requires one to embrace it fully and to give oneself over to it for the duration of the listening experience (which as we know tends to be on the extensive side).
For many people this is a challenging thing to do, as they don’t receive immediate gratification. Yet, if they stuck things out the rewards would be truly wonderful. The Mountain King and Gate To Xibalba have approached this album with that exact mindset of effort and reward.
This is an offering that requires a certain level of commitment from the listener, but if they are willing to give what is required of them then they will find a thing of true beauty.
Both tracks gradually unfold as they progress, with rich textures and tones washing over the listener. The hypnotic repetition that drone is known for strips the listener of any concept of time and they feel themselves lost in this music, not knowing when it began or when it will end.
The split operates as much in silence as it does in noise. It is no easy thing to make the absence of sound feel equally as impactful and moving as powerful notes and textures, but both projects have successfully achieved this feat.
Don’t miss the chance to be taken on this journey into the world of sound and textures by the joint efforts of two incredibly talented acts.