January 25, 2008

black mountain - angels

black mountain's latest, in the future, is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the prog-metal revivalists; heavy, drawn out, blues-based jams inspired by black sabbath & the like, presumably recorded (& probably best experienced) in a smokey haze...& that's by no means a bad thing...but whereas the band's 2005 self-titled debut had me hitting repeat after almost every track, it's kind of hard to even recognize when one song ends & another begins this time around...while most of the album expands on ideas touched upon in the debut ("stormy high" is almost a complete, albeit exhilarating, retread of "don't run our hearts around"), the track that seems to stand out most is the one i wasn't really looking for..."angels" finds the band pulling back quite a bit & carrying, what pitchfork aptly put, a "tom petty-esque swagger"...it's pretty laid back & is almost immediately overtaken once "tyrants" kicks in, but it's the one song on the album i find myself listening to over & over again...the album as a whole is still pretty great, but i guess i was just hoping to hit repeat a few more times.
unrelated: this is pretty cool..."if google had a black screen, taking into account the huge number of times this search engine is used, 750 megawatts/hour of energy per year would be saved...in recognition of this fact, google has created a black version of its search engine, called blackle, with the exact same functions as the white version, but with lower energy consumption"...check it out.

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