Posts Tagged ‘Mountains Crave’

Now I have been waiting a long time for this. I first came across Mountains Crave a few years ago with their track ‘The Violet Hour’, and have slavered in hope that a full length would eventually appear. And here it is, the enigmatically titled ‘As We Were When We Were Not’, coming out on Avantgarde Music in May. Something bleak and black for the coming spring!

Opener ‘Ynisvitrin’ opens with ritualistic whispering before a cold, bleak black metal riff takes us far from our safe, warm place. Bleak, depressing black metal is the name of the game here, with hypnotic melodies soaring above a frozen waste. Far more melodic than it has any right to be, Mountains Crave have injected a vastness and a glorious atmosphere here. The ethereal delights of ‘Clear Light of the Void’ sounds like if Isis had made black metal instead of post metal. It is expansive, melodic and yet intensely grim in parts.

The grasp of dynamic shifts in pacing, volume and ferocity here is staggering. Effortlessly darting between blasting torrents of ferocious black metal and delicate, contemplative acoustics, Mountains Crave have designed and crafted one of the most starkly beautiful records I’ve come across in years. The shimmering open to ‘O Arise Magnificent Sun’ is breathtaking, as is the soaring keyboards. If for whatever reason you are sleeping on this band or this record, then wake up now, because these guys could be the next Wolves in the Throne Room. A stunning record.


Mountains Crave are a band I heard a few months back, and have been eagerly awaiting a full length release since I first heard them. They’ve got their debut release available here on No Fun Intended Records bandcamp page, and it’s just too late to get on my favourite demos of 2014, as I haven’t had enough time to fully digest it, but it. Is. Great.

First of all, the artwork is stunning. I bought a patch off the band a while back, and I’ve always thought the logo looked good, but the record cover is a beautiful monochromatic image. It’s similar to ‘In the Nightside Eclipse’ for the intricacy and the fact you always see something new when you look at it. The record starts with a soothing, ambient intro called ‘Watcher by the Threshold’, which also throbs with an underlying menace, a vibe of uneasiness as it builds towards a crescendo. First track proper, ‘These Spirits Listen’, I’ve heard before, but only as a live version. The recorded version contains all the masterful sense of evil but the dynamics are clearer and more spacious. The song breathes, and is a rousing slice of combative black metal.

‘The Violet Hour’ is a slower, suffocating piece, building the atmosphere from the start with its measured intro. The addition of some violin work nearer the end of the track adds that little bit of something special. ‘City of the Immortals’ is the track Mountains Crave previewed their EP with on Facebook, and you can tell why. It is a strong black metal track, relentless in its assault but also possessed of some excellent song writing. Mountains Cave have maturity beyond a simple demo band. Their music is fluid, dynamic and interesting. Thank Thor for some interesting black metal that doesn’t rely on the simple buzzsaw and actually tries to be something more.

Closing with the titan ‘River, Breeze, Soil and Flame’, which opens with gorgeous acoustics and soft violin work, was a stroke of genius. It then expands into a vast odyssey of soaring black metal replete with raw vocals that enhance the surrounding beauty. Black metal like this is the spirit of the mountains, of the forests and of the North. Watch Mountains Crave, I see them being huge in a year or two. Buy the SHIT out of this release!

Recommended by my friends in Slaughter Throne, Mountains Crave are a black metal band from Leeds. They only have two songs available on their Bandcamp for listening, but both are epic pieces of windswept black metal greatness. ‘These Spirits Listen’ from a live demo is cavernous, rattling evil. Sounding like it is emanating from Shelob’s lair, ‘These Spirits Listen’ is a dense piece of dark, depressive black metal fury. ‘The Violet Hour’, taken from an upcoming three track demo, is similarly raw and suffocating. It has a more mournful vibe; a slower and more measured intro layers on the atmosphere, and it is very depressive. These guys surely have a bright future, if what they have available is anything to go by. Hail death!