It is difficult to imagine many bands choosing to open an album with an eight and a half minute mini-epic, but this is precisely what the opening track, Mothers Of The Sun, is.  The first half of the song is subdued, built as it is around a single repeated tone, which leaves plenty of space for Amber Webber’s crystalline vocals,

which features a hint of fragility as she shapes the end of each line with a subtle vibrato, to enter.  Stephen McBean briefly lends his vocal delivery to this early section of the song, but his main contribution is reserved for delivering a big, dirty, 70’s classic rock guitar sound for the rock oriented second half.  That this is also a single clearly demonstrate that Black Mountain are more concerned with delivering quality sonic-art than merely shifting units.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 23rd March 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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