Supposedly breaking up a few years ago, The Holy Mountain left a legacy of some very crushing and crucial Motorhead-esque D-beat punk rock. Well, nothing stays dead for long, because they guys are back with new album on punk-as-fuck label No Idea and a renewed sense of purpose. The band has not lost one single step, and in some ways have added a few interesting twists and turns to their sound. Which is a very good thing — sometimes in this subgenre the music can get a little “same-y,” but luckily for The Holy Mountain they manage to keep the punk flame burning while putting themselves a little bit ahead of the Pabst drinking, basement show-going pack. Longtime fans and newbies should rejoice and at this newest record.
For example, the beginning of “Possession” cuts a mean southern metal groove before speeding up and going for the throat. “Suicide” features some rocktastic ’70s wah-pedal solo action in the middle of it. “We Must Kill” starts in standard furious mode before hitting a mid-paced breakdown in the middle and some more solo action. In fact, this record is filled with a lot of cool and very ripping mini-solos that give this brew a little extra flavor. It really makes the record stand out.
So mark this down as a favorable comeback. Now get back down in the basement and finish your Pabst!
(No Idea Records, PO Box 14636, Gainesville, FL 23604-4636)