The mythical world and rock and roll are comfortable bedfellows, Led Zeppelin solidifying the relationship by inviting “Gollum and the evil one” into “Ramble On.” Through hazy, psychedelic riffing, Black Mountain continues this union of real and surreal on its third release In the Future, where demons dodge cascading guitars which gallop to the beat of cloven hooves. Amber Webber’s banshee wail continually emerges from the distance, circling, tense and foreboding, an anxious spirit cloaked in darkness.
Even at its most ethereal, In the Future constricts with anticipation. Harmony seeps from “Angles” like honey from the comb, spilling heavily to the ground, and smoke billows from “Tyrant” like souls ascending from a burnt out medieval village. “Evil Ways” encapsulates the sinister notions – both lyrically and musically – that threatened parents with the advent of heavy metal and the fear that weed and Satanism were locked behind their teen’s bedroom door.
Black Mountain is a messenger from a time that much of the rock world – save metal – turned their back on some time ago. And while In the Future’s Dungeons & Dragons’ imagery borders on generic, it still begs to be played loudly from a fiery 1978 Camero with t-tops and a chrome skull shifter knob
In the Future will be released on January 22 on Jagjaguwar.