Get ready to be bludgeoned by the over-powering RIFFS of Glasgow-based doom masters Holy Mountain, who undertake a short tour of the UK this month at the following dates:
16th - London - The Black Heart
17th - Wakefield - The Hop
19th - Manchester - Fallow Caf'
Masculine yet never macho, reverential yet never slavish, accomplished yet never ostentatious, galaxy shaking hard rock visionaries Holy Mountain return to Planet Earth for the release of magnum opus 'Ancient Astronauts' on Chemikal Underground Records.
Adding a pinch of Sun Ra attitude and a splash of Deep Purple flavoured keyboards to the trio's signature gumbo of Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Iron Monkey, 'Ancient Astronauts' is a quantum leap on from debut mini album 'Earth Measures', a six track manifesto recorded in just 17 hours.
Though constructed on similar principles overdub free rhythm tracks, "feel" taking priority over technique, wholehearted surrender to The Riff 'Ancient Astronauts' is more expansive in outlook, its scope multiplied hundredfold. The role played by sought after co-pilot Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, RM Hubbert et al) who recorded and produced 'Ancient Astronauts' suffuses the album's eight cuts, whether the Roland Space Chorus through which Andy McGlone's textural vocals are fed or the aural nirvana that is the monolithic slowdown three quarters of the way through Star Kings.
Perhaps his greatest achievement, though, is building a launchpad from which Holy Mountain can embark on their most ambitious mission yet. It's a challenge the band have met, mangled and torn to smithereens, creating a record that coruscates and compels, helped in no small part by their commitment to employing the finest hardware in the rock arsenal in search of the perfect tone and none too impressed by existing options, McGlone builds his own amplifiers and FX pedals from scratch. The electric guitar has never sounded this good. Behind him Pete Flett ploughs a furrow last occupied by John Bonham while Allan Stewart anchors the cosmic magick lest it cut loose and head towards the stratosphere.
Holy Mountain are based in Glasgow and are named after Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 drama La Montana Sagrada.
McGlone and Flett formed Holy Mountain in 2009 as an improvisational duo, drawing comparisons to Lightning Bolt. Stewart signed up two years later, shortly before the sessions for Earth Measures
Ancient Astronauts was recorded and mixed at Chem19Studios, Scotland, in 2013
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