For decades, black metal has always been subjected to all sorts of experimentation to see how far the style can be pushed, and I’ve thankfully had good experience with these experiments as few have ever let me down. Today, that remains unchanged with this Leeds based group under the moniker of Mountains Crave not letting down for even a second. And, oh boy, does it deliver.
“As We Were When We Were Not” doesn’t just have a thought provoking title, but it also boasts having a sound the kind that you have to experience at least twice in order to really wrap your head around it. That’s an experience the likes of which you really gotta strive for as a band, and with this debut effort, it’s very clear Mountains Crave succeeded in reaching their goal with this record. We’re only given a scant six tracks with “As We Were When We Were Not”, but that’s quickly remedied by the sheer length of the full album as it stretches over 30 minutes to provide a real surreal trip of intensity, tranquility, and prime levels of musicianship that’s all but delicious to behold. Britain has always been known for its advancements in music for decades, and that tradition has continued with Mountains Crave who’s taken the reaches of black metal down a new, glorious path that has been forged out for years now, but only now has a band dove head first down that road. And it’s ever so sweet to witness.
This is just the sort of thing that has got to be heard to believe, and even though it’s not ridiculously innovative or mind-bending it’s still a marvel to hear. Mountains Crave really took things to a different level, and just witnessing the first two tracks of “As We Were When We Were Not” is applause worthy in the very least.
“As We Were When We Were Not” releases on May 13th via Avantgarde Music!
LISTEN to 2 advanced tracks on Bandcamp here.
LIKE Mountains Crave on Facebook here.