Witch Mountain – “Mobile of Angels” (2014)

Label: Svart Records/Profound Lore Records

Review by Alessandra Cognetta

“Mobile of Angels” seems to follow a recent, much welcomed trend, where artist favour shorter tracklists but deliver longer, richer tracks. The music gives off strong doom vibes and voice and sound are well-mixed even though they are both really heavy. There is no feeling of “too much” as it unfortunately often happens when bands choose this path. Uta Plotkin’s voice is one of the highlights of an already inspired album and her presence will surely be missed.

The opening track, “Psycho Animundi”, sets a good tone with its progressions from calm moments to, literally, sound explosions. Another great display of Witch Mountain’s skills is “Your Corrupt Ways”, which alternates ominous choirs to blues and almost rock’n’roll-like passages, without shying away from pensive, emotional bits. “Mobile of Angels” is, instead a surprise, despite being the source of the album title. Drifting away from the style Witch Mountain has showcased so far, it can be deemed as their most experimental track but also, in a way, their “doomest”. Some of the words that come to mind, when listening for the first time, are “sci-fi” and “creepy”. This gem alone makes the whole album worth a try, regardless of genre or preferred style. “The Shape Truth Takes” concludes this comprehensive musical adventure with a well-built crescendo, ending this phase of Witch Mountain’s journey on a very high note. Witch Mountain has created something worthy for the genre and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

Rating – 80/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Psycho Animundi
  2. Can’t Settle
  3. Your Corrupt Ways (Sour The Hymn)
  4. Mobile of Angels
  5. The Shape Truth Takes

 

Line Up

  • Uta Plotkin – Vocals
  • Rob Wrong – Guitar
  • Charles Thomas – Bass Guitar
  • Nathan Carson – Percussion

 

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