Huge thanks to Steve Rodger for finding this gem!! This has been on repeat since I bought it and it keeps getting better each time through! North Carolina is becoming the mecca for cosmic space rock!
Favorite track: Magic Eye.
It's been a while since I bought a R.A.I.G release but there was no way I wasn't having this. Previously only available by buying the CD but now available as a download only. Behold the Mountain Of Judgement in all it's finery and dark majesty.
Favorite track: Magic Eye.
"The intro to the opening song 'Neptunes Reign' lays it all out, with sweeping nebulous synths soaring over crushing stoned sludge metal, the riffs huge and droning, the drummer bashing out slow-motion elephantine beats, the zoned-out vocals sung in a chant-like cadence. If it sounds like these guys are evoking a heavy Sleep vibe, you'd be correct. Much of this disc reminds me of early Sleep, and fans of the stoner metal gods will probably dig Mountain Of Judgement's take on this sound. This is much more spacey and acid-fried, though; while the pounding gooey lava-lamp metal grinds through massive Sabbathian depths, those synthesizers are way out in front, splattering the sludge with endless black hole drones, whooshing lift-off fx, and deep-space oscillations. These guys wear their love for classic 70's space rock proudly on their sleeves, particularly drawing from the music of Hawkwind and Ash Ra. Throughout the disc, the metal will often drift away and be replaced by long stretches of moody psychedelic jamming and swathes of pure fx freakery, and when the crushing Sab-riffage re-emerges, it's joined with soaring clean vocals (that can give this a classic heavy metal vibe) and some killer wailing psych-guitar freakouts. And the song 'Globule' is a standout, a crushing, surprisingly catchy chunk of space-pop-sludge. And much like how U.S. Christmas sometimes blends their Southern rock influences into their driving space rock, there's a bit of Southern booziness that can be heard in Mountain Of Judgement's sound, too. You can definitely hear it on the last track 'Magic Eye', where, for just a second, the band enters a zone where they sound remarkably like Electric Wiz covering something by Lynyrd Synyrd. Their hefty psych-doom owes a lot to their influences, but their combination of kosimiche freakout and narcotized doom is one of the better ones that I've heard. It's like hearing Sleep jamming with Dik Mik and Klaus Schulze, or Electric Wizard with the mysticism and space rock worship cranked to the max and the darkness turned down a bit, their controls set for some distant interstellar destiny instead of black oblivion. Recommended to fans of the aforementioned bands looking for their next fix of blasted drug-sludge." – by Adam Wright-Carmean at "Crucial Blast" web-store (USA)
released December 31, 2009
MOUNTAIN OF JUDGEMENT "Mountain Of Judgement" CD (jewel-case) is also available to purchase @ R.A.I.G. web-store (www.raig.ru/cot.asp) | $11.00 + shipping
MOUNTAIN OF JUDGEMENT on that album were:
Scott Cline - bass
Dave Easter - drums (tracks 7, 8)
Scott Isenhour (synthesizers)
Chad Davis (vox, guitar, synthesizer, drums (tracks 1-6)
Matt Johnson - synth (track 3)
Recorded and produced by Chad Davis between the years 2003-2009