(By David ‘Sunshine’ LaMay, Staff Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
It’s a pleasant Sunday morning and the impulse is striking me for some musical blathering. With one interview waiting on response, another in formative stages, and a retro review in need of more digging, depth and history…
Still, I have the urge, but… I need something straightforward to satiate it. I have it… Mountaineer!
Other than being from Welland, Ontario, this brandy-new outfit has nothing, and I mean nothing, out there for information. That really fits the scenario though, as to talk about the band’s simultaneously released offerings is a no-bullshit affair. Yep, the meat falls right off the bone.
There’s no need to candy-coat anything or be clever when talking about these two self-releases, ‘As Righteous As Flawed – Volume I‘, and ‘Marbled Victory – Volume II‘ – which, along with same day issuing on July 24th, sound to have actually come from the same sessions. What you have here is pure Metallica ‘Puppets’ and ‘Justice’ worship (the latter being the more prominent influence), with a couple of twists.
What the band has done is cut away all the fat and missteps. No non-existent bass or rubbery drums, no fine ideas drawn out to monotony, and most obviously, no vocals. Razor riffs and harmonies fly all over the damned place. The drums punch and propel, and the bass, while not intensely defined, throbs and makes it presence well enough known.
If I was to nitpick, I might say there could be a wee bit more solo wankery going on, but I’m not at all inclined to go there. Every tune presented just flat-out rocks!
If you miss the days when James and Lars actually had their balls attached, and not safely stored in some corporate rock entities purse, grabbing up these two gems is just a given.
Seeing as they’re both offered for free, or with a ‘Name Your Price’ option for those of us who like to support such endeavors, there’s simply no excuse not to own these. Peace out.
Both releases are available on Bandcamp as digital stream or NYP download. You can listen to the streams above, as well as drop a few bucks on them to get the download, or stream free. Do give them a couple bucks for their efforts. Find them at the following Mountaineer release links:
- As Righteous As Flawed – Volume I Track List:
- 1. A Year of Sand
2. Heraldry Mistaken
4. As Righteous, As Flawed
5. The Dust Within Duty
6. From Parts Unknown
7. He That Will Be Spared
Marbled Victory – Volume II – Track List:
1. Marbled Victory
2. Prognosis Negative
4. Ekby Hensvik