Saturday, 27 May 2017

Smoke Mountain - S/T (EP Review)

Release date: May 01st 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Smoke Mountain – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Demon 04:36
2.Violent Night 05:22
3.Smoke Mountain 06:24


Brian Pitt - Drums
Lee Pitt - Guitar
Sarah Pitt - Vocals


Florida Doom/Stoner Rockers – Smoke Mountain – arrive with a highly confident debut EP. The EP flows naturally with Doom orientated Stoner riffs with Sarah's vocals added a more earthly feel. Sure you've heard this style of Doom/Stoner Metal a hundred times before but that doesn't stop it being a highly energetic slice of Doom/Stoner Metal.

Opening track – Demon – has a cool Blues Rock/Fuzz based feel even if on the slightly demonic side. Sarah proves she's not meant to be messed around with judging by the spiky and tongue in cheek lyrics fused into the song. You can hear shades of classic Black Sabbath guitar riffs lurking in the background and it's good to hear Smoke Mountain opting for a more classic Doom Metal sound.

Second track – Violent Night – carries on the demented and violent Doom Metal sound with delicious strands of violent fuzz making their appearance known. Smoke Mountain excel in creating nightmarish classic sounds. Sarah once again excels singing dark tales of despair and madness with a hypnotic addictive edge. The instrumental work is good for the most part with Brian and Lee making their presence known with heavy riffs from the start.

Third track – Smoke Mountain – is the standout song on the album where the band showing their most ruthless and creative streak. The song has a more distorted and lo-fi sound but it works in the bands favour as they slowly build up the tension by creating a classic doom and gloom atmosphere. Sarah's vocals are spooky and demented yet again with the harsh lyrics that will leave you looking over your shoulder.

Smoke Mountain's debut EP is a thrilling encounter of modern Doom/Stoner Metal that pays tribute to the classic bands that came before them. I hope Smoke Mountain have a more longer EP or full length album in the works as I definitely want to hear more.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


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