Saturday 3 June 2017

Container - Mountains Of Gaia (Album Review)

Release date: March 26 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl

Mountains Of Gaia – Tracklisting

1.Circus 05:50
2.Backstabber 03:48
3.Damage Control 03:33
4.Challenger 08:14
5.Spin off 03:57
6.White Parade 03:08
7.Milestone 05:12
8.Mountains of Gaia 08:37

Band Members:

Daan - Vocals,
Boudewijn – Bass
Rutger – Guitar
Hayo – Guitar
Erwin - Drums


Container are a 5 piece Garage/Stoner Rock band from The Netherlands. The band have just released their debut album – Mountains of Gaia. I'm gonna be honest, it took me a long time to warm up to this album. The album didn't speak to me until about the 3rd or 4th listen. I don't know what it was. Maybe I was having a rough day or I needed more time to become accustomed with their Stoner/Garage Rock sound.

Now I think that Mountains Of Gaia is a hugely entertaining album that oozes style and confidence.

Opening track – Circus – opens the album with a glorious blend of Stoner and Garage Rock with a theatrical outlook on things. Sounding like the bastard offspring of The Stooges, MC5 and the familiar classic Stoner Rock bands, Container are at least trying to do something different with their music. This is Stoner Rock that pays homage to the legendary 60s/70s Garage Rock scene but one that does it with style and hint of originality at times.

Second track – Backstabber – sees Container go into Alice Cooper territory with the song focusing more on legendary garage shock rock tactics. It's a cool way to deliver a Stoner Rock song especially with the not-so-subtle lyrics. The band will make you feel right at home in their demented musical madhouse.

Third track – Damage Control – has more of a garage punk feel with socially aware sounding lyrics. Container venture into more psychedelic territory with the riffs exploding into sonic waves of garage rock style madness. The heavy bass lines instantly draw you in with lead vocalist – Daan – relishing his psychotic and demented showman role with devilish confidence.

Fourth track – Challenger – was an unexpected surprise as Container open the song with chilled out Desert/Stoner Rock grooves that are played at a slow pace. It's a different mood compared to the manic riffs they created on the earlier tracks. Though you can feel a storm is brewing with subtle soundclips creating an unsettling atmosphere. Kyuss-style heavy guitars appear and Container become a modern sounding Stoner Metal band. It's a stark contrast to the albums earlier tracks and I applaud Container for trying something different.

Other songs that Container impress with are: Spin Off, White Parade and the excellent title track – Mountains Of Gaia. Container impress the most on their two epic tracks – Cliffhanger and Mountains Of Gaia. Both of these songs last around 8 mins each. This allows the band to create and fully explore their Psychedelic, Garage and Stoner Rock sounds. The band even find time to dabble in the world of Post-Rock at times.

Mountains Of Gaia doesn't have the most exciting album cover but appearances can be deceiving as this album is packed full of surprises. The only complaint I have is the production is rather flat at times. Sometimes the album can lose focus because of this. It only happens a few times on the album. Don't let that put you off as this is an exciting album to immerse yourself with.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


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