Tuesday 7 April 2020

Smoke Mountain - Queen Of Sin (Album Review)

Release date: March 27th `2020. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Queen Of Sin – Tracklisting

1.Queen of Sin 05:14
2.The Master Serpent 03:38
3.Touch the Sun 04:29
4.Midnight Woman 04:43
5.I Walk Alone 04:39
6.Deathproof 04:05
7.Devil Woman 02:42
8.End of Days 04:58


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

Doom/Stoner Rockers – Smoke Mountain – bring their undeniable talent to the party with their excellent sounding new album Queen Of Sin. This doomed-out Power-Trio waste no time in bringing a heavy presence to the album with a thumping guitar tone creating on a gloomy and abstract atmosphere on the opening title track for Queen Of Sin.

The song is deceptively slow and it feels nothing much is happening for the first few moments but appearances can be deceiving with the band playing a heavy drowned out affair. The vocals from Sarah are the most prominent part of the song before the heavy Drums and Guitars from Brian and Lee offer great support for a 70s style of Fuzzed Out Stoner Metal with a dirty outlaw edge to it.

The album carries on this style of music on the next two songs – The Master Serpent and Touch The Sun – as the band play a more wicked style of music with even more delicious levels of Fuzz/Doom/Stoner Rock. The lyrics have quite a daring edge to them and the production whilst very raw has quite a classic vintage feel to it all.

The music on this album is played at a slow pace but there is still some exciting sounds that allows Smoke Mountain to fully expand the dark and daring Doom World they create on this album. Queen Of Sin sees a band trying to find their place in the world of Doom/Stoner Metal and not afraid of trying some highly refreshing ideas on the album Especially with the FUZZED OUT grooves that holds everything together on this record.

Songs such as Midnight Woman, I Walk Alone, Deathproof and End Of Days are the standout parts of the album with the band becoming more confident on the second part of the album. The raw sound of the album allows Smoke Mountain to take more creative risks with their music and the vocals on I Walk Alone are a genuine highlight with the song having a more eerie and dramatic feel.

If you’re expecting a straight-forward Doom/Stoner Metal album please think again. Queen Of Sin is a compelling journey that sees Smoke Mountain playing quite an original style of Doom/Stoner Metal with a kick-ass Street Level attitude to match.
Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo.

Queen Of Sin is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Argonauta Records now.