California doom band Lord Mountain present their debut long-player, The Oath.
Lord Mountain has been creating traditional doom in California since 2014. Their first EP (self-titled) came out two years after their founding and held four heavy tracks that left their growing fan base hoping for more. At last, the wait is over. The band is Jesse Swanson (guitar, vocals), Sean Serrano (guitar), Andy Chism (bass), and Pat Moore (drums).
There are seven primary tracks and an interstitial piece on the new album. The classic metal song “Well of Fates” gives us a nice introduction to the set. As the music goes on, it fills in, coloring the adventurous metal with shadows of doom. The vocals have a nostalgic 1980s feel to them, and alternating lead guitar opens the passage to the finish. “The Giant” is more confrontation than the opener, which had the feel of quest. Here there is a foe that must be addressed – the mesmerizing guitar is the perfect tool. “Beyond the Frozen Sea” is a short instrumental giblet, leading to “The Last Crossing,” a fast one that rambles hard for a time. Halfway through, the mood and tempo shift, becoming more reflective.
Side two begins with “Chasm of Time,” a radio song if I ever heard one. It is a punchy tune that is a good wake-up for the middle bit, especially since the remaining songs carry the essence of epic metal and doom, leaning heavily on fantasy ideals in musical themes and narrative characterizations. “The Sacrifice,” “Serpent Temple,” and “The Oath” – the final three songs – seem very much like a triplet to me, fitting perfectly together and displaying similar, and related, ideas. Traditional heavy metal fans who like dark fantasy elements with the colors of doom in their music will welcome the album. Recommended.
The Oath is out now through King Volume Records. Have a go at the links below.
King Volume Records, https://kingvolumerecords.bandcamp.com/
© Wayne Edwards