Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain - Wilderness HeartI bought this album of the strength of reviews likening Black Mountain to classic 70s bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. But sadly this one completely fails to live up to the hype.

Rather than take the essential essence of those great bands and update them for the 21st century, all it does is take a few superficial elements and waters them down with a large dollop of generic corporate “alternative” rock. You won’t find the vocal prowess of a Robert Plant or the late Ronnie Dio here, neither will you find guitar wizardry of a Page or a Blackmore. Indeed, a single half-arsed tuneless strum represents just about the only solo on the album.

The most exciting it gets is when it purloins the riff from Black Sabbath’s “Symptom of the Universe”, but even then it manages to lose the visceral fury of the original. The one saving grace amongst the dumbed-down Sabbath riffs and tuneless indie-rock is the acoustic ballad “Radiant Hearts” which the weak indie-style vocals can’t quite manage to ruin.

While I guess this album is OK for people who like this kind of thing, I find it sad that this sort of aural Polyfilla is being marketed to classic rock audiences at the expense of vastly better bands who are completely marginalised.

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4 Responses to Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart

  1. Chuk says:

    “aural Polyfilla” is a great phrase. (Not so great to listen to, though. That sucks.)

  2. Scott says:

    Sounds like it’s “Led Zeppelin for those who never heard Led Zeppelin.”


  3. Tim Hall says:

    Which begs the question of why so much “mainstream” guitar music is just a watered-down version of far better bands from 30 years ago.

    If you want classic rock updated for the 21st century you don’t have to look any further than Panic Room. But Black Mountain get all the hype…

  4. Tim Hall says:

    And if you want something in the spirit of Led Zeppelin, you want something like Black Country Communion. Listening to that album for the first time, and it’s awesome.