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Monday, August 24, 2020

Mountain Tamer - Psychosis Ritual


This is a nifty one! Mountain Tamer are a truly excellent stoner group, embracing psychedelia, heavy riffs and a grungy sense of despair. The crushing versatility that they display on their thrilling new record Psychosis Ritual which drops in a few weeks on Heavy Psych Sounds shows just how talented these guys are. The production, courtesy of Salem's Bends Bobby Parker shines, the songwriting is explosive and the layers upon layers indicate just how much work these cats put into making this record the very best that it could be. 

Psychosis Ritual makes for a bit of a sonic journey. There are a lot of weird ideas here and the overall approach is one of a band who seem determined to take you on their weird acid trip. The reverbed out vocals on a track like the hard driving 'Warlock' really help to give things a sense of the delightfully weird. When the band really leans into the heaviness of what they are doing faces get melted. The sheer hate they can spit, even after the more gentle psychedelic sections is impressive .Theres a nice breadth of emotions here, something you don't often find on the more psychedelic end of the stoner rock spectrum. As a general rule this is a record that encourages you to take the journey and get lost in what they are doing. It's dynamic listening for the acid age. 

There's a lot to love about Psychosis Ritual. While at times it certainly feels like the fat could be trimmed, as a general rule, the vibes are excellent and the songwriting delicious. There are a lot of nifty layers here and the bands execution is great - this is definitely a big step forward for them. I'd be curious to hear how things continue to evolve for this band who have spent so much time working to reach that next step, to grow their sound and to prove once more that they are among the truly great bands in the heavy psych underground. 

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