Black Mountain have made a name for themselves with progressive rock that calls back to the classic sounds of decades gone by with some modern indie aesthetics. On the first single from their upcoming album Destroyer, they veer toward classic '70s metal. Listen to "Future Shade" above and check out the accompanying visualization from Arjan Miranda.
"Future Shade" is sure to please fans of classic rock, with its big guitar riffs, explosive drum fills, and intricate melodies woven into an epic stew. Frontman Stephen McBean shared some insight about the songwriting process in a press release, "The riff travelled around the world then hit the bong with a chorus a year and a half later. A last attempt at double frosting produced a chorus on chorus death match. Anxiety is the new heavy metal."
The same press release revealed the inspirations for the album, ranging from muscle cars to the Los Angeles punk and metal scenes of 35+ years ago:
Destroyer, named after the discontinued single-run 1985 Dodge Destroyer muscle car, is structured around the feeling of driving a hot rod. The album exists in the middle of the early-to-mid 80s Los Angeles war between punk and hair metal - it's exhilarating, spirited, and dangerous.
Interestingly enough, McBean only got a drivers license for the first time a couple years ago while in his late 40s.
Black Mountain's new sound is explained in part by a new cast of musicians. Longtime Jeremy Schmidt is still on board, with new members Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) and Adam Bulgasem (Dommengang & Soft Kill) plus past collaborators Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips), Kid Millions (Oneida) and John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans).
Crank it up and enjoy!
The Destroyer album is due out on May 24. Pick it up on the band's web store.
For more Black Mountain, check out their Zumic artist page.