Lord Mountain Lord Mountain Review





UK’s 70’s progressive blues rockers
Wishbone Ash’s mix of folk, blues and hard rock, coloured by the twin harmonies of guitarists
Andy Powell and
Ted Turner, was a totally unique sound and groove that to this day has not come close to being replicated so when a band cite
Wishbone Ash’s name among the usual influences of
Sabbath,
Pentagram and
Judas Priest then that band are going to invite
Desert Psychlist’s interest.


Lord Mountain,
Jesse Swanson-guitars/vocals,
Sean Serrano-guitars,
Andy Chism-bass and
Pat Moore-drums, are not, by any stretch of the imagination,
Wishbone Ash sound-a-likes but do utilise a similar twin guitar harmonic attack that sees six-stringers
Swanson and
Serrano trading harmonic runs and solo’s over a backdrop of proto tinted doom rhythms all of which can be heard on the bands debut EP ”
Lord Mountain

First track ”
Fenrir“, is an ode to a monstrous wolf of
Norse legend and begins with a galloping
NWOBHM groove before shifting into a mid-paced dark
Sabbathian riff over which
Swanson‘s rich clean vocal tones are laid.
Swanson and
Serrano overlay
Chism and
Moore‘s solid and tight rhythmic thunder with a mix of differing guitar colouring that sees
Iommi like vibrato and bluesy pentatonics going head to head around the songs slightly proto-doom core.


Dying World” opens with
Andy Chism laying down a deliciously gnarly bass line that is then joined by drums and controlled guitar feedback before falling into an atmospheric doomy blues groove coated in a superb
Swanson vocal. Lyrically a tale of conflict and strife based around a loose anti-religious theme the song touches base in many places with
Black Sabbath’s
War Pigs” and could almost be considered a “sister” song to that iconic tome, differing only in that it’s theme of control and manipulation is taken from a viewpoint of religious control as opposed to political.


Under The Mountain” has an almost
Lord of The Rings lyrical quality with the songs main vocal refrain ”
the hammer strikes the stone” conjuring an image of
Tolkien‘s dwarves forging armoury in a deep stone mountain mine. The songs chugging proto/stoner doom groove is further enhanced by a scorching bluesy guitar solo that takes it to the fade.


Tomb Of The Eagle” closes the EP and is an instrumental piece that sees
Swanson and
Serrano once again trading off solo’s, harmonies, motifs and riffs over a slightly more upbeat rhythmic proto-metal groove, the two guitarists channelling, through their fret boards, not only the spirit of the aforementioned
Wishbone Ash but also the
Celtic tinted harmonies of
Thin Lizzy’s Robertson and
Gorham.


Lord Mountain” is a stunning debut EP crammed full to the rafters with all the things fans of the stoner, doom and psych scene would happily sell their souls for.

Check it out …..






UK’s 70’s progressive blues rockers
Wishbone Ash’s mix of folk, blues and hard rock, coloured by the twin harmonies of guitarists
Andy Powell and
Ted Turner, was a totally unique sound and groove that to this day has not come close to being replicated so when a band cite
Wishbone Ash’s name among the usual influences of
Sabbath,
Pentagram and
Judas Priest then that band are going to invite
Desert Psychlist’s interest.


Lord Mountain,
Jesse Swanson-guitars/vocals,
Sean Serrano-guitars,
Andy Chism-bass and
Pat Moore-drums, are not, by any stretch of the imagination,
Wishbone Ash sound-a-likes but do utilise a similar twin guitar harmonic attack that sees six-stringers
Swanson and
Serrano trading harmonic runs and solo’s over a backdrop of proto tinted doom rhythms all of which can be heard on the bands debut EP ”
Lord Mountain

First track ”
Fenrir“, is an ode to a monstrous wolf of
Norse legend and begins with a galloping
NWOBHM groove before shifting into a mid-paced dark
Sabbathian riff over which
Swanson‘s rich clean vocal tones are laid.
Swanson and
Serrano overlay
Chism and
Moore‘s solid and tight rhythmic thunder with a mix of differing guitar colouring that sees
Iommi like vibrato and bluesy pentatonics going head to head around the songs slightly proto-doom core.


Dying World” opens with
Andy Chism laying down a deliciously gnarly bass line that is then joined by drums and controlled guitar feedback before falling into an atmospheric doomy blues groove coated in a superb
Swanson vocal. Lyrically a tale of conflict and strife based around a loose anti-religious theme the song touches base in many places with
Black Sabbath’s
War Pigs” and could almost be considered a “sister” song to that iconic tome, differing only in that it’s theme of control and manipulation is taken from a viewpoint of religious control as opposed to political.


Under The Mountain” has an almost
Lord of The Rings lyrical quality with the songs main vocal refrain ”
the hammer strikes the stone” conjuring an image of
Tolkien‘s dwarves forging armoury in a deep stone mountain mine. The songs chugging proto/stoner doom groove is further enhanced by a scorching bluesy guitar solo that takes it to the fade.


Tomb Of The Eagle” closes the EP and is an instrumental piece that sees
Swanson and
Serrano once again trading off solo’s, harmonies, motifs and riffs over a slightly more upbeat rhythmic proto-metal groove, the two guitarists channelling, through their fret boards, not only the spirit of the aforementioned
Wishbone Ash but also the
Celtic tinted harmonies of
Thin Lizzy’s Robertson and
Gorham.


Lord Mountain” is a stunning debut EP crammed full to the rafters with all the things fans of the stoner, doom and psych scene would happily sell their souls for.

Check it out …..




UK’s 70’s progressive blues rockers
Wishbone Ash’s mix of folk, blues and hard rock, coloured by the twin harmonies of guitarists
Andy Powell and
Ted Turner, was a totally unique sound and groove that to this day has not come close to being replicated so when a band cite
Wishbone Ash’s name among the usual influences of
Sabbath,
Pentagram and
Judas Priest then that band are going to invite
Desert Psychlist’s interest.


Lord Mountain,
Jesse Swanson-guitars/vocals,
Sean Serrano-guitars,
Andy Chism-bass and
Pat Moore-drums, are not, by any stretch of the imagination,
Wishbone Ash sound-a-likes but do utilise a similar twin guitar harmonic attack that sees six-stringers
Swanson and
Serrano trading harmonic runs and solo’s over a backdrop of proto tinted doom rhythms all of which can be heard on the bands debut EP ”
Lord Mountain

First track ”
Fenrir“, is an ode to a monstrous wolf of
Norse legend and begins with a galloping
NWOBHM groove before shifting into a mid-paced dark
Sabbathian riff over which
Swanson‘s rich clean vocal tones are laid.
Swanson and
Serrano overlay
Chism and
Moore‘s solid and tight rhythmic thunder with a mix of differing guitar colouring that sees
Iommi like vibrato and bluesy pentatonics going head to head around the songs slightly proto-doom core.


Dying World” opens with
Andy Chism laying down a deliciously gnarly bass line that is then joined by drums and controlled guitar feedback before falling into an atmospheric doomy blues groove coated in a superb
Swanson vocal. Lyrically a tale of conflict and strife based around a loose anti-religious theme the song touches base in many places with
Black Sabbath’s
War Pigs” and could almost be considered a “sister” song to that iconic tome, differing only in that it’s theme of control and manipulation is taken from a viewpoint of religious control as opposed to political.


Under The Mountain” has an almost
Lord of The Rings lyrical quality with the songs main vocal refrain ”
the hammer strikes the stone” conjuring an image of
Tolkien‘s dwarves forging armoury in a deep stone mountain mine. The songs chugging proto/stoner doom groove is further enhanced by a scorching bluesy guitar solo that takes it to the fade.


Tomb Of The Eagle” closes the EP and is an instrumental piece that sees
Swanson and
Serrano once again trading off solo’s, harmonies, motifs and riffs over a slightly more upbeat rhythmic proto-metal groove, the two guitarists channelling, through their fret boards, not only the spirit of the aforementioned
Wishbone Ash but also the
Celtic tinted harmonies of
Thin Lizzy’s Robertson and
Gorham.


Lord Mountain” is a stunning debut EP crammed full to the rafters with all the things fans of the stoner, doom and psych scene would happily sell their souls for.

Check it out …..



UK’s 70’s progressive blues rockers
Wishbone Ash’s mix of folk, blues and hard rock, coloured by the twin harmonies of guitarists
Andy Powell and
Ted Turner, was a totally unique sound and groove that to this day has not come close to being replicated so when a band cite
Wishbone Ash’s name among the usual influences of
Sabbath,
Pentagram and
Judas Priest then that band are going to invite
Desert Psychlist’s interest.


Lord Mountain,
Jesse Swanson-guitars/vocals,
Sean Serrano-guitars,
Andy Chism-bass and
Pat Moore-drums, are not, by any stretch of the imagination,
Wishbone Ash sound-a-likes but do utilise a similar twin guitar harmonic attack that sees six-stringers
Swanson and
Serrano trading harmonic runs and solo’s over a backdrop of proto tinted doom rhythms all of which can be heard on the bands debut EP ”
Lord Mountain

First track ”
Fenrir“, is an ode to a monstrous wolf of
Norse legend and begins with a galloping
NWOBHM groove before shifting into a mid-paced dark
Sabbathian riff over which
Swanson‘s rich clean vocal tones are laid.
Swanson and
Serrano overlay
Chism and
Moore‘s solid and tight rhythmic thunder with a mix of differing guitar colouring that sees
Iommi like vibrato and bluesy pentatonics going head to head around the songs slightly proto-doom core.


Dying World” opens with
Andy Chism laying down a deliciously gnarly bass line that is then joined by drums and controlled guitar feedback before falling into an atmospheric doomy blues groove coated in a superb
Swanson vocal. Lyrically a tale of conflict and strife based around a loose anti-religious theme the song touches base in many places with
Black Sabbath’s
War Pigs” and could almost be considered a “sister” song to that iconic tome, differing only in that it’s theme of control and manipulation is taken from a viewpoint of religious control as opposed to political.


Under The Mountain” has an almost
Lord of The Rings lyrical quality with the songs main vocal refrain ”
the hammer strikes the stone” conjuring an image of
Tolkien‘s dwarves forging armoury in a deep stone mountain mine. The songs chugging proto/stoner doom groove is further enhanced by a scorching bluesy guitar solo that takes it to the fade.


Tomb Of The Eagle” closes the EP and is an instrumental piece that sees
Swanson and
Serrano once again trading off solo’s, harmonies, motifs and riffs over a slightly more upbeat rhythmic proto-metal groove, the two guitarists channelling, through their fret boards, not only the spirit of the aforementioned
Wishbone Ash but also the
Celtic tinted harmonies of
Thin Lizzy’s Robertson and
Gorham.


Lord Mountain” is a stunning debut EP crammed full to the rafters with all the things fans of the stoner, doom and psych scene would happily sell their souls for.

Check it out …..



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Dying WorldAndy ChismSwansonBlack Sabbath’sWar Pigs
Under The MountainLord of The Ringsthe hammer strikes the stoneTolkien
Tomb Of The EagleSwansonSerrano Wishbone AshCelticThin Lizzy’s RobertsonGorham


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Source: Desert Psychlist