Bleeding Mountains (Illumination)

Crank this to 10 of 11 - Editors' Pick

Released: 2019

Genre: Stoner Rock, Progressive Metal, Post Metal

Sounds Like: Appolonia, Red Scalp, JIRM

For a band to have two albums under their belt with an abundance of texture and original cloth is down right impressive. The trio from Stockholm Sweden have crafted something very special within the four tracks of Illumination. For one, they have cemented us as fans for as long as they continue to put out music. The expansive landscapes that come together with just the right balance of distant subtly distorted vocals and richly textured fretwork buttressed by some stabilizing baselines.

Opening track "Cold Nation" takes us through spiraling guitar melodies and staccato riffs with the muffled anguish within Zetterberg’s engrossing vocals. "Descenting-In This Life" progresses into floating energy but encapsulates much of the vibe of the opening track. Here we enter into an even more expansive landscape of contrast and energy. The closer "Gods We Used to Know" really strikes a chord for its heartfelt majestic chops and brilliant songwriting. The track morphs from high intense energy to a very psychedelic hazy positioning. The contrast on this track is mesmerizing.

Track Listing:

1. Cold Nation (Path of Struensee) (7:47)

2. Descenting- In This Life (9:07)

3. Hypersonic (1:29)

4. Gods We Used to Know (7:32)

Standout Track:

The closer "Gods We Used to Know" really pulls everything together and features the strongest contrast along with the heaviest moments. Zetterberg is phenomenal on this track.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

Illumination is blissful with the award winning cocktail ‘The Milkman’. Made with browned butter syrup and pineapple, the drink is served in a coupe glass with chilled Bacardi light rum. Take a gander at Difford’s Guide for more specifics. This is a dandy.


Captivation and Variety

9.8 out of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure

10.2 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

9.6 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

9.8 out of 11

Percussion Prowess

9.7 out of 11


10.2  out of 11

Overall Album Flow

10.0 out of 11


10.2 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

9.1 out of 11

Production Value

9.2 out of 11

Blood Mountains are:

Patrik Zetterberg- vocals and guitars

Erik Jervaeus - drums

Adam Mayer - Bass

Final Thoughts:

Throughout this album we experience synergistic moments where the vocal and guitar melodies actually blend to essentially bleed into almost a psychedelic shoegaze shadow. We hear all types of genres on this one where the heightened moments almost hit a psychedelic shoegaze post rock salad. To top things off this puppy is dirt cheap on BandCamp. We recommend you grab this one with no hesitation and throw a few bucks to Bleeding Mountains. We have to get these guys back in the studio for more and hopefully a US tour is on the horizon.

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