A horrible hack

The Holy Mountain


Year Released: 2005
Format: CD
Label: No Idea Records
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
From the off it sounds like the Holy Mountain are dead set on storming the crust punk tower, charging forth with some gruff, burly hardcore and sounding much like the larval stage between His Hero Is Gone and Tragedy. It’s dense, heavy and impeccably well-played, laden with the kind of twiddling melodies that should keep fans of the more tuneful end of this spectrum happy, if not those more inclined towards the raw brutality of Skitsystem et al. Rounding it off are some smart, well-written lyrics that come across as thoughtful and informed without being overbearing; boiling from the page to engulf the usual suspects (war, debt, religion…) with a righteous, eye-gouging zeal for justice and betterment that matches the ferocity of their music blow for pummelling blow.

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