black mountain- wilderness heart (4/5)

Close your eyes and picture this: two dudes, like DUDE dudes – bearded, scruffy and wearing corduroy pants and cardigans. Dudes.

Dude #1: Dude, the new Black Mountain?

Dude #2: Wilderness Heart?

#1: Yeah man!

#2: Dude, shreds!

#1: Yeah man!

And so on. And Wilderness Heart shreds, those dudes aren’t wrong about that. But, it would be a terrible disservice to the depth and dynamics of this album to dismiss it as an album that ONLY shreds. Instead of simply being a metal record it is part prog, part pop, part metal and part gospel album. There is nothing simple about Black Mountain and therefore there is no simple generic definition for this band or this album.