The Mountain King’s brand new album »WolloW« released now via Cursed Monk Records
Mainz, Germany based progressive/drone/doom/black two-piece The Mountain King has just released their brand new album »WolloW« this Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 via Cursed Monk Records.
01. I Bongnob
02. II in girum imus noctem aram et consumimur igni
03. III Wollow
04. IV Sophos
05. V DNA Sand
06. Sohpos VI
07. Wollow III
08. Ingi rumimusnoc te mara metcon sumi murig ni II
09. Bongnob I
Mixed by Eric McQueen.
Mastered by Jan Grimm Mastering.
Cover photo by Jane Cave Photography.
Layout by Eric McQueen.
Says the band: “It’s 22022022 which means we release »WolloW« on this day.
You can listen, stream, order, and download it in our link section, please note that we prefer Bandcamp before any other streaming services.
The 1st CD edition, limited to 50 CDs is available on our Bandcamp and via Cursed Monk Records.
Huge thanks go out to Jack Cradock who you will hear as the mighty bass on this record. Without him this album wouldn’t be as unique as it is now for he played many parts with a palindromic mindset fully immersed in the creative process.
Also big up to Jan Grimm Mastering for creating this awesome sound and putting much effort into the backwards songs and handling them as what they are: Their own listening experience.
Also a stellar Thank You to Jane Cave who provided us with the cover, a truly atmospheric picture perfect for this album, please check out her great photography skills!
And last but not least thanks to you with a request to stay open minded like you are for this, for our kind of music. In fast times like these, it is not always easy to listen to an album more than once. But we make music for you, who are not satisfied with a system of monetizing art for war, that’s running next to every day work.
Thank you for letting music take so much space in your life and remember, social media is an artificial construct that emulates your view out of the window. While you think this post will find it’s way to all listeners who waited for the album, the algorithm will suppress it until we pay to reach our listeners.
We count on you and beg you to share our music as you did before there was social media at all. Download it, burn it, share it, give it to your friends, we don’t care as long as the music underground keeps on thriving and you recommend others what you love!
Eric & Frank
The Mountain King”
Courtesy of Cave Dweller Productions:
»WolloW« is a genre defying release spanning everything from progressive doom metal to black metal and drone. It is a mind-bending journey that explores the concept of time through the comparative use of a mix of regular and reversed tracks. This is yet another stellar offering from one of the boldest artists currently active in the progressive doom metal scene.
Order your copy here: themountainking.bandcamp.com
»WolloW« is about how we perceive time and musically about time’s relativity. While half of the tracks will run backwards still maintaining the albums flow, we must ask ourselves: Is the perception of time just a tailored suit that we wear? Because how we perceive will change our reality. This could mean your actions are flowing backwards during the listening session.
The album connects different genres like stoner doom, avantgarde metal, post rock, drone, shoegaze and black metal but is not bound to either of those.
It’s been the bands premise from the beginning to create a new experience with every release, so this will be the next chapter of mind-bending atmospheric music.
Many bands and artists claim that their music is ambitious or innovative, however the Mount King is always able to back this claim up. Their latest release WolloW takes this to a whole new level.
Half of the album’s tracks run backwards in order the explore the concept of time. This isn’t just a gimmick to stand out, as each and every track (even the backwards ones) still sound fantastic. It is no easy feat to create music that sounds this good when played in reverse. In fact, if nothing else, this stands as a testament to the band’s level of skill in both songwriting and musicianship.
While these experimental tracks sound fantastic it is apparent that the songs are playing in reverse due to the completely unique sound and essence that they have. Until you listen to them you won’t be able to understand what is meant by that. When you hear them mixed in with regular songs the difference becomes stark. This is a release that needs to be experienced in full to be understood, however each track also stands on its own two feet.
As always, the release blurs the lines of genre and style and traverses the realms of stoner doom, avant-garde metal, post-rock, drone, shoegaze and black metal. Thanks to the impressive song writing this fusion never feels forced or disjointed and flows extremely naturally.
Prepare yourself for yet another mind-bending journey that pushes the boundaries of progressive/experimental music from one of the boldest artists currently active in the scene.
The Mountain King is:
Eric McQueen – Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics, Programming
Frank Grimbarth – Guitars
Jack Cradock – Bass
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well