Black Mountain, Black Mountain

Amanda Petrusich

By Amanda Petrusich

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Despite unapologetically copping from the most well-worn touchstones of '70s rock — Led Zeppelin, the Velvet Underground and Black Sabbath, especially — Black Mountain, a Vancouver collective led by Jerk with a Bomb frontman Stephen McBeam, slip a healthy dose of perversity into their stomping riffs, amping up classic rock slams with chilling boy-girl harmonies and plenty of back-alley menace. The resulting record is darker, smaller and more ominous than anything by their arena heroes. Black Mountain is also terrifically diverse, simultaneously creepy and invigorating, packing everything from the squawking, anti-pop anthem "Modern Music" to the druggy, synth-riddled "No Hits" to the perfect sing-along kick of "No Satisfaction."