The Holy Mountain â€“ Bloodstains Across Your Face in Decline / 2004 No Idea / 16 Tracks / http://www.noidearecords.com / http://www.noidearecords.com/bands/releases/holymountain_blood.html / Reviewed 28 January 2005
The pedigree on The Holy Mountain is impressive, taking members from Combatwoundedveteran and The Blackout Terror, but is â€œBloodstains Across Your Faceâ€¦â€ any good? Well, the music contained on this disc is beyond brutal, reminiscent of eighties-style hardcore with more than a little metal mixed into the musical stew. As can be expected, tracks burn twice as brightly but only half as long, with the average track length being under two minutes. â€œFloridaâ€ shows Ponchâ€™s incredible range vocal-wise, as well as a brand of harmony that has yet to be seen on â€œBloodstainsâ€. However, â€œThe Living Dead & The Rogue Statesâ€ is a perfect example of a track that would be one of the hardest hitting and political if one could hear what the fuck the singer was screaming. The Holy Mountain does service its fans though and actually puts forward a lyric booklet, but the translation doesnâ€™t seem to affect quite as much when a person is reading them instead of hearing them. Where â€œItâ€™s not falling apart / Itâ€™s long fallen and goneâ€ may be the official tracks for the disc, fat lot of good it does me when I hear ROWWWWWWRRR ROWRRRRR. Where the band seems to be in the grey area as far as it comes to vocals, the strong guitar lines (Gorilla Teeth, especially) are a reason to get excited about The Holy Mountain.
The tracks all seem to be roughly hewn and sometimes intentionally containing errors (or maybe they had only three hours to capture all the tracks in a studio, Iâ€™m not really sure), and â€œPenis Jihadâ€ is a perfect example where a dropped guitar seems completely unintentional. â€œ1932â€ shows the spontaneous nature of The Holy Mountain: moving from an all-together punk track to a Megadeth/thrash metal solo, The Holy Mountain goes where it pleases and does what it wishes. Covering both Crass and Anti-Cimex during the disc, The Holy Mountain does not sit on their laurels and just do a straight-forward cover of both â€œBig Handsâ€ and â€œWar Machineâ€. Rather, The Holy Mountain mixes a proper portion of their own sound with the original track, a choice which works fairly well for them.
A Track like â€œA Milestone in Human Failureâ€ is the archetypal Holy Mountain track. With lyrics like â€œYou are a fucking joke. A million flags wonâ€™t change that. Thousands dead wonâ€™tâ€ crammed into one minute, The Holy Mountain are probably the best thing to hit No Idea since Against Me!
Top Tracks: Big Hands, A Milestone in Human Failure