Mount Carmel is a fairly new 3-piece band who hail from the wonderful Columbus, Ohio. Almost exactly one month ago, their debut album, the self-titled “Mount Carmel”, was released by Siltbreeze Records, and ever since, it’s been stirring up quite a bit of excitement. Much of that excitement would be due to the albums raw, invigorating sound that brings people back to their days in the 60’s (or 70’s) of blues rock and when it was just beginning to make waves. With that being said, it sounds like this record was recorded straight out of the 70’s, which certainly gives it more of an authentic feel. Going by the Siltbreeze description of the album, chances are you’re going to hear “Peter Green-era Bluesbreakers, Cream and Ten Years After” in their sound (and they actually cover the song “Hear Me Callin” by Ten Years After). Fine by me! Bring it on!
The album kicks off on the track “Livin Like I Wanna”, and it won’t take long for you to figure out what direction this is going, especially if you read the paragraph above. Shortly into the song lead singer Matthew Reed joins in the mix, and it’s pretty much a done-deal after that. His howling vocals go a long way in giving these guys that 70’s rock sound, although most of that would be due to the instrumentation, but his vocals still play a major role in the sound. Not only are Reed’s vocals essential, but the guitar plays an even greater role. Throughout the entire record, the guitars have a beyond-satisfying raw and electrifying sound, complete with face-searing guitar solos and catchy, memorable hooks. Some of these earth-shattering guitar solos can be found in tracks like “Livin Like I Wanna”, “Still Listening”, “ZZ Breakers”, and pretty much all throughout the entire 40 minutes of the record. That’s no exaggeration either, every song has it’s moment – whether it’s the 3 minute drum attack or an onslaught of guitar solos and letting the good times roll – this album is bound to keep you listening. Why not find out for yourself and check out the songs below?!
Livin Like I Wanna –
Still Listening –
ZZ Breakers –
My Rating: 8/10
Genre/ Tags: Blues Rock, Psychedelic
Mount Carmel: Tracklist
1.) Livin Like I Wanna
2.) Still Listening
3.) ZZ Breakers
5.) Hear Me Callin (Ten Years After cover)
6.) I Work While You’re Sleeping
7.) Studio Jam