I have to admit, I was not expecting much from Cold Blue Mountain. The band’s name brought to mind images of a beer commercial with a country theme, and the album art well… it also made me think country. So, even though the description of the album was doom/sludge metal, I was in fact expecting some sort of countrified rock through a metal lens, or something like that.
However this was obviously not the case and Cold Blue Mountain fell victim to not judging a book (or album) by its cover, or name for that matter. Instead of country, the band’s self titled album is most definitely sludge (in the vein of Rwake) with a few nods to early Baroness and at times even 90s-era alternative metal.
Oftentimes the riffs on this album completely kill and will certainly have sludge metal fans banging their heads with enthusiasm – while also not being too sludgy that non genre fans won’t like ’em either. Overall, a solid debut from a new band that will hopefully make additional great albums in the future. Check them out on Bandcamp and then give the release a buy.
01. Branch Dividian Compound
02. Time Flies Like An Arrow
03. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
04. Dark Secret
05. MK Ultra
06. White North
07. Lone Pine
09. MK Outro.
Run Time: 29:14
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Check out the song “White North”