Holy Mountain - Earth Measures
Holy Mountain - Earth Measures

Album Review

Album title
Earth Measures
Holy Mountain
Chemikal Underground
Release date
7 May

More info

Playing Mono with Happy Particles on 5 May and 'Vic Galloway Presents' at Electric Circus alongside Fat Goth and A Fight You Can't Win. www.chemikal.co.uk/artists/holy-mountain/

Holy Mountain – Earth Measures

4/5 stars
Album review by Timothy McQuillian.
Published 26 April 2012

A welcome addition to Scotland's heavy rock landscape, Earth Measures' six tracks begin as short, snappy and barbed stabs at punk rock, before evolving into longer, sprawling and increasingly psychedelic journeys. By the midway point, somewhere in the thick of fan favourite Swifty Fuckwit, the mood completely transforms into fuzz-faced bass-heavy ecstasy. The album's doomy closer, Silent Hawk, arrives like the crowning soundtrack to an inebriated night in a sweaty dive.

Significantly, the core duo of McGlone and Flett (now a three-piece, with the inclusion of Desalvo and Idlewild's Allan Stewart on bass) were among the first creative forces in Glasgow's accidental 'noize' scene of recent years (a non-exhaustive list encompassing such varied and confrontational bands as Divorce, United Fruit and Hey Enemy). Yet recordings from Holy Mountain surface infrequently (thus far they've released one tour EP in the last three years). A hazardous guess would be that it's difficult to neatly harness their on stage adrenaline, but Earth Measures makes a sterling attempt. Crank it to full bore.