11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mount Carmel are a power trio from Columbus, Ohio, that remain true to the beauty of late-‘60s/early-‘70s hard rock. No gimmicks, no nonsense: just the humbling results of three musicians playing in a room with a love for what they do. Comparisons to Cream, Humble Pie, The James Gang, and Grand Funk Railroad are fair enough, if hardly accurate in the true spirit of what’s happening here. Unlike most newer bands that attempt this music and tend to exaggerate the trademarks (until the singer is over-shrieking, the drummer is over-pounding, and the bassist is pulling strings), Mount Carmel play without irony. Sure, they love to play hard and take their solos where they can. (“Bridge to Nowhere” is a minute-and-a-half instrumental jam.) But the songs—“No Pot to P*ss,” “Swallow Me Up”—are all well-composed, and nothing dares go past the five-minute mark.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mount Carmel are a power trio from Columbus, Ohio, that remain true to the beauty of late-‘60s/early-‘70s hard rock. No gimmicks, no nonsense: just the humbling results of three musicians playing in a room with a love for what they do. Comparisons to Cream, Humble Pie, The James Gang, and Grand Funk Railroad are fair enough, if hardly accurate in the true spirit of what’s happening here. Unlike most newer bands that attempt this music and tend to exaggerate the trademarks (until the singer is over-shrieking, the drummer is over-pounding, and the bassist is pulling strings), Mount Carmel play without irony. Sure, they love to play hard and take their solos where they can. (“Bridge to Nowhere” is a minute-and-a-half instrumental jam.) But the songs—“No Pot to P*ss,” “Swallow Me Up”—are all well-composed, and nothing dares go past the five-minute mark.

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