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It’s skilfully written and crafted and definitely worth a look into.

Mount Carmel is a three-piece Rock band from Columbus, Ohio. ‘Get Pure’ is a heavy dose of head-rolling Blues that makes you feel like you have all the time in the world. For style, think early ZZ Top with dominant guitar riffs, fractured hooks and Bluesy rolling vocals.

‘Back On It’ is for those lazy summer afternoons and muggy dozy nights; the guitar is Grungy enough to be heavy while complimenting the rambling, laid-back vocals. ‘Swallow Me Up’ shows off the bass, rumbling and slapping through its own Blues-infused rhythm, creating a cross-section of beats and texture. Don’t get me wrong; there aren’t a host of memorable melodies or sing-along choruses but there’s something about this album that is infectious.

‘Bridge To Nowhere’ is a short and sweet instrumental track reminiscent of Cream with the rolling drum beat and whistling guitar work. Rarely do I enjoy an instrumental but this one is original and keeps you guessing. Gravel hits the vocals in ‘One More Morning’, the guitar tone moody and brooding into the solo, barely stopping for a second as we head into the higher register.

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There’s a surprising variety of tones and moods in this album, even while sticking to the same style. Take ‘Will I’, a texturally sparse, cruising track that is white linen to the previous track’s black gritted road. The music is beautifully laced with mood and it’s not long before we’re back to the heavy in ‘Fear Me Now’ and ‘Yeah You Mama’, with shorter hooks and faster rhythms.

You probably need a love of the off-beat for this album but it’s skilfully written and crafted and definitely worth a look into.

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