Wind Of The Black Mountains

Sing Thou Unholy Servants

Wind Of The Black Mountains - Sing Thou Unholy Servants ©1998 Moribund Records
1. Forcefed Into Blasphemy
2. An Autumn Evening
3. Black Goat
4. Beautiful Sorrow
5. Adversary
6. The Rite Of Darkness
7. The Shadow
8. Thou Shall Not Mourn

Wind of the Black Mountains' Sing Thou Unholy Servants was something I picked up on a lark. The hilarious cover art and declarations of evil all over the liner notes were so over the top that I simply had to pick it up to see what the heck, er, hell it was all about. That, and the fact that it was in the discount bin. Wind of the Black Mountains apparently is a one man project from some chap in the United States and is meant to rival the most grim and grouchy of the Norwegian black metal class. Phrases like "Anti Christ Black Metal" and the invocation to Satan on the liner notes should pigeonhole where this guy would like to reside in the grand scheme of things. In fact, he even includes a picture of himself feigning sodomy with a less than attractive blonde woman near his drum set. Evidentally this further makes him evil and naughty. This might serve to prove his eliteness to the black metal underworld and cause great wails of laughter for everyone else. But hey, creating a cult image is very important in the black metal world, so you darned well better be more over the top than anyone else around or be called a Christian.

As for the music, Wind of the Black Mountains is a bit like Twin Peaks in that you come across a lot of beautiful and intriguing scenery yet you never quite know what's going on. Worse yet, neither may the individual responsible for the music. His musical abilities aren't too shabby; he can wield a classical guitar with the best of them and has a fair amount of compositional skill. This, of course, is interwoven with "look ma, I'm evil!" styled passages of ambient knuckle dragging, spooky sound effects (keep in mind I had a kitten named Spooky when I was a child, so that should give you an idea of how terrifying these sounds are), and of course distorted, low demonic voices. It's doubtful Satan actually showed up for a cameo, as there are many stuffed animals yet to snatch in the world. At other times, there is a definite Bathory tinged doom style that works relatively well. And occasionally the ambient passages amount to something impressive, such as "Adversary".

The biggest problem I have faced with this album is that it is simply too much bible stomping and not enough complete substance. Sure, black metal is all about giving Jesus Christ the "up yours" gesture, but when overdone, it's hokey and waters down the potential of the music. I really would like to enjoy this album but the guy responsible for its creation simply never shows enough restraint in cliched details.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2001

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