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The Holy Mountain Enemies

1. Manufacturing Political Leverage MP3 2. The Will of the People 3. Penned In 4. Historical Reassurance 5. Rope or Bullet 6. Spilling Currency
2006 No Idea Records
Our score 8


Before I received the promotional copy of Enemies in the mail, The Holy Mountain was nothing more than a name I frequently came across in the used CD rack at a local record store. Man, I wish I had bucked up for that CD earlier, as THM purveys some of the most honest and raging hardcore you'll hear in 2006. Rooted in the grinding d-beat hardcore of His Hero is Gone and Discharge, and coated with the metallic fury of later Nasum, Enemies is 20-something minutes of unapologetic vitriol. But, in addition to just being "aggressive" and "furious" and "blistering," and all those other cliches that are plastered on every hardcore album, these songs are also eloquent and anthemic. "Manufacturing Political Leverage" blitzes the listener with a marching three chord attack that brings to mind the crusty malevolence of Bathory as much as it references HHIG. "The Will of the People" follows a similar route and seemingly disappears into a mist of soaring guitar squeals before the band resumes their attack for the song's final 30 seconds. "Rope or Bullet" and "Historical Reassurance," which feature a healthy Nasum influence, see the band performing maddeningly catchy crust with white knuckle aggression. Here we also hear the subtle brilliance of the lead guitar. While not displaying any virtuosity or innovation, the well placed and persistent harmonies which decorate these songs are a moving counterpoint to the aggression found on the surface. "Spilling Currency," the final song on the EP, is probably the most rhythmically challenging, while still being memorable and inviting. And, with its stutter stop vocal delivery, this song brings to mind Plastic Surgery Disasters era Dead Kennedys - that's never a bad thing. Bottom Line: There's not much else to say here. This formula may have been driven into the ground for some of you many years ago, but that's none of my concern. My job as a reviewer is to assess the quality of the album at hand, and I assure you that this is about as good as it gets for modern hardcore. Everything about this record captures what crusty, no-nonsense extreme music should be about. There are so many young bands trying to capture the apocalyptic aesthetic that THM have captured. If you're still in the market for hardcore that speaks to an era before the genre was mangled and rendered unrecognizable, then you need this EP.


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bradmann_ 6/3/2006 11:55:07 AM

new album???? siiick

sailor_ 6/3/2006 12:10:08 PM

not bad

crustlord_ 6/3/2006 1:28:50 PM

this has a black and white cover therefore its awesome.

Sean Loiselle_ 6/3/2006 1:52:42 PM

Also - this is the 12 inch version of this record. The CD version also contains the Wrath 7 inch - which is totally rad - and some live tracks which features Ponch's constant "We're The Holy Mountain" banter.

ronniefuckingdobbs_ 6/3/2006 3:56:19 PM

this band is f*cking awesome about as good as it gets coming out of FL these days. Good to see them getting the credit they deserve.

wlpg_ 6/3/2006 5:00:36 PM

awesome band

omgwhatacoolx_ 6/3/2006 6:24:25 PM

this shit is gooooooood.

hall_of_wax_ 6/3/2006 10:20:52 PM

this band good

sumballo_botrues_ 6/4/2006 11:39:01 AM

dig the f*ck out of this band.

united_ninety_three_ 6/4/2006 6:16:32 PM

i like the mp3. so far so good.

Vari_ 6/5/2006 2:24:37 PM

Such a f*cking awesome band.

Fur_Beach_ 6/5/2006 4:26:26 PM

This is the band of Ponch, the former frontman of CombatWoundedVeteran.

xtroyx_ 6/12/2006 12:23:26 PM

this is the best thing this band has done. go get it.

poop_poop_poop_ 6/13/2006 12:40:36 PM

i recommend this shit too