Black Mountain - Destroyer
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #593 / 757
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2019 Ratings: #487
May 24, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
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Imagine a ridiculous Ed "Big Daddy" Roth creation with jutting fins, go-faster stripes, massive back tires scorching smoke, a triple-intake blower erupting through the hood, and an oversized eight-ball shifter sticking through the roof where some maniacal speed mutant tweaks with his tongue flapping in the breeze, blistering down the highway towards a knife fight between hair metal, punk and stoner rock. That is the feeling this album evokes.

Maybe, as they evolve into adults, they forget what having a license represents, and what the jolt of getting behind the wheel for the first time feels like. Destroyer captures the exuberance of that milestone with motley style.


Reinvigorated with a whole host of new members, the metal outfit prove there's plenty of life left in their road-trip rock.

While listening to Destroyer, I got the feeling that I travelled back in time, in a provincial museum full of trivial, hard-rock exhibits.
Even though they’re on their 5th album, Black Mountain still seem to be uncomfortable with their sound, constantly pushing forward. It’s sad too, because the sound they DO have is pretty radical.

Give A Listen To: “Future Shade”, “Horns Arising”, “High Rise”, “Pretty Little Lazies”, “Boogie Lover”, “Licensed To Drive”

Least Favorite Track: “FD 72”

Genre: Psychedelic Rock / Stoner Rock / Space ... read more
More of the same really, a slightly more '80s synth feel at times...could I accuse this album of playing it safe?

I think I could.
Canadian heavy-psych group's fifth studio album takes the familiar sounds of 70's psych with their own unique take that doesn't land nor sticks. There are moments where the instrumentation shine and burn but doesn't engage as it should be. I wonder how Dan Bejar feels about this.
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Track List

  1. Future Shade
  2. Horns Arising
  3. Closer to the Edge
  4. High Rise
  5. Pretty Little Lazies
  6. Boogie Lover
  7. Licensed to Drive
  8. Fd'72
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Added on: March 7, 2019