Black Mountain - IV
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Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #524 / 947
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Based on 93 ratings
2016 Ratings: #281
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The Skinny

IV isn't Black Mountain's most ferocious album, but you might well find it their most profound.

The Line of Best Fit

Working with producer Randall Dunn again at the famed Avast! Studio in Seattle, Black Mountain have become more capable than ever of transmuting their kaleidoscopic visions into a volcanic unison.

NOW Magazine
Since the Vancouver-formed five-piece's inception in 2004, they've been on a mission to make psychedelic classic rock for a new generation, and their fourth album reveals the breadth of the genre.

IV often sounds majestically trippy but rarely noodly, and the clear, full-bodied audio producer Randall Dunn brings to these sessions is a perfect complement for the material. At their best, Black Mountain approach '70s rock with a 21st century mindset, and that's the sort of sound and feel that make IV so effective.


Black Mountain is a sturdy reminder that that music is still as vibrant and remarkable as it’s ever been and that there are great minds still capable of making meaningful music that can provide the listener with a transcendent experience and carry them out of the darkness and into the light.

Consequence of Sound

Just as Sabbath’s Vol. 4 was the band’s most interesting and exploratory work, Black Mountain’s IV is too a watermark for the band.

Where they once aspired to be your blood-pumping druganaut, Black Mountain now excel at the art of making you uncomfortably numb.
Under The Radar

IV is a compelling rocker—and among the best of the larger Black Mountain Army collective's releases.


Though not their best record, IV is nevertheless an excellent addition to the group's staggeringly consistent discography.

No Ripcord

IV is impeccably produced, one that tailors even the finest details with a delicate brush; even when it disappoints it’s still a joy to listen to since every instrument is mixed to perfection.

The Needle Drop
Black Mountain returns with a solid rock record that's equal parts heavy psych and sci-fi synth.
The Guardian
It all probably sounds immense and all-engulfing live, but it feels a little anticlimactic at home.
Drowned in Sound

Indeed, they can rock. But, inevitably, their writing here lacks the epic imagery and themes that cemented the rock gods into the canon, and thus doesn’t bewitch in the same way.


On IV they lose their essential focus, giving us plenty of style but rather less content.

Black Mountain return with a more subtle, settled-down version of the band they once were. That's not to say that the group isn't effective on IV, though. The unnusual blend of stoner-rock riffs with retro sci-fi synths produces an interesting sound that is quite successfully explored by them here, with as much rock strenght as formal experimentation. The result is a rather fun and accessible experience that shows a matured band that is willing to incorporate more weapons to their fare.
Um belo álbum, sem dúvida. Nunca fui muito chegado em classic-psychodelic rock, ou mesmo o hard rock do final dos anos 60 e início do 70, entretanto o som deste grupo é tão revitalizador, atual e inventivo que me encantou com muita facilidade. Começando com a incrível MOthers of The Sun, este disco traz psicodelia e elementos do rock progressivo, mas também pitadas de música eletrônica, com sintetizadores e teclados ... read more
From the sleeve to the title and back to the music, everything about this album is an ode to the hard rock of the 70's.
Huge, solid and impenetrable, it has already gained its right place in the time machine.
I've never been a fan of Black Mountain, but they really tried to do something different here.

This album is bad, and yet, it's their best record. 'Cemetery Breeding' is probably the band's best song, it's a pitty they buried it amidst so many normal songs.
Six years between two studio albums, Black Mountain has gone from pummeling hard hitting crunchy psych rock to and more melancholy, transcending tone. It poses for one of the most capitivating albums of the year and reminds you that music can take you on a journey.

Favorite tracks: Florian Saucer Attack, Defector, Line Them Up, Crucify Me, Space to Bakersfield
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Added on: January 13, 2016