Loma Prieta
Dark Mountain


4.0
excellent

Review

by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2009 | 62 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Loma Prieta only takes 10 months to make an album that is in every way better than Last City.

Dark Mountain isn’t an album you can just forge an opinion on in one listen. On first listen for me, I was completely bored with the album, probably because I had such high expectations for it after their surprisingly amazing Last City. I say surprisingly amazing because before Last City, I was not really impressed with this band much at all. Most of their EPs before this, such as Our LP is your EP, was in a nutshell just a poor attempt at Ampere. The songs were jumpy and discordant, and the vocals were out of this world bad. Then out of nowhere, they release Last City, completely blowing everyone’s thought of whom they were and what they could do. Dark Mountain further expands on the progression that they started with Last City.

Dark Mountain begins with a brooding guitar line and jumps right into where they left off on Last City. The overall song writing of the band has improved since Last City, which is evident on the track “Vermillion River.” The song goes from a slow guitar line with constant drum fills looping to the song until about 40 seconds where the song picks up the speed and becomes a lot more straightforward. Along with the overall songwriting is the improvement of the guitar players, who still focus on playing Honeywell-esque riff-styled screamo, but there is bigger inclusion of cleaner guitars. With the bigger inclusion of cleaner guitar comes a more varied vocal style, and a creation of an album that sounds much more fuller due to their improved guitar work; and while the vocals have improved altogether (or maybe the production just makes them sound that much better), the cleaner guitar passages bring along more spoken word vocals.

The best example of this is the ending acoustic passage of “Carelessness” into the spoken word and clean guitar of arguably the best song on the album, “Ghost Shadow.” From starting out with a beautiful melody of overlapping guitar lines and spoken words to a crescendo up into a flurry of impressive drumming and screams of the spoken word passage. The spoken word passage showcases probably the biggest improvement from Last City to Dark Mountain, the lyrical content. After finding some of the lyrics from Last City, I must say it made me value the album less, they were just that awful. On Dark Mountain it is obvious that Loma Prieta has picked their game on the lyrics, and as a band altogether is creating more thought out songs.

Clocking in at 15 minutes long, it’s almost sad that the album is this short. Released only 10 months after Last City, it’s impressive to see such an improvement in the band in that short of time. At first I thought this album was just a watered-down Last City, but after giving it many more listens, the album really shines through and surpasses Last City as Loma Prieta’s best album to date. They have picked up their game on every aspect of the album and even if it’s 7 minutes shorter then Last City, it’s still a nice progression to see in such a short time. I really hope that Loma Prieta takes a little bit more time on their next full length though, for if the jump they made from Last City to Dark Mountain was this noticeable, then their next album could possibly be something out of this world.



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SnackaryBinx
October 22nd 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

no way

Gyromania
October 22nd 2009


15967 Comments


Good review. pos

marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2009


4848 Comments


Holy frik snackarybinx

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2009


17225 Comments


dudes rule.

kitsch
October 22nd 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

forgot that this came out this year. tis good.

Roach
October 22nd 2009


2148 Comments


xband rawksx

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2009


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

in every way pretty much equal to last city

P13
October 22nd 2009


1327 Comments


last city was better

Tits McGee
October 22nd 2009


1876 Comments


hey snacks

haven't checked this out, will now because I feel like it

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 22nd 2009


3742 Comments


didn't like lost city much, not really interested in this

snack is back tho

SnackaryBinx
October 22nd 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

they improve everything over Last City. I suggest you check this out.

devsol
October 23rd 2009


347 Comments


where you been dude

album is good, review is good

catsinflats
October 25th 2009


129 Comments


album is good, not sure if its better then last city though

NortherlyNanook
October 26th 2009


1285 Comments


whoa didnt notice this review

ive had this as a dig for a while and i dont know why but oh well it's really good

i probably like it more than it really deserves but i cant help it!

rasputin
October 26th 2009


14555 Comments


it's nice and short and good

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 28th 2009


4951 Comments


missed this

sniper
December 28th 2009


19080 Comments


i liked the vocals on last city better. these sound too layered and kinda muddled.

ov420
January 22nd 2010


300 Comments


pffft

sniper
January 22nd 2010


19080 Comments


psshhh

puma35
September 14th 2010


972 Comments


review is sick



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