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Ranked: Thee Silver Mount Zion

genre: post rock/minimal classical/minimal classical drone. similar to GSYBE but stands alone with its own unique qualities and feels. contains violin[lots], piano, vox, bass, drums, guitar
1Thee Silver Mount Zion
Horses in the Sky

4.5 - Wow! This release is incredible and the interesting thing
is the incredible'ness may not be readily apparent as the album begins with the
vocalist singing full out in a kind of post-punk tone with a backing vocalist using a
delayed harmoning technique over slight tinge of a 'western' feel. It's all kind of
chaotic at first to say the least but everything begins to change around the 4
mark with a strong dynamic shift into a minimal atmosphere of delectable minimal
inducing flavors. This album mainly succeeds not only in the musical department but
also in the lyrical department. With outright sung sometimes spoken vocals this
upfront approach allows everything to be audible and decipherable because the
subjects touched on are very personal as the vocalist chants all the different
he lost friends to, and mainly touching on the big picture that these things are a
product of our system that we live in. You can feel the emotion in the vocal
and with the back instruments especially the violins, the emotions are taken even
further and everything manages to fit into a solid picture and its hard to turn your
head away from this musical display that is before you. "When the world is sick, can
no one be well". Even during repeated sections like this the building vocal layers
are perfect as well. In fact, the only thing that makes this album not perfect is the
few moments of minimalism that could have been taken further. The foundation at
moments are perfect but the lack of building on that foundation prevents my 5. A
personal album with endeavors to touch the heart and soul for a person looking for
honest music this is where you need to go.
2Thee Silver Mount Zion
He Has Left Us Alone...

4 - A great start to TSMZ's LP catalogue.
The intro skit dialogue is fantastic and well fitting with skits of this preacher
preaching a sermon from gospels about peace and security declared by the nations
being a sign of the times and the end of this system of things and how Jesus said
stay on the watch but its arranged in a cool way with overlapping violins. I'm not
sure if these guys are christians or not or if they're speaking against it, i really
couldn't tell but the after the skits we have building violins that just keep getting
deeper and deeper in emotions and yet they are inviting and somewhat catchy
remaining deeply filled with ethereal emotions. The interplay of violin and piano is
just perfect and you can tell with TSMZ's first LP release that they had a visionary
goal in mind with this release but the sheer attention and detail given to each
moment. On this album you will notice some strong GSYBE and even Maudlin of the
vibes[clean sections] in the latter half. This would be a 4.5 for me but the latter
does become a little complacent but its still very effective. Highly recommended.
3Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

4 - With TSMZ's newest released set
around early 2014 I now know there will be at least one excellent album for the
They continue to grow in their song-writing maturity and like some of their best
releases they continue to bring the 'feels' on this montrous display of fun. Yes, I
said fun. I don't think I've ever heard TSMZ so playful and fun without sacrifices
what makes them great, which is the ability to deliver thought-provoking visionary
music. There's a good use of dynamics throughout the album which in a way,
effectively combines almost everything they've done up to this point. But it's not
chaotic, it's well arranged. The second track is one of my favorite moments on this
album because it uses this simple-effective riff supported by brilliant vocal
melodies and droning fuzz that builds and builds like having sex and climaxing at the
end. But it doesn't just build, it also complaces for moments while carrying
established emotions without anything being lost as if during the sexual encounter
you deside to lay off a little so you don't bust too early. The foreplaying violins
are littered all throughout the album. Now although the sex could be much better if
more anal sniffing was involved or something like that but its still dam good sex.
Production is quite solid on this album as well but it could be a tad bit less
trebly. Like '13 Blues for Thirteen Moons' there's a strong rock emphasis here too
and the use of violin over the dense rock atmosphere's makes me wanna hire a
violinist for my work too because who woulda thought violins could makes music
intense! Like I know humans can whistle and sing butt wouldn't it be cool if we
extend like a pub hair out of our bodies and countercross stroke it for emotive
violin'like sounds? Overall, you can tell that TSMZ wasn't just trying to make
another album, they delicately spent time with this puppy and because of that you
will find MANY elements here that can't be found on any of their previous albums.
full length is streaming on youtube right now so you better get on that before it
gets taken down!!
4Thee Silver Mount Zion
13 Blues for Thirteen Moons

4 - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons is a successful album
because the more apparent rock displays are very well composed and actually give
quite a bit of psychadelic stoner feel from times because of the mixing of tones.
These elements with the typcial TSMZ flare of violins and layered vocals are just
perfect. In fact, up to this point there has never been this much rock music in a
TSMZ album before and its refreshing to see that they can successful in all of their
established musical endeavors wether its psych post rock or minimal classical drone.
The use of dynamics are very well warranted here too they know just when to
tremelos over dense atmospheric sections to take it to the next level and they
how to properly drop the dynamics as well with droning violines tones. Man this
is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands ever, not that I didn't always like
them! My listens keep becoming more and more enjoyable every time I revisit
them.You'll even get some jazz rock on this album as well which is perfectly timed
around the third quater of the LP. Ends strong as well.
5Thee Silver Mount Zion
Pretty Little Lightning Paw

3.5 - Finally an EP worth hearing. There's some good
solid music here despite the annoying intro with sounds of the band messing around
something like that. This doesn't really aim to be a masterpiece but its still great
because the music is moving and emotional and simplistic catchy yet darkened
are attracting. In fact, as a full length with more dynamics this could easily be a 4
and rival some of the other higher rated albums on this list.
6Thee Silver Mount Zion
This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather and Sing

3 - TSMZ's third LP
begins with a good start from their last average LP. The beginning is enticing and
trance-like with muted strick plucks and layered harmonizing operatic hymned
The vocals hit a peak and cease and the established emotion is held and controlled
a plain field of instrumental textures that are gracious and enchanting like a white
swan admist a swamp's clarity growing like the effects of a sunrise. Suddenly drums
kick in with a bass guitar and post rock goodness is borne with progressions of
furtherance. Now, although this third LP starts off strong it doesn't stay that way.
From here we go through more Maudlin of the Well feels which is never bad except
it feels kind of ripped and then follows by some more slightly above work which is
nothing more than minimal ambient classical works with some random vocals over it.
Even the closer is mediocre to average but its not necessarily bad though. This is
album with much potential but you can easily tell the focus of emotion is gone from
their grand first LP.
7Thee Silver Mount Zion
Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly...

2.5 - no although this second LP release
aspires to be emotional/moving the movements feel too cliche at times and
expected so
that it doesn't impress on the emotion as the previous first LP release. Also, the
notes and chords don't contain enough emotional weight to stir up anything within
soul. The music is still good but its just not emotionally effective. It takes about
20 minutes into the record for the 'feels' to come out. Now once feels start to
out it last for like 5 minutes then the dynamic feel completely drops out to slight
above average feel of weightlessness so dissapointing in that respect too. Lastly,
the ending is average and feels pointless. Decent overall and sometimes good but
overall, average.
8Thee Silver Mount Zion
Kollaps Tradixionales

2.5 - Unfortunately another average release by these guys.
Now there's good moments here and there but this is just some average rock with
occasional moments that get better because the drums and violins but can I really
call it good because of that? In fact, you'll notice that they've recycled some of
their riffs from past works too on this which I haven't seen before in their discog.
The closing track is probably the best thing about this album.
9Thee Silver Mount Zion
The West Will Rise Again

2.5 - There's nothing really wrong here except again, the
music is average and doesn't induce any emotion in me. It's kind of like eating soup
that contains healthy ingredients, but there's no salt! Kind of a pointless EP imo.
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