Black Mountain In the Future

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Vancouver’s Black Mountain knows how to conceive epic, 16-minute odysseys–tunes like “Bright Lights” not only keep listeners’ attention, but allow college-radio DJ a run to the can. What sets them apart from other prog revivalists is the band’s active decision to make their “prog” rock. Not merely “anthemic,” Bic-in-the-air tunes like “Tyrants” are actual anthems, with quiet, folky melodies and heavy orchestral riffs to make fanboys cry in their pints while shaking their fists. Black Mountain made a big splash with its self-titled debut, and for good reason. But check the twin harmonized guitars layered over Italo-horror synths that permeate In the Future and you’ll know: This is what rawk fans have been waiting for.