Monday, May 1, 2017

Titan Mountain - Above Fangs of Majestic Stonetitans album '99

Titan Mountain was a Polish symphonic black metal band from Biłgoraj formed in 1995 under the band name Forest of Pride Slavs. Band changed name to Titan Mountain in 1997 and released 3 demos prior to releasing this full-length album I'm sharing today.
It's only member was Nazgrim who also played in many other very obscure Polish bands; The only band from those that I managed to find to download is death/doom band called Immortal Visions who released one demo tape in 1993 titled Aquaritia. I've listened to this demo and it's not bad.

Titan Mountain had many releases (just look at their discography on metal archives!) but the only rip that leaked on web was/is from this full-length. I tried to find more Titan Mountain material, but had no luck so far... I mean, there's Screams of Shadows demo '97 circulating the web, but that's completely fake, it's nothing but a track taken from this album. I would definitely like to hear more from this band.

This album was originally released as a tape by Nawia Productions in '99, then in 2006 it was re-released with different cover artwork as a tape limited to 200 copies by Strigoi Records, and finally it was re-released once again in 2014 as a CD limited to 500 copies by Hell is Here Production. What I have is the first press by Nawia Productions, I've no idea how limited it is because it is not hand-numbered.

There are 3 songs on side A of this tape album and those were recorded in 1999. I can't say I enjoy them because there is too much going on in music, too much keyboards and too much of very annoying programmed drums. To me it all sounds somehow exaggerated, it's like listening to two different bands at the same time, or actually more like listening to some epic black metal band while playing 90's video games - these keyboards sometimes remind me of some old video games...
The side B contains 4 songs recorded in 1997 and those are a bit better - but the drum machine is still pretty annoying. If it wasn't for those programmed drums, these 4 tracks on side B would actually be pretty good sympho black with good vocals - vocals on side B of the tape are actually pretty good and that's what I like the most about the entire album.

All in all, I'm quite disappointed with this album - it's obvious band had some potential, but it's like Nazgrim had too many ideas and decided to mix all of them together even when they don't fit. I think this would sound a lot better if it was made more simple; and I think sympho black should have good atmosphere, but this album somehow doesn't have atmophere even though there are plenty of synths. I'd recommend it if you're curious and/or would like to hear something a bit unusual.

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