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With their name and their penchant for bone-crunching riffs, Black Mountain would seem like a perfect fit for the Southern grindcore canon that includes outfits like Mastadon and Baroness.

Yet the Vancouver-based band led by Stephen McBean (who fronts, like 10 other groups as well) has plenty of dronish, contemplative moments that instead recall trippy spacerock acts like Jason Pierce’s Spiritualized.

And like that UK band, there is the not-so-vague druggy feel of the music, which makes sense, as the group’s members have volunteered at organizations providing treatment to Vancouver’s heroin addicts. Additionally, there have always been rumors that drug use played a large role in shaping the band’s sound. While rollicking at times, the somber tones of Black Mountain create a foreboding, yet uplifting feel — it’s like a church experience for junkies.

That’s not to say that the band’s show at the Independent on Friday night will be a bummer. McBean and Amber Webber share vocal duties for Black Mountain, and their lyrical interplay is pretty inspiring. McBean has a grizzled, weary warble, a la J Mascis, which contrasts nicely with the more polished output from Webber.

The band will be touring behind their latest album, the aptly-titled IV, which is a further departure from the Led Zeppelin-inspired output of their earlier recordings. The latest LP is a trippier, more cosmic affair, with starry synth lines and unstructured, lengthier songs. It should all make for an atmospheric, moving event.

Baroque folk rocker Marissa Nadler with open the show.

Black Mountain, Marissa Nadler
The Independent
April 29, 2016
9 p.m. $18/20 (21+)

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