The month is indeed December and we are all furiously working on our end of year content for 2023, but there are some opportunities you simply don't pass on, no matter what the temporal tyrant called the calendar says. One of them is the chance to premiere a track from one of the best progressive stoner bands out there, Mountain Caller. Hopefully, I don't need to introduce any of you to their music, since I've been singing their praises for years now. But in case I do, "March of the Göll" from their upcoming release Chronicle II: Hypergenesis, which we are premiering here today, is a good entry point to their science fiction infused, infectiously heavy, and incredibly groovy brand of music. Enough alliterations; scroll down below for your taste!
Oh baby, this is the good stuff! Mountain Caller seem intent on preserving the core of their sound but also extremely capable of elaborating on it to keep things interesting. To wit, the engine that makes this track run is still that heavy, muscular, and momentum-filled riff machine that first brought the group to our attention. But there's more here, like those quiet, fragile moments and their pensive lead, or the incredibly pleasing build-up right after the middle of the track. The track feels more post-metal in many ways, atmospheric and dark around the edges, a progression on the established Mountain Caller approach.
Regardless of internal history, this track goes. It is excellent in its own right and makes me incredibly excited for the full release, which drops on the 26th of January (that's 2024, yeah?) You can head on over to their Bandcamp to check out the other two excellent singles they've already released as well as pre-order what is set to be one of 2024's first moments of brilliance. Don't sleep on it!