Originally meant as experimentation as Spider Kitten prepared for a new album, this material wasn’t expected o see the light of day. “Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree” is a collection of three tracks that had only been jammed once before entering the studio to record them. The resulting EP, although very different to what is to come next, is still a fine collection of music.
One of the reasons I was drawn to this release was the fact that when reading about them, I had seen the Melvins mentioned a lot, and that’s always good enough for me to have a listen, and going by this release, a well earned comparison. Opener ‘Lindisfarena’ is built around slow heavy loose riffs that dominate the seven-minute track, although there are some quieter moments that jut take the edge off it becoming too harsh. ‘Bearded Axe’ is similar in approach, but the three part – fifteen minute closer ‘Gore Swan’ is an entirely different proposition. Strings and acoustic elements break up the huge doomy sections bring this release to a fittingly epic close.
Unusual and uncompromising is the best way to describe this record. Spider Kitten are comfortable in letting ideas flow and seeing where a particular passage takes them and that is refreshing, you really don’t know what is coming next. Jams can often be too loose and end up being long winded, but here the band have done a really good job of bringing everything together and keeping them from becoming too drawn out. The album, which apparently follows a narrative, sounds a great prospect.