by Robert Bell
Russellville's The Sound of the Mountain won Round 5 of the 2013 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase with swirling instrumental post-rock that was by turns powerful, loud, dynamic and sweepingly cinematic. That last description is especially apt, as more than one judged referenced movies on their score sheets.
Also: it never hurts when your drummer is a stone-cold badass, as is the case with Sound of the Mountain. But it was excellent musicianship all the way around.
Showcase judge Mandy McBryde wrote, "Their music evokes such emotion. It's like watching a masterpiece fly through the room in soundwaves, or that scene in a really great movie when you go 'Oh shit. This is what's really happening.'"
Judge CT wrote, "Total pros. They have their shit together. Sweet tones and awesome transitions. This needs to be the musical score to my life." Guest judge Eugene Whitmore wrote, "I like the intro, well-rehearsed, very spontaneous."
Grayson Shelton wrote "I'm a sucker for a great drummer. They're the heartbeat and energy of your show. I can imagine it's tough to keep a completely instrumental set moving and engaging. They did a great job with dynamics to keep it fresh and keep my attention."
More photos and a video are after the jump.