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Tasmania’s Mountains of Madness have been plying their trade in Australia’s stoner rock scene for just shy of a decade.  After two EPs ‘Kick it in the Guts’ in 2017 and Unleash the Beast in 2018, the band have used a global pandemic to crank out 8 tracks for their debut album, Hold My Beer, produced by their regular collaborator Joe Haley from Psycroptic.

The band play down tuned, melodic and punchy rocking a style that has been described as ‘sludgy bullshit rock’. The term was coined by a punter when the band were packing up their van after supporting metal legends Karnivool in Hobart in 2019 and has stuck ever since.

The band’s philosophy is simple -make sure the tracks are crushing. And Hold My Beer holds true, with very few moments of respite in its 40 plus minutes of sonic annihilation. When it does back off, it doesn’t last long, building up to smack the listener in the ears again. The single releases prior to the album Bitter Pill and Bitches Brew have been a sampler of the album proper, with thunderous drums, gnashing vocals, fuzzed out bass and unbelievably crushing guitars. Shitting Bricks, the single used to launch the album, is a grunge-esque escapade that punishes from thestart and seamlessly flips into a blues laden doom swing to finish.

After a pause from touring during the pandemic, Mountains of Madness will be hitting the road to promote the album and party with their mates around Australia in 2022 & onwards.

Mountains of Madness are Adrian Smith (bass/vox), Baz Leek (guitar) and Bert Pitfield (drums/vox)

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