The Mountain King to Release The Smell of Stars and Vomit Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 5th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Eric McQueen of Mainz, Germany’s The Mountain King isn’t kidding when he talks about The Smell of Stars and Vomit being a different album than its 2020 predecessor, Wicked Zen, which I haven’t covered here nearly as much as I listened to it. That record was put together with a full band lineup spread out geographically, where this one pulls back to just McQueen himself and plays out as a 95-minute single track to be released as the year winds down at the end of next month. Quarantine-era duggery perhaps? Yeah, I expect there’s a bit of that going on, McQueen taking the opportunity to push his methods further since, well, what the hell else was he going to do?

But there’s a whole narrative aspect being fleshed out here too about a central character progressing beyond the physical realm, and the album is apparently in 7/4 time, and so that duggery is multifaceted as well as manifest in the difference in style — bass-heavy Warning vibes coming through the six-minute teaser below — and lineup, so it seems there’s plenty to shake out.

As to how it will, I’m at least interested to know. 95 minutes for a single song offering is well on the other side of what I usually consider “manageable,” and the quick turnaround here speaks to some urgency behind the expression.

Some info came down the PR wire:

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The Mountain King – The Smell Of Stars And Vomit

A distanced look at the transition of man
Release date: Around december, 25th-ish, 2020-ish
Label: Self release of 1st edition, no label yet

The working process:

Since it’s the first album since 2014 I worked on completely alone in isolation, the artistic output will be hard to grasp at the first listening session.

The metrum on the whole album is in 7/4 time or a multiplicator in parts. The metrum and its decision will also be lyrically discussed.

Since Wicked Zen, our last album in 2020, was widely regarded as a “heavy guitar album”, the new release could be described as contradictory, “progressive melodic bass album”.

The vocals will connect the refrains with lyrical quoting and similarly structured archs in melody and metric. Also the story of the dissolving protagonist will be told by both lyrics on the surface and instruments drawing the listener deeper and deeper towards the black hole, which will be end and relief of story and album.

To show the momentary technological boundaries of digital art, the first release as one 95 min track will be on USB stick in a special edition, the only possible way to enjoy this piece of work at the moment without cutting it to pieces.

To ensure a desired sound and fitting listening experience, I got together with Esben Willems of the band Monolord. He will have the Mixing and Mastering process in his hands in his studio Berserk Audio in Gothenburg, Sweden.

These were insider facts to the upcoming album, thank you so much for your time and interest.

A digital preorder and a 6 minute teaser are here:

Kind regards and stay safe,
Eric McQueen
The Mountain King

The Mountain King, The Smell of Stars and Vomit teaser

The Mountain King, Wicked Zen (2020)

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The Mountain King Release Wicked Zen CD on Cursed Monk Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

With pieces of the album recorded in the US, Venezuela, Germany and Greece, it’s no wonder that The Mountain King‘s debut long-player, Wicked Zen, carries a marked sense of stylistic scope. The album has been snagged by Irish imprint Cursed Monk Records for a limited release on CD, and by “limited” I mean there are 50 copies on the band’s Bandcamp and the label’s Bandcamp, and that’s it. I’m not even sure if that’s 50 total or 50 each, but either way, it’s not a lot. 50 though is more than the handmade first-edition special book/CD version of the album the band put out themselves on CD, which was 33 copies, though there was also a digipak pressing that had 66 copies. Okay, so maybe add that all up and it comes out to “still pretty limited.”

There’s a tape, too. 66 copies.

I have no idea — how would I? — how many copies of any or all of these there are left, but the difference near as I can tell with the Cursed Monk version of Wicked Zen is it has two bonus tracks. That right there makes it worth chasing down in my book, whatever other options may coincide with it. And I’m not trying to spend your money or anything, but no one ever said you had to stick to one, either

I cobbled the following together from various announcements and whatnot:

The Mountain King Wicked Zen


SURPRISE RELEASE!!! (We told you we had something cool planned.)

Cursed Monk Records would like to welcome The Mountain King to the cult!

The Mountain King play a heady mix of psychedelia tinged, mediative funeral doom. It is an awe inspiring sound!

Their album “Wicked Zen” is available from our store now on CD and DD. Recorded by The Mountain King in Germany, USA, Venezuela and Greece. Check it out below.

The band says: “The great Cursed Monk Records and we crossed paths and thus came into being an extended version of Wicked Zen with 2 bonus tracks and an exclusive artwork by Steffen and myself. We’re really stoked about all this, honestly.”

The Mountain King are:
Eric McQueen: Guitars, Bass, Theremin, Hammond, Synths, Vocals, Lyrics
Frank Gr’mbarth Dillschnitter: Additional guitar
Daniel Gallardo: Drums
Manuel El Churro Churión: Sitar
Yorgos Mourkousis: Saz

The Mountain King, Wicked Zen (2020)

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The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio Playlist: Episode 32

Posted in Radio on April 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Last episode, I did comfort songs the whole way through, new stuff and old, and at the risk of saying something remotely nice about myself, I thought it was the best show I’ve ever done. This time, of course, something completely different.

Yeah, the theme is still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic — how could it not be? — but it’s basically me reminding myself that when times are hard, harder, harder than that, still harder, okay-hardest-my-head’s-gonna-friggin’-explode-make-it-stop-make-it-stop, there’s still new music and new music is still awesome.

So here we are. Brand new tracks from Curse the Son, Vine Weevil, Ten Foot Wizard (who emailed me as I was putting the playlist together, as though to emphasize the point), Witchkiss, Dopelord, Nighthawk & Heavy Temple, The Mountain King, High Priestess, Wight, Marmalade Knives, Kanaan, Frozen Planet….1969 and The Swell Fellas. Some of this has been streamed here, some of it hasn’t, but it’s all new and it’s all excellent and I found that this week, at just this particular moment in time, that’s what I needed. It’s that simple, and I hope you can relate.

Thanks for listening if you do. I hope you enjoy. Or even if you just look at the list and find something new to dig on, I hope you enjoy that too. Thanks.

The Obelisk Show airs 5PM Eastern today on the Gimme app or at

Full playlist:

The Obelisk Show – 04.17.20

Curse the Son Suicide by Drummer Excruciation*
Vine Weevil You are the Ocean Sun in Your Eyes*
Ten Foot Wizard Namaste Dickhead Get Out of Your Mind*
Witchkiss Splitting Teeth Splitting Teeth*
Dopelord Doom Bastards Sign of the Devil*
Nighthawk & Heavy Temple Astral Hand VA – Women of Doom*
The Mountain King As Below, So Below Wicked Zen*
High Priestess Invocation Casting the Circle*
Wight Motorgroove Spank the World*
Marmalade Knives Rivuleting Marmalade Knives*
Kanaan O?resund Double Sun*
Frozen Planet….1969 900 Mile Head Rush Cold Hand of a Gambling Man*
The Swell Fellas Scatterbrain The Great Play of Extension*

The Obelisk Show on Gimme Radio airs every Friday 5PM Eastern, with replays Sunday at 7PM Eastern. Next new episode is May 1 (subject to change). Thanks for listening if you do.

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