ALBUM REVIEW: Mt. Onsra – Sacred Time | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 28.06.24








Gestated over the past couple of years, Sacred Time arrives as Simon Allen and Russell Cleave continue evolving their Mt. Onsra sound. The music is as intimate as it is pounding. Full of grounded, earthy emotions. There’s a considered pace to the songs that blend post-rock with metal, as with the cerebral Emergent.

The duo embrace organic sounds, spacious dynamics and thickly strummed guitar and bass, often underpinned by huge drums. Vocals come over like invocations. Straying into math rock territory on Integration, the pair pull back and bliss out instead. The Kings’ Return is set apart by eerie glitches and synths whereas Voices skitters around, building to a cacophonous finish. The tone can be mournful but the instrumental flourishes keep the album moving forward, however soul-searching it becomes.


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