The record opens with a chant-esque, tribal rationality of “Invokation”, a track that borders on the lines of becoming a building Karma to Burn tribute, and the blurred lines of a mountainous climb. It contains a sense of immense droning sound that lingers throughout the near seven-minute journey that reflects as a mirror upon the rust that is layered deep over the production. Though the ominous wood chimes show a real protest of charm, the primary instrumental is rough and off-putting. It takes little time to illustrate the conveyer belts of savagery that is pushed through the percussion, but primarily through the voice that is overlaid that sounds more like a creature of the night than anything human. The twisted features of the beast are present throughout and can display a larger sense of predatory style. Horseback continues this style as it begins to move onto “Tyrant Symmetry”, where the fuzz and heavily reverbed guitar begins to loop as a backing track to the cymbal-heavy percussion and the foreground guitar that shines through a charismatic glimmer.
It is also through “Tyrant Symmetry” is there a disconnect of the trance style that was laid out before, and is there a bigger focus on creating a more-loose adaptation of the sound. Horseback is progressively violent through The Invisible Mountain, but still has a sense of being able to showcase immense understandability as well. The production of the record is displayed through the simmering percussion that acts as a conduit for the lo-fi recording of the guitars and the near-endless track styling. As The Invisible Mountain continues, the journey becomes a dance with death; a slow waltz that tilts on being a graceful set of movements that eventually lead to the final track, “Hatecloud Dissolving Into Nothing”.
There is the constant dichotomy between the overarching sound of The Invisible Mountain as it is able to both create and destroy. It can build, but also destruct, all through the power of sound. It is impressive and worthwhile, but also rusted and maniacal. The shifting environment conflicts, but ultimately aids in the final project. The Invisible Mountain is grand in presentation and stays true to the fertility of nature.