Amid the current industry of cool, Mount Carmel’s lack of gimmick is a welcome anachronism. The trio’s third album “Get Pure” is full of swagger, packed with great songs and inspired performances.
Described once as "thee only non-bullshit hard rock band in goddamn America," Mount Carmel was formed in 2010 by brothers Matthew Reed (vocals/guitar) and Patrick Reed (bass), with James McCain (drums), and hails from Columbus, Ohio.
The power-trio already has two albums and a lot of road under its belt, and has earned a reputation as a stellar live act. "Get Pure", their new album for Alive Naturalsound, is a new beast. It was recorded in Cleveland at Suma Recordings by Paul Hamann, where albums by Pere Ubu and the Black Keys were made, and mixed in Detroit at Ghetto Recorders by Jim Diamond, and captures the power and intensity of the band’s straight-up and sans revisionist blues rock sound.
This is true rock music like you haven’t heard in years. Crank it up!
Smelted from the alloys of blues and hard rock, Mount Carmel's modern metallurgy is an 11-stage brew of emotive grit and salacious slag. - Taylor Haag / PERFORMER MAG
Rather than making you wish you were just listening to Canned Heat or Humble Pie, Get Pure will make you wonder if you haven’t stumbled upon a forgotten album lost to dollar-bin obscurity decades ago. - ALL MUSIC
To play boogie so hard it sounds like hardcore you have to be some bold, badass, bombastic, boredom breaking boog-ers! They get a top rating from the BBBB The Better Boogie Bluesrock Bureau). – ROCTOBER
Vocalist Matthew Reed’s voice is gutsy and raw, his guitar playing thickly distorted and unadorned, while the rhythm section of brother Patrick Reed on bass and drummer James McCain bash out the jams with the best of them. Track number two on the album, “Back On It”, is a stone-cold classic, a masterpiece of crunching riffage whose three minutes fly by all too quickly – it could easily extend into a 10-minute jam (and in concert, let’s hope it does). - David Maine / POPMATTERS
The music’s of a time but also, in a way, now also timeless. It’s unclear what they put in the water out Ohio way but let’s hope the still doesn’t get shut down soon. – I-94 BAR
Simple riffs and strong vocal presence give way to delicate solos, alluding to one big jam session. It’s a simple formula, whose positive results arise from the talents of the three gentlemen at the helm. Driven by a common goal to uphold the sanctity of the genre, rock and roll will never rest easy. – BLUES ROCK REVIEWS
Rock may no longer be popular music’s prevailing tide, but Mount Carmel’s heavy bottom end, powerful drums and scorching lead guitar sound like a day hasn’t passed since Cream, Grand Funk, Rory Gallagher, Blue Cheer, Ten Years After, Mountain and others ruled the hard rock roost. Even with tasty guitar solos, the songs are concise (only two weigh in at over four minutes) and the playing is tight. – HYPERBOLIUM
The band’s third album, Get Pure, is their strongest outing yet. Get Pure is their first album for Alive records, and with acts like The Black Diamond Heavies, Buffalo Killers, The Black Keys, and Radio Moscow, Alive records has been quietly putting out some of the best rock albums of the past ten years. Mount Carmel fits well on the label. - GET IT ON VINYL
The groove and vibe that Mount Carmel achieve is their strength as Get Pure just keeps rocking along. - THE FIRE NOTE
Columbus, OH rock trio Mount Carmel brings a refreshing simplicity to a musical landscape characterized by elaborate subgenres. - THAT MAG