A 38-minute, four-track epic of krautrock, stoner metal, and art-house freak show

Horseback
The Invisible Mountain
Relapse Records



Equal parts krautrock, stoner metal, and art-house freak show, this sprawling, 38-minute, four-track epic challenges and delights as it vacillates between tortured, ethereal atmospherics and throbbing, druggy drones. The former are driven by Mellotron-like keyboards and Jenks Miller’s delicate acoustics and crystalline, echo-drenched electrics treated with trance-inducing tremolo (“Hatecloud Dissolving into Nothing”), while the latter are powered by Miller’s menacingly overdriven SGs and Les Pauls (played through old Vox and Fender amps), fuzzed-out basses, and throbbing drums (“Tyrant Symmetry”). Instrumentally, it’s like Sabbath, Sleep, Soundgarden, and the lighter elements of Scandinavian metal taken with a cocktail of Ambien and Dr. Leery’s favorite hallucinogenic. Guttural, lo-fi, and incomprehensible, the vocals sound like the lamentations of an insane, bitter sociopath complaining from the confines of his padded cell in hell. Thankfully, the mad musings are accompanied by enrapturing layers of melodic melancholy that hint at the damned soul’s once-beautiful potential. Just barely too palatable to be the soundtrack to E. Elias Merhige’s Begotten.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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