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MOUNTAINEER reveal new video “Hymnal: Passage III”

The second single and video for “Hymnal: Passage III” from Mountaineer’s forthcoming second album ‘Passages’ is now available. ‘Passages’ album will be out in June 29th, 2018, on Lifeforce Records.


Video by Mike McClatchey


The music for “Passages” was written by Clayton during three weeks in July, 2017. The album was created from beginning to end in order. Nothing was deleted or rewritten. What you hear is pure emotion and creativity. And this is what makes Mountaineer’s second album so special and valuable.

“Passages” is comprised of two 20 minute long songs, broken into individual passages. The album is tied together by several overarching themes, but is mainly focused around the struggle to grasp the concept of mortality. This existential, universal theme was explored by the band in interesting ways that force the listener to use their imagination while connecting the dots of what could be considered a “concept” record. The band employed many acoustic layers of instrumentation to emphasize their sonic vision on “Passages” as well. Xylophone, piano, tambourine, jingle bells, music box, 12 string acoustic guitar and a beer bottle for percussion are peppered into the mix. No synthesized sounds were used in the making of “Passages”.

“Passages” was an experiment in writing as a stream of consciousness. This time around, drums were provided by new member, Patrick Spain (Catapult The Dead, Dustern). The recording process was also streamlined: Mountaineer spent just 6 days recording the album at Nu-Tone Studios with producer Ben Hirschfield (Against Me!,The Story So Far, Elder Brother). Mike Kalajian of Rogue Planet (Circa Survive, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Bouncing Souls) mastered the album.



1. Hymnal: Passage I
2. Hymnal: Passage II
3. Hymnal: Passage III
4. Hymnal: Passage IV
5. Catacombs: Passage I
5. Catacombs: Passage II
5. Catacombs: Passage III
5. Catacombs: Passage IV


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