Since forming in 2017, London prog metal three-piece Mountain Caller have been building a steady reputation from their live shows. They recently won their heat at Metal 2 The Masses in London and they have supported UK scene heroes such as OHHMS and Boss Keloid, having played a striking set with those two and others at The Boston Music Rooms in November.

They play their own original style of long-form atmospheric progressive metal, flipping a well-trodden genre around in new directions with long trips that explore the edges of the known universe in lonely and terrifying places, counter-balanced by some alternative rock of the 90s that Tool fans will devour. Classic prog fans will also appreciate their understanding of the importance of using interesting time changes in unexpected twists and turns, bringing songs to a wholly different place from whence they began.

Mountain Caller are a very new band who have not released any official records yet, but no doubt up-coming experiences of playing live will help Claire (guitar), El (bass) and Max (drums) to conceptualise what they will be putting down on wax in the near future, and Desertfest are extremely happy to assist in that department, so come along be some of the first to see where it all started!

Words: Rich Sheppard