on 12 April 2012
It's hard to describe this without resort to words like doom metal, cosmic, heavy, and so on. Set the controls for the heart of the sun? nah, too sixties, try a few extra galaxies and then some. And this is just part 1 - perhaps part 2 will bring you back again.
There are 5 tracks flowing as one: Empireum, Aureum, Infearnatural, Magickon, and Mindomine. It starts ethereally, gets heavy, heavier, but with enough dynamic variation and sonic interest and sheer oddness to separate Ufomammut from run of the mill 'look how loud we can be' riff bands. Better check the neighbours are out though before you play it as it is presumably intended. You'll appreciate a sound system with adequate bass response...
As I said in reviewing an Earth album, there is now a full field of slow, heavy, 'stoner' type music purveyed by many bands, mostly inspired by some incarnation of Earth, and this can easily become just more of the same. Being new to Ufomammut I am happy to report they are well above 'more of the same'; Italians with a galactic mission maybe but they give new meaning to the old phrase 'power trio'. Hawkwind, Amon Duul 2, Ozric Tentacles and others have all set off on cosmic voyages of various sorts - Ufomammut have bigger engines and different wavelengths. Highly recommended. When's part 2?
on 20 May 2012
Ufomammut...not really doing anything different from the last 2 albums, and I'm really pleased cos if it ain't broke, blah blah. Not the kind of band anyone stumbles across so everyone who knows, knows the score, really heavy, stoned out repetitious spacey doomy metal, lovely! Keep it coming!
on 22 March 2014
Ufomammut are not a band you can really put in a neat little box and label. No other band sounds anything like them, brutal riffs can be replaced with swirls of gentle synthesiser then morph into jazz-like freedom and all in one tune. This album does not step far out of that blueprint although I do detect a more mature approach to some of the tunes. Someone likened the band to a doom version of early Pink Floyd and I can see the comparison on earlier material but on this album I feel they're more Tangerine Dream mixed with Can.