Ufomammut - Ecate (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Includes artwork booklet.
'Ecate' is Ufomammut's seventh album. With this release the Italian power trio takes a confident step forward. On offer are six tracks that take the band and listener to yet uncharted places, the only guide being Ecate (Hecate in English), the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead and the gods.
Ufomammut - Eve (IMPORT) (LP)
140gr. black vinyl.
Few records offer the kind of sonic transportation you get from Eve. With confidence and an assured sense of positioning, Ufomammut puts you exactly where they want you to be at every moment of the record, and yet there’s nothing contrived or overdone about it. To say it’s one of the best albums you’ll hear this year is an understatement. Eve is an album with the power to grant Ufomammut recognition they’ve long deserved, and a forward-looking statement that although many in the myriad subgenres of doom are content to rehash what’s already been done, there are still fresh avenues to pursue. The band’s will toward exploration and experimentation is at the forefront, but they never lose sight of the heaviness that remains at their core, and as such, Eve is a crowning achievement.
Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Alter (IMPORT) (LP)
Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
Italian psychedelic sludge purveyors Ufomammut present Opus Alter, the second half of their new album Oro. The first half is the album, Opus Primum. As with all previous Ufomammut albums, the concepts behind Oro are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to “gold” with the Latin translation of “I prey.” Oro is the alchemical process to transform the human fears into pure essence; into Gold. Although Oro’s two chapters are released months apart from each other, they must be considered as a single track in which the musical themes and the sounds show up and hide, mutating and evolving, progressively and increasingly stratifying culminating in the crushing final movement. Oro is like an alchemic laboratory in which substances are flowing, dividing and blending themselves in ten increments from the alembics and stills, culminating into the creation of Gold.
Opus Alter proudly takes up the torch from its forebear, Opus Primum to form the second half of ORO, an exploration of 'knowledge and power' the band insists should be approached as one whole experience. And altogether, it works; the two halves complement each other effortlessly, combining to create one enormous, uncompromising but satisfying listening prospect. Where Primum often worked towards textured heaviness, crushing your ears into willing submission by way of slow accumulation of layers, Alter is somewhat less formal, decked out in the sort of unashamedly bludgeoning, sledgehammer statement riffs to make Mastodon cry. Not to say Primum wasn't already heavy as fuck, but if that first half was the wild eyed stranger who coaxed you into the alley for a toke of his funny-looking cigarette, Alter is the point at which you realise you're smoking a neutron star.
Despite its directness, this is still music that is entirely nuanced, always delivering new subtleties on repeated listens and always startling in its ability to plumb new depths of numbing heaviness. To put it bluntly there's a lot going on here at any given moment, and it's been engineered to digest over a long time.
Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Primum (IMPORT) (LP)
Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
As with all previous Ufomammut albums, the concepts behind Oro are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to “gold” with the Latin translation of “I prey.” Oro explores the concept of knowledge and its power; the magical stream controlled by the human mind to gain control of every single particle of the World surrounding us. Oro is the alchemical process to transform the human fears into pure essence; into Gold. Although Oro’s two chapters will be released months apart from each other, they must be considered as a single track in which the musical themes and the sounds show up and hide, mutating and evolving, progressively and increasingly stratifying culminating in the crushing final movement. Oro is like an alchemic laboratory in which substances are flowing, dividing and blending themselves in ten increments from the alembics and stills, culminating into the creation of Gold.
Ufomammut - Snailking (180 gr.) (Re-issue) (IMPORT) (2LP)
Limited edition repress of only 200 copies on 180gr. black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
Full on psychedelia laced with enough doom to make you wonder: this is the album that Electric Wizard didn't make. Vocal sounds bordering on Filth Pig era Jourgenson(Ministry) meets Electric Wizard. The jams infused with slabs of mountainous riffage that start from the opening track and doesn't let up. The production is stunning and will leave your head spinning. The sounds wander aimlessly through your head, as the ulimate stoner doom album transcends the mind. This IS what stoner rock is all about, folks. Well worth the wait.
Snailking’s 8 songs are about intertwining crushing noise and dead space. A riff can float off on its own, while another one builds up underneath the distortion. Impressive stuff, in the vein of Sons of Otis, Buried at Sea, or latter-day Electric Wizard. Their use of keyboards and sound samples (such as the Grim Reaper from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life) adds to the overall mood of the album. There’s not a wasted note, nor a weak track. They know when to ride the note, when to create a wall of sound, or when to layer the effects. It’s doom, it’s sludge, it’s full on metal. Like Yob’s releases, Snailking’s original and catchy work by a band worth keeping an eye on. Highly recommended.
With Snailking, their second full length release, Ufomammut continue to blow minds with their own unique brand of psychedelic sludge. With long songs, droning vocals and massive effects Ufomammut is right there along side of Neurosis, Sons of Otis and Electric Wizard. Ufomammut is thick, swirling, punishing sludge--over-indulging in Fuzz and psychedelics. This 8-song album represents the best in this sub category of Stoner/Doom. Lots of guitar tracks, echoplex style delay, samples and synth all the way through. A real moody trip from beginning to end. Snailking was recorded in the back woods of Italy’s mountains over a period of 4 weeks. The band holed themselves up in seclusion and let the creativity flow! The result is monumental! Highly recommended
Ugh! - Waste (IMPORT) (LP)
Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
Sweat and alcohol are dripping from this record. The guitars and bass are somewhere between dirty heavy 70's Rock and more modern Garage Rock sounds. The drums are consistently rocking and rumbling through the 11 songs like the short and fast 'Ira' to the slower and heavier monsters like 'Manhole' that pleases me with its doomy attitude. Tracks like 'Ash' bring in the southern voodoo vibe, e.g. by using classic western sounds (fiddlers). The vocals are clean, but rough with a good portion of nicotine and whiskey, just like good rock vocals should be. The sound fits the attitude. The songs never lose their dirty garage feel. 'Waste' is a very good Rock 'n' Roll album that stands for its rawness, heavy 70's Garage Rock and dry southern attitude.
Uluru - Imaginary Sun (Red) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of only 300 copies on a vibrant red colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
Uluru is an Istanbul-based instrumental/psychedelic rock trio, formed to produce and experience new sounds and nuances through improvisation.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Blood Lust (Picture Disc) (LP)
Limited edition picture disc version. Comes in a cool die cut jacket.
Formed in the old wastelands of witchery and paranoia, Cambridgeshire band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats deliver the new sound of '60s terror. The group's second album Blood Lust was recorded in a dilapidated barn known as The Slaughter House. Using old fuzz pedals and broken amps to create a lo fi saturated sound, the entire album was laid to rest on tape in the space of four cold months. Blood Lust tells the story of a drug crazed sadist who embarks on a witchfinding killing spree before meeting his own demise at the withered hands of Satan. The bands intention was to create an audio equivalent of a '60s exploitation horror film.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control (Deluxe Edition) (Blue) (IMPORT) (2LP)
Limited edition on blue colored vinyl. This "Deluxe Edition" version features a cool die-cut gatefold jacket.
Here it is!! The highly anticipated new album from this psychedelic-garage-metal-horror-rock (whatever way you choose to term it) institution.
It is a fact that Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have, in recent times, become one of the most talked about rock bands currently in existence. The fact that no one even knew what they looked like until very recently is testimony to the enigma that surrounds this terrifying, yet extremely melodically minded cult. It is another fact that they have become one of the most collectable bands on the planet, with first press vinyl editions of Blood Lust fetching up to and over 700 (yes, British Pounds!) on the collectors market. Pretty remarkable for a record that is barely two years old.
Within Mind Control's blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing and drug inspired mass slaughter! Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake. Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn't seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Crawler (Black) (IMPORT) (7 inch)
Limited edition on black vinyl. The exclusive B-side, "Get on Home", was originally written by Charles Manson.
“Mind Crawler” is all about the fat ass guitar groove and druggie vocals. Remember those sixties drug films that opened with hot girls dancing in a dark basement caught by dimly lit and over saturated film stock, “Mind Crawler” is right in line with a song playing during those montages.