Release Date: Mar 31, 2015
Record label: Neurot Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Review Summary: Absolute apocalypseAs an Ufomammut fan, every new album release means great news. The remarkable consistency of their output never ceased to amaze those interested in psychedelic doom/sludge music. Although their overall sound didn't change over the years, lately, the riffs have become more prominent and heavier. Meanwhile, the contrasting ambient side continues to maintain that dense, uneasy atmosphere each of their records boasts.
Ufomammut’s latest album Ecate is named after the Greek goddess who held (or holds, she might still be knocking about) dominion over the worlds of the humans, the gods and the dead. In order to better represent such a heavenly being, the band set up a recording facility in a spacious hall, resulting in an album that is both claustrophobic and yet possesses a phenomenal amount of space. The riffs sound huge and vibrant, whilst the drums possess a drawn out reverberating punch somehow adds a real sense of menace to a sound that is already ridiculously weighty.
There’s a disparate nature to the sludge metal genre that many casual listeners might not appreciate. While the movement’s artists share an interest in monumental heavy riffs and doom-esque tempos, sludge has metamorphosed in recent years into one of metal’s most varied sub-categories. At one end there’s Oakland’s Neurosis, a band whose core purpose seems to be the creation of imposing, soul-bearing hurricanes of sound.