ALBUM REVIEW: Slomatics

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SLOMATICS
‘Estron’
Burning World / Head Of Crom (Feb 2014)
8/10

Heading towards their 10th anniversary later in 2014, Slomatics’ aim has always been to “reduce riffs to a primal state of heaviness” and “create a euphoric state of wellbeing”. This Northern Irish band came extremely close to achieving that ambition – or certainly the first part – on their previous full-length release ‘A Hocht’. But with ‘Estron’, their fourth album, they have expanded their ambitions and broadened their musical landscapes, reaching a whole new level.

Warm, rich guitar tones wash over you like a gentle solar wind, sludgy riffs melt your brain like the lava from an ancient Martian volcano, synthesizers create an unfamiliar, otherworldly atmosphere, and vocalist/drummer Marty Harvey carries you with him on a delirious, beautiful, terrifying voyage into the universal depths of blackness. The multi-skilled Harvey brings a cosmic adventurousness coupled with a sense of maturity and melody. Slomatics are no longer just about giving you a nosebleed with their stupendously heavy sound – now they’re about giving you a nosebleed … IN SPACE!

The six songs (plus one brief instrumental) are slow, gargantuan and crushing, but they seem to rocket along at a fair rate of G’s, with stars and planets flying by. Only the closing track – a bleak misery-fest called ‘The Carpenter’ – clocks in at over ten minutes and, before you know it, you’ve reached the end of the adventure. While it is refreshing to hear this kind of accessible-but-still-sledgehammer-heavy sludge, a number of the songs could have been given a little more time to grow and develop. Slomatics might have afforded themselves even greater license to get experimental, particularly with their spaced-out keys and inventive vocal patterns.

‘Estron’ is mightily impressive, superior sludge played with conviction, skill and intelligence. If primal euphoria was the ambition, it’s mission accomplished for Slomatics.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slomatics/196382747053529

The fascinating artwork was created by Tony Roberts http://www.blackmindseye.org

 

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