Friday, March 23, 2012

Ufomammut-Oro:Opus Primum


Okay this is certainly one of my anticipated releases of 2012. Italy's masters of warped and twisted epic doom return with yet another release. This one follows on the heels of 2010'S eve which by the way was my favorite album of that year. As with previous releases they go for just a few long tracks so I'll tackle them individually. "Empireum" has a majestic yet spacey feel surrounding it. It is defined by a simple yet deliberate build-up of momentum. "Aureum" has a more traditional doom patterns which isn't always characteristic of this band although they can certainly handle it. They put their own stamp on this track and place such an emphasis on every movement."Infearnatural" is a rather noisy display drone with several directions going at once. At just over seven and a half minutes it's the shortest track on the album, but like all of the other songs they fit so many movements and tones into the running time."Magickon" picks up on the same style as the previous track. It is extremely repetitive at first but finds it's way with the different sounds playing off one another. "Mindomine" revolves are a slow pounding march of beats with distant ghostly vocals floating in. In time it hits a medium pace and winds it's way to the end. This album isn't terribly different from what this band has done in the past, but the album is certainly it's entity. Part of the beauty of this band's music is they don't try too hard to create, but rather they just let the sounds and moods flow. Obviously they such faith in their abilities and vision that they don't have to force it, but just let it unfold. Once again another fantastic album from one of the best drone/experimental/doom acts ever.

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Blogger The Mule said...

Really looking forward to this one. I can't even listen to the advance track in full; experiencing the whole album in a single sitting seems like the right thing to do.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

The Mule-The album is certainly meant to be heard in one sitting. I also think it's one of those albums that's better through headphones because you notice so much more that way. I've had the download for a couple of weeks, but had to wait for a time when the kids were in bed and I could just plug in the head phones sit back and take the whole album in. It's a bit more subtle in places than Eve perhaps, but it just has so much to soak in.

6:41 PM  

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