Ufomammut
Ecate


4.2
excellent

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
March 27th, 2015 | 91 replies


Release Date: 03/31/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Absolute apocalypse

As 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. The double sided ORO was a massive chapter in the band's book that further conveyed the listener into their universe. After deciding to once more push the sonic limits, Ecate ended up as the Italians' hardest hitting and most streamlined album so far.

Fascinated by the occult and paganism, the power trio named the latest project after the ancient Greek goddess of the three worlds: the world of humans, gods and the dead. The Christian church saw Hecate as a negative entity associated with witchcraft and black magic, so she was blacklisted from early on. Ufomammut always strived to create something more than just a doom record, thus presenting us something akin to an ancient ritual. It is safe to say the music manages to match the deity's spiritual complexity. Highlight cuts like 'Temple' or 'Daemon' reveal some of the harshest and intense riffs these guys have come up with yet. The overwhelming amount of fuzz backed up by noise and visceral screams create an apocalyptic vibe while slowly crushing you. The entire structure of the songs feels more refined and audible than before, therefore adding a lot to the listening experience.

Besides those, the vocals have also been more carefully worked and placed on each tune. 'Plouton', one of the most straightforward tune the band has churned yet, is a prime example of this new approach. There are clear verses and choruses atop some murky, lumbering riffs. The usual, hellish sea of samples, dialogues and screams are still dominant, however, they are less ubiquitous on Ecate, as evidenced on the slowly unfolding opener, 'Somnium', or the raging 'Chaosecret', leaving more space for the menacing grooves. On past favorites such as Idolum or Eve those trance-inducing walls of noise abound, whereas here are used in smaller amounts to allow you to concentrate on the riffage.

In many ways, Ecate can be heralded as Ufomammut's greatest achievement so far. Condensing ORO into one album, while focusing on structure and vocals, only managed to bring out the best of them. The recipe's the same, but unlike before, you have controlled chaos here. The pure heavy riffs beautifully merge with the ambient parts and what these guys learned best was to dose them. The band seems to have already pushed their limits into oblivion with this effort. Now, there is no turning back and it will be very interesting to see how can they top this.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2015


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

This is an awesome record, totally recommended for anyone into psychedelic, doom or sludge metal!



Stream it in its entirety here - http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2015/3/25/flying-saucers-glengarry-glen-ross-ufomammuts-ecate-full-album-stream



Alternate link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTtsx8R9A4s

Digging: Wordclock - Heralds

ComeToDaddy
March 27th 2015


1613 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really eager to check this one out

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2015


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I liked the ambient side more on Eve, but this is their best release so far!

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 27th 2015


25177 Comments


Everything in the staff queue in apocalypse-related! #2015 #theendiscoming

Nice review man.

Digging: Belle and Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems Pt. 1

DominionMM1
March 27th 2015


15299 Comments


sweet. will check tonight.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2015


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Thanks Sowing! Yes, Sputnik is the primary source for Apocalypse soundtracks.

Underflow
March 27th 2015


3833 Comments


Psychedelic, you say? I'm in. Actually heard one of this band's albums before, but I have little memory of it. I suppose this is as good a place as any to become reacquainted.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2015


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Eve is considered their magnum opus and it was until now. This is more straightforward (and less psychedelic than Eve) but the riffs are so good!

Inveigh
March 27th 2015


26367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna be jamming this one shortly... can't wait



Digging: Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

Relinquished
March 27th 2015


36792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea fuckin great record, love these guys

Inveigh
March 27th 2015


26367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still like Snailking best out of their records but everything they've done is at the very least solid

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2015


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this fucking rules (coming from a guy who isn't that big on sludge metal)

Relinquished
March 27th 2015


36792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shame on you

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2015


2233 Comments


book

Flugmorph
March 27th 2015


17565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heavy af goddamn.

TheCrocodile
March 27th 2015


2926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes! Album fucking slays. Prolly the best thing I heard in 2015 out of like 6 albums...

PotsyTater
March 27th 2015


1559 Comments


glad this got a review

PotsyTater
March 27th 2015


1559 Comments


glad this got a review

Relinquished
March 27th 2015


36792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Flugmorph
March 27th 2015


17565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so...u mean u glad silent?



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