Ufomammut
8


3.9
excellent

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
September 23rd, 2017 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strengthening the sonic structures and leveling up on their quest to deliver the heaviest riffs possible…

One of the first things you must know about Ufomammut is that you should best focus on entire LPs rather than separate tracks. At first, I randomly picked out tunes out of their discography and didn’t understand much. I thought they often felt chopped and later realized they were actually pieces from a bigger puzzle. These Italians are one of the diminishing number of bands who keep alive the importance of conceptual albums, especially in this genre. The latest effort, 8 continues the stylistic direction Ecate pursued, bringing the riffs upfront, while pushing the hazy atmosphere in the background. Here, the group cut a significant portion of the trademark ambient passages, focusing instead on grooves to accompany those diminishing parts. Also, the production is less opaque than ever, having a brighter sound that allows the sludge to properly unfold. The two bookending cuts, ‘Babel’ & ‘Psyrcle’ follow the usual trend of the opener slowly unfolding only to erupt into the hell we are accustomed to, whereas the closer gradually tones down finishing with a minute of fading electronics (and brass this time). Nevertheless, the transition is substantially abrupt when compared its predecessors, as they rapidly bring forth the dirt amid pulsing sound scapes and shouted vocals. There are moody segments too, however, the moments of recess are brief in this journey.

In between the abovementioned songs, pandemonium unleashes. If before they focused on a number of peaks which required patience and growing tension, on 8 it’s the other way round. There is almost no respite, because you plunge into an apocalyptic scenario where you’re constantly bludgeoned with lumbering riffs. ‘Warsheep’ starts rather "peaceful", focusing on a more traditional structure complete with prominent vocals. The band tried to diversify their approach to singing, still nothing sounds as compelling as the classic, manic shouts. Halfway, the distortion gets cranked and everything changes. As we reach the nucleus, we’re transported into very noisy territory driven by pounding drums and some of the clearest, well-formed structures Ufomammut presented us yet. ‘Zodiac’ bursts right through, shifting from heavily fuzzed rhythms to a southern metal inspired segment. Augmented by paranoid keyboards, they return to chugging patterns, before toning down to let you breathe a bit. As the bass plays a circular line, the guitar feedback is left to be reshaped by oscillators. Then, as expected a ***ing heavy riff further smashes your face off.

The succinct ditties, ‘Fatum & ‘Prismaze’ immediately bite at the neck, essentially continuing where ‘Zodiac’ left off. The fast paced tempos intertwining the syncopated parts are incredibly well-timed and catchy. The latter offers glimpses of the hazy earlier material, still the lucid, pummeling riffs are definitely part of the new sound. Moreover, ‘Core and ‘Wombdemonium’ continue the insane vibe through another round of sonic damage. What’s notable on 8, there is more emphasis on drumming. Now that the production is clearly audible, Vita worked on improving his parts, playing some cool patterns alongside the guitar/bass onslaught. Also, he pushes the two when needed, adding a lot to the overall dynamics. The little details make the difference and it helps. While it might not be their best LP, this sure is a strong addition to the catalog. It sees them branching out, strengthening the foundations and advancing on their quest to craft the heaviest riffs possible.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2017


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Another strong album from Ufomammut (although I find Ecate and Eve slightly better).



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGYzKlSXL2o

'Warsheep' video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNuOfxL6afE

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teamster
September 23rd 2017


2186 Comments


Ah yes. Glad someone reviewed this. Love this band. Album is sitting in RAR just waiting to be untied. Might do that today because of you. Excellent review and thanks.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2017


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Thanks! It's a bloody heavy ride!

Evokaphile
September 23rd 2017


6516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome awesome awesome. Good on ya for reviewing this one it slays hard

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2017


1890 Comments


this'll bang. sweet review man.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2017


908 Comments


Forgot to check this yesterday. Exited to jam and I'm confident after the review.

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Sinternet
September 23rd 2017


15113 Comments


Ecate was really good so hyped to check this, sweet review

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2017


4400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Thanks! They never disappoint.

polyrhythm
September 23rd 2017


1341 Comments


goat band, looking forward to checking this

Sinternet have you heard their other records, Eve / Snailking / Lucifer Songs etc?

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tacos n stuff
September 23rd 2017


2708 Comments


i bet this has riffs

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Evokaphile
September 23rd 2017


6516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If by riffs you mean monolithic slabs of undulating distortion that splits atoms at the subatomic level then yes, this has riffs.

tacos n stuff
September 23rd 2017


2708 Comments


pumped to bump this when i can, if it's on par with ecate and snailking im hype

teamster
September 23rd 2017


2186 Comments


The ender on Ecate is exactly what the fuck I am talking about.

kingdedethefifth
September 23rd 2017


4668 Comments


This absolutely sounds like my shit. Sweet review dude.

deathschool
September 24th 2017


21929 Comments


Sweet. Gotta check. Love this band.

Adabelle
September 24th 2017


4335 Comments


Niceeeeee, also gotta check. They're touring UK too so might go see 'em

Dewinged
September 24th 2017


7053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stomp after stomp.



Great review Raul.

Evokaphile
September 25th 2017


6516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The resonance between the keys and guitars here sounds a like fucking didgeridoo from outer space. Love it.

teamster
September 25th 2017


2186 Comments


Band is on it's way to the HoF no?

AdolfChrist
September 25th 2017


13603 Comments


gotta doom this fucking hard.

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