Old Man Gloom
Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning


4.5
superb

Review

by Wolfe USER (2 Reviews)
May 21st, 2020 | 77 replies


Release Date: 05/22/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time to shake our world // Prepare to live

Old Man Gloom have withstood the eroding sands of time for 20 years. Who would’ve thought? I wonder if Santos did? Once regarded as some ‘supergroup’ from the minds behind much more beloved bands – ISIS, Cave In, Converge – the project ended up outliving most of their other bands and became arguably one of their most important ones. What seemed to have started off as a non-serious venture for jokesters to explore a gnarly take of sludgecore similar to Celestial coupled between various sample-based noise tracks and field recordings, evolved into a testament to friendship and love to everyone involved, reaching the hearts of fans all over the world.

In 2018, OMG bassist Caleb Scofield had passed away in a tragic accident and what was left after the event since then were rekindled bonds and appreciation in long-time friends, fans, and family. With none other than Cave In’s Steve Brodsky as the most appropriate candidate ever to replace Scofield, the band forged on, imprinting what they felt from the loss of their one of their best friends of 20 years, documenting and paying tributes every chance they got, into two of the most turbulent and emotional records of 2020.

Similar stylistically and in length to The Ape of God, Old Man Gloom gift us with Light of Meaning and Darkness of Being, baring more teeth and grit than ever before. The once-disconnected ambient-electronic-noise tracks had long married with the doom/hardcore moments since 2012’s NO and serve as scratchy, eerie tension created by guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner to further progress his drone/noise explorations. The Newton-led “EMF” and “True Volcano” rip through with rugged delivery and thunderous swagger in Montano’s batterings. “Wrath of the Weary” swings along from drudging, disoriented vocals and riffs before blooming to a resonant and squealing finish. As sorely missed as Scofield’s ferocious vocal contributions are, to hear Brodsky belting out his harsh-vox again is refreshing, breathing life as a new higher-pitched bellowing personality in the savageness of “Final Defeat”. Just as refreshing is Newton showcasing his singing chops behind the vulnerable buildups in the verses of “Calling You Home”. “By Love All Is Healed” holds a revisited surprise, sneakily transitioning towards a familiar riff from Seminar IX before breaking into a pounding, haunting drone march and tribalistic affirmations. Scofield is honored in spirit through his writing in “True Volcano” and “Final Defeat”, with one being an idea for Scofield’s Zozobra project and the other being the original rendition of the 2004 Christmas rearranged track, both given the 2020 OMG treatment.

With seasoned, old collaborators like Ballou and Bayles behind the production helm (per usual), bringing out the best sounding project out of the band thus far, Seminar VIII and IX bring 13 matured OMG tracks that in culmination of this project and its members’ history is a tribute and testament that love in the most arduous, exhausting, and hopeless times during loss and death will persevere.

Old Man Gloom is forever Aaron Turner, Nate Newton, Santos Montano, Steve Brodsky, and Caleb Scofield.


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3.7
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Relinquished
May 21st 2020


44784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'll likely add more later, but enjoy this wolfe rarity of a review



the tribute shows in Cali and Roadburn forever changed me and so has Scofield

calmrose
May 21st 2020


5669 Comments


hell yeah

gonna wait to jam until tomorrow, but stoked

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Thalassic
May 21st 2020


4884 Comments


Nice. Pos'd

Loved the Ape of God stuff so I don't see why I shouldn't be digging this

Intothepit
May 21st 2020


4027 Comments


This is my album of the year so far.

StarlessCore
May 21st 2020


7473 Comments


Yes, a Wolfe review

And wtf had no idea this was dropping

All Aaron turner overrated af anyway so prob mid

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Itwasthatwas
May 21st 2020


2880 Comments


Looking forward to this but won’t get to it until the weekend probably. Definitely missed Scofield on Darkness of Being

Pikazilla
May 21st 2020


11160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd!



Sick album.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2020


19772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hard pos for a swift job Wolfe, needless to say you should review more often ;)



Gonna get on this later today.

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Wizard
May 22nd 2020


20292 Comments


Yes, yes, and yes to the review and this double set of albums. Since when did you write Wolfe?

One of my favourite album(s) of 2020 so far.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2020


19772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aaaaand yeah, another fucking banger from the OMG gang. God-tier.

StarlessCore
May 22nd 2020


7473 Comments


it dont hit

Relinquished
May 22nd 2020


44784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it’s lyrics

RogueNine
May 22nd 2020


4324 Comments


Rarer than Bigfoot.

grannypantys
May 22nd 2020


2291 Comments


they really milk the quiet pauses in between songs

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Gallantin
May 22nd 2020


1748 Comments


Don't think I've listened to any Old Man Gloom since NO was released. Might give these a go.

Shuyin
May 22nd 2020


13719 Comments


The last album was a hard jam, I'll pick this one up asap
Great review btw

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2020


14033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll take a peek at this one and Seminar IX in the next few days.

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Relinquished
May 22nd 2020


44784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@granny: it’s the take-or-leave aspect of the band.



cheers everyone

Jamdbz
May 22nd 2020


680 Comments


oh shit I forgot this was coming out

Bedex
May 22nd 2020


1798 Comments


feature this

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