Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Suma/Ultraphallus Split

Split 7" cover art

Album Type 7" Inch Split, Disc 2
Album Status: Released Mar 19th 2012
Label: Hell Comes Home

What we have here Sludge heads, is Disc 2 of the Hell Comes Home vinyl Boxset. I first mentioned the boxset on 26th April.   Featuring new and exclusive recordings from some of the best sludge doom metal bands around, the boxset is running for 6 months from March to August 2012 consecutively. 
Once you subscribe to the package, which is $69.99, you will receive two new splits7-inch vinyls in the post every month. The last package will include a special limited edition box and a t-shirt to complete the set, with a choice of sizes from small, medium, large and x-large.   Check out the package here
Last week I featured Kowloon Walled City and Thou.  Today on the the second installment are Suma and Ultraphallus.  Both tracks are new and previously unreleased tracks.

1. Geisteskrank  5:03
1. Young Bones 4:02

Suma are a sludge/doom band from Malmö, Sweden.  They formed around 10 years ago and they have release 5 split EP's (w/ Pyramido and Unearthly Trance) and also 3 full length albums. 

Their current line up consists of
Johan  - Bass
Erik - Drums
Peter - Guitars
Jovan - Vocals

So what we are presented with from Suma, an astonishing band from Sweden, is Geisteskrank.  Whilst I'm not sure of the literal translation, I think it roughly translates as 'mad', 'insane' 'brainsick' or 'sick in the mind'.  The song has a strangely hynoptic feel to it, it is blindingly fast from the outset and what you notice,  is the atmospheric quality of the song,  feeling almost like a score to a horror movie, with the fuzz from the massive wall of sound, seemlingly creating a vibe that you're being chased in a blizzard by something or someone.  The track is relentless and perhaps the only significant change in tone of the song, is when you are hit with a batch of monstrous riffs and the cacophony of drums battering your senses.  Vocally, Jovan is barely audible over the fearsome sound of sludgey guitars, feeling as if there is about 20 guitars being played at once, such is the magnitude and scale of the din you are experiencing.  The song Suma have provided for this disc is astonishing and it is a breathtaking 5 minute thrill ride.  You can listen to the track below to experience the enormity of this track.

Ultraphallus are described as a experimental sludge/doom band from Liege, Belgium.  They formed in 2002 and have released 3 full length albums and 1 EP, prior to this split.   The lesser known of the two bands here, however due to comparison with the Melvins, they are beginning to make a name for themselves. Ultraphallus mix elements of Metal, Doom, Rock and Noise to their sound, creating something entirely unique. 

Their current line up consists of
Ewe Marguerie
Bockiau The Goat
Billy Goat Maggi

'Young Bones' is an entirely different beast from Suma's track.  It is more straight forward in terms of sound, but no less intense. You're met with the sound of feedback and then the song kicks off with what could be described as a strong stoner doom riff, seemlingly one chord played over and over with only slight progression on occasions.  This forms the foundation for the first part of the song, with off kilter drums reverberating and a solid bass line playing in unison to the guitar.  Vocally it very strong but they are short lived, when the song enters the second half, proceeded by an exceedingly brutal onslaught of drums.  For the next two minutes it is all instrumental, with riffs giving way to a wailing guitar and the bass taking centre stage.  There is a repeated pattern of notes on repeat, leading into an acoustic guitar and this is relentless until the song finally concludes.  Another excellent song and further evidence that this boxset is just awesome. You can hear the track below.

So to recap, the box set is available as a subscription package, however Hell Comes Home also sell a limited quantity of the vinyls separately and you receive digital downloads coupons when you purchase them. For those of us who do not have turntables, you can purchase the songs as a digital download from their bandcamp page. For more info on this extraordinary release and the bands featured please check out the links below. Thanks to Joel from Hell Comes Home.  

I will be posting further reviews of all the discs as and when I have them. Until then, stay metal!

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