Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Slomatics - "The Future Past" EP (Review)

By: Matt Fitton

 
Album Type: EP
Date Released: 16/2/2013
Label: Self Released







 
 

This is all killer, with zero of the filler. Pounding drums, great vocals and gargantuan riffs. Embrace Slomatics, and succumb to the impending neck pain with open arms.
 
 
“The Future Past” track listing

1) The Running Battle (5:10)
2) Son Of Ampbreaker (4:47)


Slomatics is:

Marty | Traps, timpani, Intergalactic Channelling
Chris | Bulldog, SuperBee, Green
David | Warpig, Meathead, Orange

The Review
 
This new Slomatics is heavy. And I mean HEAVY. If you could embody these two tracks I imagine it would take the form of a nuclear war survivors' worst fears about what is waiting for them, should they choose to open the bunker door to the remains of the outside world.
 
The first track of this dual-pronged sensory assault is 'Running Battle', It opens with what can only be described as the desperate tones of an oscilloscope trapped in a washing machine drum, before it gives up the ghost after being confronted by one of the mothers of all droning riffs. This thing is pure filth. A neck-snapper in the first degree that could move mountains from its path. It's almost too effective; it could be argued that it muffles the vocals out of the fight, but I believe it augments them. They come across as wise words rather than purely just aggressive howls. Not that howling is ever a bad thing, but it appears that wisdom was the best choice here.
 
The second offering here is the joyously titled 'Son of Ampbreaker'. If the riff for 'Running Battle' is Godzilla, then this thing is his nasty older brother who just got out of jail for crimes against amplifiers. The two blend seamlessly into each other but the sheer monolithic scale of it is a game-changer. It drones, wails and fuzzes at a slightly (and I mean only slightly) quicker pace, but it's enough to logically build to a close with some tasty Hawkwind-esque atmospherics swirling in the background. Right before it lurches off into the sunset. Having trampled your house in the process.
 
Whatever you do, DO NOT be put off by the fact that there are only two tracks available for consumption here. They bring more than enough to the table for any fan of drone or doom. I enjoyed this offering more than some albums I've heard in recent times that were packed to the gills. This is all killer, with zero of the filler. Pounding drums, great vocals and gargantuan riffs. Embrace Slomatics, and succumb to the impending neck pain with open arms.
 
“Future Past” is available here.


 
 

 
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