Thursday, 26 May 2016

Ommadon - "Ommadon" (Album Review) & Tour News

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 08/04/2016
Label: Dry Cough Records |
Medusa Crush Recordings



Events slowly unfold, occupying a compelling middle ground between the hypnotic amplifier worship of Sunn O))) and the barely-moving leaden doom of Monarch!. Riffs emerge from the gloom, shifting forms accented by gut-punching drums.  If immersion in deepest, darkest drone appeals, take a plunge in Ommadon’s well of despair.

“Ommadon” DD//LP track listing:

Side A). VI
Side B). VI

The Review:

Imagine being trapped in a cave. You realise all exits are blocked and notice water is pooling around your feet. As the water level rises you come to the grim realisation that there is nothing you can do but accept your fate. Ommadon’s new self-titled LP perfectly captures this claustrophobic finality.

The Glasgow duo have taken the seismic droning and glacial riffs of previous releases and consolidated them into the single punishing 42 minute track that makes up this LP. A buzzing cloud of ominous electronics sets the tone, their menace soon magnified by the oppressive weight of impenetrable guitar sludge. Events slowly unfold, occupying a compelling middle ground between the hypnotic amplifier worship of Sunn O))) and the barely-moving leaden doom of Monarch!. Riffs emerge from the gloom, shifting forms accented by gut-punching drums. Ommadon always threaten to lock into a groove but pull back from the precipice, driving the tension ever higher and denying the listener the release they crave. When they finally lurch into a planet-shifting doom assault after what seems like an eternity of creeping dread, the effect is devastating. When the dust finally settles following the conclusion of the LP, the relief is palpable.

Dry Cough and Medusa Crush Records have already served up some killer albums this year from the likes of Sea Bastard, Primitive Man and Sealclubber but this release is a different kind of heaviness. If immersion in deepest, darkest drone appeals, take a plunge in Ommadon’s well of despair. 

“Ommadon” is available here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook

Ommadon and relentlessly primitive sludge of Legion of Andromeda (Japan) join forces to demolish the UK in June and July 2016.



Live Rituals

SATURDAY 25TH JUNE: BRIGHTON, TBC
SUNDAY 26TH JUNE: PLYMOUTH, Underground, 15 Mutley Plain, PL4 6JG
MONDAY 27TH JUNE: NOTTINGHAM, The Chameleon, 17 Angel Row, NG1 6HL
TUESDAY 28TH JUNE: TBC
WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE: LEEDS, CHUNK, 275 Meanwood Road, LS7 2JD
THURSDAY 30th JUNE: GLASGOW, Nice N Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3LG
FRIDAY 1ST JULY: NEWCASTLE, Head of Steam, 2 Neville Street, NE1 5EN
SATURDAY 2ND JULY: LIVERPOOL, Maguire's Pizza Bar, 77 Renshaw Street, L1 2SJ
SUNDAY 3RD JULY: EDINBURGH, VENUE TBC
MONDAY 4TH JULY: OXFORD, the Wheatsheaf, 129 High Street, OX1 4DF
TUESDAY 5TH JULY: LONDON, The Unicorn, 227 Camden Road, NW1 9AA

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