Album of the Day: Slomatics / Conan – Split

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Label: Black Bow Records

Originally released seven years ago, the split between sonter/drone/doom legends Conan and psychedelic doom explorers Slomatics is seeing a reissue on vinyl in June. It’s a fine split, and one that has been reissued several times before, but it still has a lot to offer, given that it’s the kind of record that’s perfectly summed up by the cover art of a warrior riding a snail – it’s slow, it’s heavy, and it’s incredibly powerful.

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Review: Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard / Slomatics – Totems (split)

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Label: Black Bow Records

When isn’t a split a split? When it’s Totems. Though it would be somewhat accurate to consider the new record featuring Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (MWWB) and Slomatics a split, it’s also been described by both bands as a collaboration, with the bands sharing ideas during the recording of Totems. It helps make the record stand out from most other splits released, and the creative process has obviously paid dividends, as the songs here build upon the success of previous records – Y Proffwyd Dwyll and Future Echo Returns, respectively – to produce something captivating, and as strong as either band has ever been.

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Slomatics – Future Echo Returns

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Label: Black Bow Records

It seems incredible to think that, in this day and age, there are still some bands who don’t realise that there’s more to being heavy than just volume. It’s all well and good turning your amps up to 11, but without moments of contrast and actual songs, such volume ends up being counter-productive, resulting in nothing more than ambiance. Loud ambiance, admittedly, but background music nonetheless. It’s a mistake Slomatics could never be accused of making, as their latest album, Future Echo Returns, is a superb example of how contrast is just as important as volume in terms of heaviness. It’s also one of the more enjoyable doom/stoner records I’ve heard this year.

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