Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Primum
Lethal Italian instrumentalists return with a quick but massive EP that creates more than a little buzz for their next tour and full-length. The five tracks on "Oro: Opus Primum" default on noisy brutal riffs, though they also explore ambient and silence. UFOMAMMUT
are by now experts at such explorations, and the confidence they exude
only adds to the density of the crunch.
"Empireum" leads it off, a majestic spacey epic, filled with darkness, silence and fitful
bursts of noise. "Aureum" begins where the opener peaked, and sustains a punishing reverb-soaked groove throughout. They clearly peak on "Infearnatural," a crass, gigantic slab of instrumental poetic fury; the best track in the set. The final songs cover a wide range of sound, from" Magickon's" trippy ambient to the closing" Mindomine," a heavy and heady mix or summary of the light and dark, soft and loud explorations throughout the EP.
For a dozen or so years now, the trio of Urlo, Poia and Vita-UFOMAMMUT-have slowly learned to understand how to manipulate volume, time and silence into a wall of
soundscapes that are as powerful as any metal band and subtle as any ambient
synth conglomerate. This latest EP, "Oro: Opus Primum," is a further progression into heady waters: a work that is as mature as it is devastating. Relax, UFOMAMMUT are in control; well, maybe keep one eye open for sudden bursts from another dimension
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