Ufomammut - Ecate review


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Band: Ufomammut
Album: Ecate
Release date: March 2015

01. Somnium
02. Plouton
03. Chaosecret
04. Temple
05. Revelation
06. Daemon

Italy's three-piece doom/stoner/psychedelic group Ufomammut have returned with their latest offering of spacey, quirky, heavy-as-hell brand of ritualistic sludge metal. Ecate is another benchmark in Ufomammut's timeline, arriving on the heels of their latest magnum opus, the two-disc epic journey Oro. Ecate is a bit different in that it's very accessible; a barrage of quiet, ambient phases tied together in a rudimentary way with mind-melting, dense, and crushing dynamics.

When I think of Ufomammut's discography the first thing that comes to mind is that the music really is a complicated listen. There are so many moving parts and different reaches into metal sub-genres that I can't blame metallurgists for taking a pass. Ecate is a whole new approach for Ufomammut. Simplifying song structures, gone are many of the cerebral elements. Instead the focus seems to be on rough and unpolished sludge-style idiosyncrasies. Although this may seem like a downgrade, if you listen well enough, Ecate still infuses many propulsive and constantly engaging soundscapes. A genius maneuver because this variety allows the heavier parts to be more accentuated and made out to be more tangible. It almost seems like Ufomammut wanted to give our brains a rest and let the music be absorbed with our heart, soul, and fists.

The production and overall presentation is done perfectly. Sparingly used but varied and effect-ridden post metal-style screamed vocals are securely encrypted underneath the immense wall of sound. Layered, down-tuned guitar sequences and heavy bass and drums generate the backbone for the album. Black Sabbath influenced riffs are at the forefront, further demonstrating accessibility on Ecate and many of them are memorable. Their are plenty of atmospheric subtleties that come along with any Ufomammut album; ambient and spacey sections generated by other-worldly keyboards and synthesizers in maximum effect - how the hell do they make all of those weird sounds? The last song, "Daemons", is the best example of all these elements in perfect synchronicity and my favorite song (it contains one of the best riffs I have heard in a long time) on the 45 minute-long album.

Metal fans complain about their favorite bands getting monotonous, re-making the same album over and over. Although Ufomammut still use some of their trademark tendencies on Ecate, the album is a welcomed change from anything they've ever done. It's a different kind of wide, sonic content and a humble accession to hallucinogenic spaciness found in their music. Kudos to them, I love when bands mix it up a bit.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Written on 03.04.2015 by Be gentle, I never said I was any good at this!


Comments: 6   Visited by: 167 users
03.04.2015 - 11:51
Giant robot
I haven't got around to this one yet, thanks for the reminder. I'm not sure I'll like the small change though.
03.04.2015 - 13:50
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Ilham on 03.04.2015 at 11:51

I haven't got around to this one yet, thanks for the reminder. I'm not sure I'll like the small change though.

its streaimg , read ms news ,I put on save it , I was working could not listen, easter, extra work, mire cash, more beers
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03.04.2015 - 13:56
Will definitely check this release out over the weekend.
03.04.2015 - 20:26
Came because of the album cover, stayed because of the review. Nice job, sounds pretty interesting. Knowing your tastes, I'd assume this has some posty elements in it, but I've actually been enjoying post a lot more lately, so it could end up winning me over. Only one way to find out...
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Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
03.04.2015 - 20:53
I'd heard the name before, but this album tempted me to check them out. I'm now ploughing through their past albums and they're consistently very enjoyable in their mix of stoner/sludge doom with some mild psychedelia. Nice stuff
04.04.2015 - 06:54
Intrigued, have enjoyed some of their prior works immensely, and want to check out this "new" direction.

nice work, T.
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