Black Helium – Primitive Fuck

Alright Tzertzelos followers, it’s been quite a while since we posted any reviews as current crew members have been quite preoccupied lately. Nevertheless, let’s kick off again with underground band Black Helium that I feel will ascend to great heights through the release of this debut album. Comprised of heavy friends Stuart Gray (vocals/guitar), Beck Harvey (vocals/bass) Davey Mulka (guitar) and Ben Davies (drums), this band brought a truly unique mix of sound to my ears.

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The album art shown in the first image will give you the right impression right off the bat. Imagine encountering your sludge demons on Psilocybin, while huddled together in a galactic orb swooping criss cross through “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. As said in the press release “‘Primitive Fuck’ represents the birth of a band your psychiatrist warned you about”.

Okay that sounds like a completely insane trip but let me take you through this festivity of delirium track by track:

Beginning with “Drowsy Shores“, you start wondering if this might be a country album until at 1:43 it hits you with heavy riffage and the rolls on the snare combined with some nimble-fingered bass brings you to an awesome metal theme that will also perfectly finish this track.

After that it’s time to start moving. Reminding me of those ZZ Top booty shaking tracks, “Love The Drugs” brings the boogie until the band decides space is the place for a laid back intermezzo which I’m sure could be even more elaborate on a live session of this track. Bass and drum announce the return of the main riff and I’m easily bouncing around again.

Wicked Witch” I consider to be narrative poem guided musically by pretty sweet doomy riffs ending in a QOTSA like eeriness fitting to the lyrics. This continues right into the next track “Summer Spells” until a little over one minute in sludge is calling you for a head bang. After a return to the ghostly theme, you are met yet again with the heavy double guitars before slowly fading out.

Into something I hear as a heavy version of a Sonic Youth type of intermediate track “Videodrone“. A short one riff themed song with chaotic horns proving again that you can expect the least expected from this band.

Now we get to my personal favorite “Curtains At The Mausoleum“. Being a big fan of an expansive build up in songs, this song represents what I love about psych and space rock. Solid drum and bass keeping the groove with guitars and noise just lifting you off to higher grounds. Absolute love for this track!

But hey get back to earth and dust off those boogie shoes for the heavy yet glam track “Do You Want To Come Out Tonight?” and to answer that question, “for damn sure if you guys are playing”!

Last track, title track “Primitive Fuck” has the heaviest and sludgiest score off the whole album but first we pass an uptempo start before they get to that loud and (s)low goodbye. With noise sounding like screams straight out of purgatory you are left wondering what the hell did I just experience. In my case going back to the first track after this made me think this album’s tracklist is set up like an ouroboros, a great example of cyclicality.

The album releases 20th of July but you can hear two released songs, see a promo video and pre-order here!

 

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Big thanks to Andi of Riot Season for access to the tracks!

 

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Ufomammut – 8

Ladies & gentlemen, 2 days have passed since the official release of the Italian psychedelic doomsters Ufomammut most recent album ‘8’ that is also their eighth studio release. ‘8’ was released the 22nd of September 2017 by Neurot Recordings while the LP version is released by Supernatural Cat records.

While i am a fan of Ufomammut the last 7 years, you can imagine my anxiety for “8”‘s release! Let’s dive into this & start our analysis!

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The album starts with ‘Babel’, which is a quite powerful & aggressive introduction to the album. It starts atmospherically but gradually it puts the listener to the band’s dark realm slowly & cunningly. After the first notes, the listener is teleported without a notice in Ufomammut’s plane, where the band launches unceasingly black holes & obsidian monoliths from altar ruins!
‘Warsheep’ (released also as a single in June) or better, the Trojan horse of persistent psychedelic doom nightmares follows, which ultimately will force you headbang without even noticing. Your body would follow the vibrations, you need to let it go and let the cloud of doom engulf you gracefully. ‘Zodiac’ is a sequence of mountains & valleys, a recursive melody imbued with Urlo’s vocals, resulting into psyching out the whole structure! It calms in order to earn you some moments to take a breath of safety and returns with a fuzzy sequence of electric atmospheres thrown to your face!
‘Fatum’ is the perfect glue/interlude between ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Prismaze’ that follows.
‘Prismaze’ is a chaotic & violent storm (with moments that reminded me of Oro – Opus Alter), that calms for some brief moments and then launches the final attack with fury, in order to demolish everything that stands still between the debris. One of my favorite tracks of the album for sure!
‘Core’ is a slow and relentless hammering track; initially Poia’s guitar crawls and then ultimately screams along Ufomammut’s universe while in parallel you visualize the rhythm section of the band as one opaque entity accompanying the guitar’s suffering! Another favorite track!
‘Wombdemonium’ is a slow & thick doom track that acts as a remedy for all the damage
you got from this trip, during your esoteric journey to Ufomammut’s ‘8’. But still, ‘8’ is not done yet.
The album’s last track ‘Psyrcle’ is another powerful adventure, imbued by Urlo’s psalms & FXs, a final transcendence to Ufomammut’s astral plane is achieved gracefully. Patterns repeated, evolved, a frantic climax & then finally, catharsis…Then trying to put everything together, to understand what you just witnessed…then press ‘Play’, again!

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In my opinion, that is what i was expecting from Ufomammut, to be able to beat their
past reincarnations & triumph as winners! And they did it with grace & determination.
The rhythm section was really tied up, their sound could be visualized as a cement/metal compound, opaque, thick & heavy. The bass lines could though be independent at cases, emphasizing important moments of the tracks, kinda more independent than the previous work, which is a very good thing. Great work has been done also at the FX section that accompanied the trio’s journey, really assisting dramatically the listener’s transcendence to the psychedelic doom realm of the Italians.
Really happy about this work, and easily one of my favorite releases so far for 2017. And one of my favorite Ufomammut albums!

Check their bandcamp page below & support the band!
https://ufomammut.bandcamp.com/album/8-2

Cheers!

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The Tracker app offers a tag filter which you can feed according to your preferences. The tag filter contains tags/keywords that are related to our recommended artists. By picking different tags from the filter, you can customize your view over the future events that the app shows. Tags can be words related to a genre, style, artist, producer, anything you could imagine.

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