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Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars One of sludge metal's most underrated bands release a soundtrack for giant mammoths trudging through space.

Ufomammut have been known as one of the more experimental bands in the sludge metal scene and generally add a thicker dose of psychedelic atmosphere than others, which makes them stand out quite a bit in the genre, considering that a lot of sludge bands simply churn out bland , uninspired Black Sabbath riffs album after album. This band gives its listeners deep, dreamy, heavy soundscapes to get lost in without sacrificing the strong riff-based structure that typically defines the sludge metal genre.

But, for the most part, Oro: Opus Primium is a lot more focused on psychedelic atmosphere, much like Eve was, as opposed to their heavier metalheaded albums like Snailking. This album in particular might be their slowest to date -- each song features heavy, ultra-fuzzy stoner rock riffs that move at a mammoth's crawl towards the finish line, though each track seems to almost never end, but that's mostly because this whole album runs together as a single 51-minute supreme sludgy psych epic.

Maybe not entirely retro, but a lot of the psychedelic element in this album is created by pseudo old school synthesizers and sequencers that personally remind me of music by the original Berlin school masters of the 1970s. Intermittent electronic buzzing and occasional ambient washes successfully enhance the profound drugginess of this music. As for the guitars and bass, the expected extreme fuzzy distortion is what you'll hear, but it somehow seems a bit more dense and oppressive than similar distortion utilized by most sludge metal contemporaries. The bass especially is low enough to rattle your brain if listened to on speakers loud enough or with quality headphones.

The compositions are entirely instrumental and extremely slow. This is definitely not running or exercise music at all, but rather something to lie down and relax while listening to, as to absorb the full metallic spacial impact that Ufomammut have to offer. There are no choruses, no real verses, and probably no familiar structure other than what could be considered as general post-rock structure in that each track starts off one way and slowly builds to a powerful climax or otherwise progressive endpoint. Out of all of the Ufomammut albums I've listened to, Oro: Opus Primium is probably one of their least accessible but, at the same time, deepest album. There are so many new sounds to be discovered in each slow-burning and deceptively simple movements upon each consecutive listen. I'm positive that most fans of sludge metal will probably enjoy this if they don't mind giving some serious patience to the listening process, but I'd be willing to bet that a lot of old school psychedelic rock fans might enjoy this just as much.

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