2018, Black Bow Records
Review by Rick Ossian
When I first saw this item in my inbox/things to check out itinerary, I decided that the name alone was worth investigating these new sounds. Many of you have no doubt checked out an album cover (vinyl or CD or what have you) and thought, “Wow, what a cool cover! I should buy this and see what these guys sound like!” That was indeed the case here, and I was amply rewarded for my efforts.
I was, in fact, so excited, that I contacted the band (MWWB) via their Facebook page to let them know I was going to be reviewing their latest work. They said they would share the link! I also got a message from them in regards to the running order:
“Hey, Master and His Emissary & Eagduru are MWWB, the other tracks are Slomatics. Slomatics do a spoken word on the outro of Eagduru, and Jess from MWWB sings backing vox on the Slomatics song Master’s Descent. Hope this helps”.
Now there was no turning back, as one can obviously see. Therefore, I decided to dive headfirst into the tunes and see what was going on.
As you might imagine, my first concern was where the ‘split’ was. In other words, where did Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard end and where did the Slomatics begin? As I listened, I realized that the distinction didn’t really matter. When listening to the songs, it occurred to me that both bands were of the same mind when it came to the music. Both are post-apocalyptic doom and gloom purveyors. Both put freaky vocals on top of the sludge to enhance the proceedings; at least, that’s what the music led me to believe.
For example, when I listened to the final track, I was reminded of things that I had noticed from the first track. From the monumental pounding of The Master and His Emissary to the space-like dirge of Master’s Descent, this could be both bands at the same time!
Of course there are riffs that could signal the end of the world. Of course there are strange vocals throughout. There are also lots of FX and synth-laden intros. I was reminded of Sleep at some moments, which made perfect sense because of the similarity in genres. The first track even made me think it was an instrumental until the chanting broke out. Doom and gloom lords will no doubt fanboy fawn over Eagduru and Ancient Architects, both mega-epic leviathans of echo and mighty riffs with angelic and oftentimes indistinct mutterings of vocal over the top of everything.
Let us get to the meat of the music right here and now. If you like your metal in molten sludge form, then you will no doubt enjoy this new pairing of the boys from Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and Slomatics.