Back by popular demand! We just got word back from the plant that the repress of Estron by Slomatics on orange vinyl will be with us early march 2015. This will mean in time for Roadburn and in time to send it out to you 2nd week of march. SO get in on the action and order here.
The album is widely recognised as one of the best things Slomatics have done and it’s still getting picked up here and there as one of the top albums of last year.
“With cover art that looks like a cross between something they forgot to include in Dune and a scene from the most awesome episode of Bravestarr ever made, it’s hard to fathom why Estron has so far been so overlooked… Where this trio of Belfast based bastards of the bludgeon have triumphed is in tweaking their sound just enough that Estron contains more than a few surprises when compared to its predecessor, A Hocht, whilst still dragging behind it the same monstrously sluggish slew of brain-injuring riffs that they’ve become known for. As [does] the Blade Runner-gone wrong ‘Red Dawn’ and the all-encompassing epic closer ‘The Carpenter’.”
You can leave it to JJ over at The obelisk to do the right thing. He missed the release of Estron by Slomatics last year but realized his mistake and made up for it with a glowing review published last week. Read a quote from that review below. In other good news: we at Burning World Records already released Estron on cd but when the band asked us if we would be up for it to re-release the album on vinyl as the original version on the Head Of Crom-label was sold out of course we jumped at the chance: yes! Hell yeah even!
Hallowed Northern Irish bruisers SLOMATICS have just released a new video of a taster off the forthcoming album ‘Estron‘. The track, ‘Troglorite‘, opens up the new opus, due to be released in February on limited edition dried blood coloured 12″ vinyl by Head of Crom Records and CD by Burning World.
SLOMATICS are effervescent about their fourth studio album release, which by all accounts is their strongest to date, and features seven dense and dark tracks of muscular psychoactive Melvinite doom, shot through with an early seventies Hawkwind-style fetid space vibe.
And the first reviews are already in. Over at Sludgelord they call the album: “A real triumph of quality and structure, and a new height scaled in an already stellar career of amp vandalism. It’s just that this time they really want to leave a lasting mark.” Vertical chamber Apparatus adds: ‘The seven tracks of ‘Estron’ are interconnected and bleed into each other for what could be, essentially, a near forty minute trip through the outermost reaches of the galaxy. The band has continued to push their sound and their extremes while managing to remain as heavy, if not heavier, than most of their down-tuned contemporaries.’
SLOMATICS formed in Belfast in 2005, from the ashes of post-hardcore local heroes The Naut. According to the ‘Kalceanna’ album sleeve, SLOMATICS are “middle-aged professionals by day, agro-sludge losers by night”. They have names too: David (guitar); Chris (guitar) and new boy Marty (drums and vocals – he replaced long-time member Joe in 2011). It’s hard to pin their sound down. There is a more than a hint of a hardcore past and a good dash of the expansive sludge of early Melvins, but at the end of the day, SLOMATICS sound like SLOMATICS.
No bassist features within their line-up. Dig that daddio. SLOMATICS rely on the singular (and almost quasi-religious) power of the riff, augmented by minimalist rhythms and very low frequencies, and aided by a formidable slew of Matamps and fuzz pedals. As of late 2011, original vocalist/drummer Joe left, and new drummer/vocalist Marty (of fellow Belfast band War Iron) joined. ‘Estron‘ marks a new chapter in the history of Ireland’s greatest and heaviest exponents of pure doomedelica.