The long sold out split EP by 2 of the greatest stoner / doom bands from across the pond (well from here on the European mainland that is) is available again after being sold out for a long time on original label Head Of Crom. We are talking about Conan and Slomatics of course.
The album has been repressed on blue and red color vinyl and in a limited amount of 500. If you need your copy please go here.
Head Of Crom described the split at the time as:
A three piece of such sluggish might that even the Old Ones themselves are wary. Their debut album ‘Horseback Battle Hammer’ originally sold out on Throne in a very short space of time, confirming the magnetic draw their dense yet beautiful sound has. Conan explore a new-found psychedelic prowess here, yet still retain their trademark tone of impossibly low-end power. These three crushing tracks were recorded by Chris Fielding at Foel Studio, against the backdrop of a bleak gale and a howling storm. Additional vocals were contributed by spacelord Dave Anderson (ex-Hawkind / Amon Duul II), stepping up the psych-factor one notch further.
This Belfast-based trio of grandiose riff-runts have been rocking since 2004. Along the way they have amassed two albums, three splits and a slavish cult following. These Hibernian doomhounds are quirky and unlike anyone else, although it has been alleged that they share some genetic material with early Melvins. Beautiful and enticing perhaps, but undoubtedly heavy as hell.
James Plotkin (Khanate, Isis, Earth) was the natural and most brutal choice for mastering duties on both sides of the split and with beautiful artwork by Tony Roberts.
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.
Another installment of our ongoing ‘new arrivals’ series. New vinyl from Svart Records, 20 Buck Spin, Head of Crom, Norma Evangelica Diaboli and Temporary Residence among others.
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Slomatics have made the second track from their third album A Hocht available for streaming on their Bandcamp page. The cd is in production now and set to arrive first week of September 2012. We have started the pre-order for the cd at the Burning World Records site if you want to make sure to get your copy, probably even before the official release date. Vinyl duties are handled by our friends at Head Of Crom.