Slomatics will release Futurians: Live At Roadburn on vinyl and digital this october on Roadburn Records.
JJ Koczan from the Obelisk about the Slomatics gig at Roadburn 2017 captured on this release: “The most pummeling tones I’ve heard over the course of the last three days. “Electric Breath,” “Return to Kraken,” “And Yet it Moves,” “Supernothing” — this is the stuff of lumbering, rolling, molten doom supremacy, and as they’re five records deep into a tenure that one hopes continues into perpetuity”
The band commented on their performance on the legendary festival beforehand:
“To say we’re excited about playing Roadburn would be an understatement,” says guitarist David Majury. “It’s funny how something like a music festival can take on almost mythical proportions, but if any festival has done so it’s definitely Roadburn! We’ve had an association with the festival through our records being on Burning World Records, so it feels good to be finally hauling our fuzz pedals over to Tilburg.”
With Majury and Chris Couzens on guitar and drummer / vocalist Marty Harvey also handling synth, Slomatics defy logic with their sheer amount of low-end output. As the follow-up to 2014’s Estron and 2012’s A Hocht, Future Echo Returns (2016) was the third in a trilogy of albums, rounding out an extended story that the band purposefully leaves open for interpretation.
“I’m delighted we’ll be joining the 2017 edition of Roadburn,” echoes Couzens. “We’ve seen some incredible performances in Tilburg over the years and been blown away how the locals embrace the hordes of music fans that descend on them. It’ll be fantastic to join that special atmosphere as a performer in April!”
In honour of Slomatics appearance at the Roadburn Festival 2017 this April we are very happy to announce that their last album Estron is back in print on vinyl. The rerelease of the original Head Of Crom-vinyl was sold out in months so we decided to do another run. 300 copies pressed on white vinyl this time around. Please note:
This is a pre-order. Items will be sent out 3rd week of March 2017.
Roadburn Festival 2017 pick-up is also possible. Please mail [email protected] if this applies to you. We’ll refund you your shipping costs right away.
Dual-guitar riff excavators Slomatics released their fourth full-length, Estron, last year on Burning World Records, and for those who’d worship at an altar of tone, it makes a suitable icon. The Belfast, Northern Ireland, trio roll out sans bass but want nothing for low end, Chris Couzens and David Majury contributing tectonic force on songs like “Tunnel Dragger” and “Lost Punisher” while drummer/vocalist Marty Harvey (also of War Iron) sets the lurch in motion, his voice echoing deep from within the band’s well-honed morass. Songs are spacious but consuming and full, and on the 38-minute offering there’s really only one moment of letup: the two-minute ambient interlude “Red Dawn” that precedes closer “The Carpenter” (also the longest track at 10:26). Beyond that, Slomatics offer few opportunities (some, but few) to let the air back into their listeners’ lungs, and that’s clearly the idea. Estron marked not only their fourth long-player, but also their first decade in the band, Couzens and Majury having started Slomatics in 2004 and Harvey joining in 2011 between their breakout split with Conan (review here) and 2012’s A Hocht full-length, released on Head of Crom. In that decade, and in any case well before they got around to Estron, Couzens and Majury figured out what they wanted from their assault, and Estron bears the fruit of their hammering-out. Though slow-moving, the album is fluid front to back, and it thanks in no small part to Harvey‘s vocals, it has a sense of melody to complement its crushing, nigh-on-claustrophobic tonality.
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!
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.
There is it again, your regular, unregular update of the latest records that graced the desks of the Burning World Records staff. Special attention for the Sunn/Ulver-coop Terrestrial, Best Spectres and Slomatics Estron vinyl. All 3 are very limited and expected to sell out in a few weeks. So grab your chance now and pick them up! Don’t say at Roadburn Festival in april that you missed out. Because .. well .. we told you so ;-).
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.
Because we missed a week last week we are gonna do something special this week.
Take your pick of these 11 titles from our catalogua and only spend 10 bucks (not including postage)! The ideal way to complete your Burning World or Roadburn Records collection.
How does it work? Just pay for the items and put in the Paypal-comments which titles you want. If you order more we will work out the cheapest way of shipping and refund you the surplus on the shipping payments you made.
This is the list, get the sale here or browse through all the summer sale items here:
The Angelic Process – Coma Wearing CD
A Storm Of Light – Valley CD
Black Magician – Nature is the Devil’s church CD
Bong – Live At Roadburn CD
Church Of Misery – Live At Roadburn CD
Slomatics – A Hocht CD
Stone Axe – Stone Axe CD
White Darkness – Nothing CD
White Hills – Live At Roadburn CD
Wino – Live At Roadburn CD
Year Of No Light – Live At Roadburn CD
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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