The stunning vinyl for hallowed Northern Irish bruisers SLOMATICS new album ‘Estron’ is out now via Head Of Crom Records, it’s limited to 300 copies on dried blood red vinyl, the audio was mastered by James Plotkin, while the artwork was once again handled by Tony Roberts and it’s now available to purchase direct from the label HERE, or if you prefer things a little more digital, the CD, which is being released via Burning World, can be Pre-Ordered HERE.
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.
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.