Monday, January 15, 2018

Split LP Review: "Totems" by Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and Slomatics

The world right now doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Perhaps you've been seeing what's happening in the United States?

Our President is a gameshow host. Literally.

It's time to take back some normalcy in our world. How can we do that?

My only option is to continue to tell you about sweet music that will rattle your bones and send shivers up and down your spine.

If we as human beings continue to seek out the normal and (just for a time) eschew the absurd, perhaps we can see what's ever so wrong in our world and begin to set things right.

Now, let's be clear, we're not going to set things right like Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. at that time Darth Vader) did after telling his wife that everything's going to be fine. A thought occurs as I'm writing this, my intro to this album is slightly absurd.

Please do not eschew the absurd until such point as you've read and shared this review. That would be helpful.

Totems is an album that in many ways makes perfect sense. As the title may have clued you, this is an album where each band gets a side of the record.

It starts off with Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. They were able to fill up 22 minutes of music with their sludgy off kilter metal.

It's two tracks and full ow winning.

After their meandering epic songs, the record moves into Slomatics's side. Now, they were able to get three tracks onto their side, in just under 20 minutes.

So, for anyone doing the math, this definitely a split long player. Now, the music here is great and I think anybody who's into long form metal, fuzz metal, and any other sort of slow metal you can name is totally going to dig this album, but let's talk about value.

Split EP's cost as much as this if not more. But this is a whole album full of music. You're getting two whole EP's from two whole bands.

This is a set where each band flows directly into the other and they both match each other perfectly. It's melancholy and mindless.

It's beautiful in a way that allows the listener to adhere to the teachings of A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.

Release: Spring
Label: Black Bow Records
Genre: Sludge Metal
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