(Still image from the “Warsheep” video)
The Italian alchemic juggernaut, Ufomammut, masters of melding uncompromisingly heavy magic with psychedelic swirls, recently announced news of a brand new studio recording, 8, which shall arrive on 22nd September via Neurot Recordings.
Prior to the album’s release, the trio delight fans with an early extract from the record in the form of a video for the song “Warsheep” which you can view below. The band describe their intentions of the video…”it is inspired by the lyrics of the song which in itself is a play on the words “Worship”. The protagonist takes a symbolic journey from the natural human condition to the trappings of the dogmas of society, religion etc. The principle idea being that thought is blind and is caged into the illusion of being free.” Adding to the video’s eerie atmosphere, the setting is in an abandoned villa in Italy, and the surrounding woodland.
In the spirit of record collecting rituals, and to offer something special to fans ahead of the full album release, Ufomammut are also sharing “Warsheep” as a limited edition 7″. Available in a small run of 500 pieces, and with the cover handprinted with gold iridescent and red inks on pearlescent paper by Malleus, the record shall be released via Supernatural Cat on 15th June, and will be available for pre-order via the label’s website, and via Neurot stores too. Check out newly announced live shows below…
UFOMAMMUT FESTIVAL AND OTHER LIVE SHOWS:
16.06.17 – Freak Valley Fest – Netphen, DE
18.06.17 – Hellfest – Clisson, FR
04.08.17 – Disintegrate Your Ignorance Fest – Giavera del Montello, IT
05.08.17 – Lake on fire Festival – Rohrbach in Oberösterreich, Austria
06.09.17 – Moscow – Volta, RU
07.09.17 – St. Petersburg – MOD, RU
AUTUMN TOUR WITH USNEA:
30.09.17 – FR, Paris – La Boule Noire
01.10.17 – FR, Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
03.10.17 – UK, London – Borderline
04.10.17 – BEL, Brussels – Magasin 4
05.10.17 – DE, Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
06.10.17 – CH, Pratteln – Up in Smoke Festival
07.10.17 – NL, Nijmegen – Soulcrusher Festival @ Doornroosje Festival
08.10.17 – DE, Bielefeld – Forum
10.10.17 – NO, Oslo – Blitz
11.10.17 – SWE, Stockholm – Klub Undergangen
13.10.17 – FIN, Helsinki – Korjaamo Blowup VOL. 3 Festival
14.10.17 – FIN, Tampere – Olympia-Kortelli
16.10.17 – DK, Copenhagen – KB 18
17.10.17 – DE, Berlin – Lido
18.10.17 – DE, Hamburg – Markthalle
19.10.17 – DE, Leipzig – Werk 2
20.10.17 – POL, Wroclaw – Firley
21.10.17 – CZ, Prague – 007
22.10.17 – DE, Munich – Keep It Doom Festival
Read on for more information about 8…
Sonically and symbolically, 8 is not only wickedly limitless in its heaviness, powerfulness and commanding nature, but how it arrests the listener’s mind creating a wholly unbounded and impenetrable sensory experience. Laden with symbolic nuances, 8 most obviously gestures towards this being Ufomammut’s 8th offering, comprised of 8 stunningly immersive tracks that flow into each other without interruption. This flow can also be seen when you tip 8 horizontally, thus it morphs into the leniscate from algebraic geometry – ∞ – a plane curve that meets at central point – or more commonly known as the infinity symbol. A continuous stream of movement reflective of the uninterrupted nature of the album but also the continued togetherness of the essential elements of the band – Urlo, Poia and Vita – since the beginning of the band’s history. ∞ tipped vertically sees us return to the number 8. It must be stressed there is no singular pronunciation of the title, 8 is to be spoken in every language e.g. “eight” in English, “otto” in Italian, “acht” in German and so on.
As stated, 8 is a continuous flux of music, a singular entity, which can be defined in micro measurements by its eight satellite songs. Each track expands upon the preceding song, unfolding into an exceedingly dense, malevolent and formidable journey, resulting in this being Ufomammut’s most extreme venture yet, with no permittance for breathing space in the 48 minutes. The album’s predecessor Ecate has now been put to rest and we can be assured that 8 is an essential turning point in the infinity that is Ufomammut’s sonic.
Recorded at Crono Sound Factory in Vimodrone, Milano (IT), 8 is a major turning point in the heavy alchemic arts, with the elements of Ufomammut’s recording constellation being re-aligned. Although the musicians within Ufomammut’s collective remain unturned, a change in recording approach saw the trio playing and recording live together in the same room, even utilising their live sound engineer Ciccio and his project FEMORE for production purposes, with Fabrizio San Pietro on mixing duties. Overdubs were used only for vocals, synth sounds and small details with the result of such endeavour being a stricter focus on the soul, darkened groove and overall cohesion of the music and themselves as musicians. In turn, 8 clarified to Ufomammut who they are as a unit now and their new sonic path…
8 is due for release on September 22nd on vinyl and CD formats via Neurot Recordings and on a limited and regular edition vinyl via Supernatural Cat. Pre order information, and more to be revealed over the coming months.