Ufomammut/Lento - Supernaturals “Record One”

These two Supernatural Cat Records bandmates have gathered here to record a strange hard music set that is arty and hopefully the first of a set of duo recordings from the label. Both of these bands, Ufomammut and Lento, are Italian and I have to say that in the future I hope I am able to get to know each band separately because their accomplishment is worth notice. Second, the Italian music scene is not easily acknowledged, besides Lacuna Coil and Aborym to name a couple, in the United States and if Ufomammut and Lento represent more of the Italian music scene, then let’s look their way more regularly.

The CD opener, “Infect One,” is a noisy and rambunctious minute and sixty seconds that right as it teeters into the rock proper, quotes a line from, no not Evil Dead or a slew of possibly excellent Stanley Kubrick scenes, but rather from 2010: The Year We make Contact, Peter Hyams’ 1984 sequel to Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. I bring this up because the album sidesteps those clichés of heavy music such as endlessly quoting from Kubrick like Skinny Puppy does or reading from H P Lovecraft (whom I so totally adore as a prose stylist) and the Necronomicon (the book that does not really exist). The CD’s second track, “Down,” is heavy in the way that Boris is heavy without playing nearly as slow as Boris does. There is a feeling of deliberate forced noise from the guitars and bass instead of the standard “brutal metal” noise. This is band in which the players are playing their instruments instead of playing metal.

The album continues in this vein to the end with a swirling sound of fake space noise all about and underneath the bands’ respective playing. The inclusion of the space noise might just be why the band uses the quote from 2010: The Year We make Contact because the ethereal space effect abounds in the whole album, but there is something concrete about the musical recordings themselves, as if the real power and violence of the monolith will and can now be known. Again, this record is not metal per se, but it is heavy and is dark. Ufomammut + Lento’s creation here is innovative in very new ways. I recommend a purchase and the support.

1. Infect One
2. Down
3. Painful Burns...
4. Maestoso
5. The Overlord
6. Infect Two

Supernatural Cat Records
Reviewer: Jesse
Feb 26, 2009
Next review: Tyrax - War In Heaven

Share this: