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photo by Gerry Dollso

As Slomatics‘ guitarist Chris Couzens will attest, the perfect curry is a labour of time lovingly lavished, which, when combined with diligent preparation, shall bring forth it’s just rewards…

I first encountered the sleeve artwork for Slomatics’ previous vinyl foray, ‘Estron‘ somewhere around the tail-end of 2014 – following a tip-off from my long suffering hairdresser Norah, who as it turns out, is a mutual friend of Slomatics’ drummer and vocalist, Marty Harvey.

The transcendent artwork by Tony Roberts, captivated and whisked me back to a youth, spent pouring over the pages of sci-fi fantastical landscapes, penned by Chris Foss and Roger Dean.

Then to my blossoming delight, in March 2015, Burning World Records reissued the sold out album on orange vinyl. It wouldn’t be the first time I’d bought an album, on the strength of it’s artwork alone, but joy of joys, the aural output perfectly matched the visual stimuli.

Agonisingly, I then had to wait until February 2016 for a favourable union of constellations, and I was able to see the triumvirate that is Chris, Marty and guitarist David Majury, in all their animated, crushing glory, at the Limelight in Belfast.

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That night, the faithful packed within the venue, were ecstatically bludgeoned, with immense riff after heavenly riff. Traversing the ley lines connecting the split-single with Holly Hunt, the albums ‘A Hocht’ and ‘Estron’ this temporal folding of space, aligned ‘Running Battle’ from EP ‘The Future Past’, with doppler effect and red shift harbinger, ‘Rat Chariot’ from new release, ‘Future Echo Returns’.

The gig had an early start, then sadly Marty and David had to make a sharp exit, leaving Chris and myself to one of those fine evenings, to which I have no recollection whatsoever, as to when it ended! What I do know, is that we spent more than a few relaxing, lager-fuelled hours, joining the musical dots, extolling a shared passion for Celtic Frost, and pondering how a Welshman and a Scot, had found themselves at such an illustrious crossroads in Belfast…

“Crick concludes that the organised complexity found at the cellular level of DNA ‘cannot have arisen by pure chance’. The earth has existed for 4.5 billion years. In the beginning it was merely a radioactive aggregate with a surface temperature reaching the melting point of metal.” – The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby…

‘Estronomicon’, lurches into frame, the layered, staccato jabbing riffs, rouse the traveller from hyperspatial stupor, ushering in, a transformative alien landscape; ‘Electric Breath’, it’s majestic, compulsively convulsive video, created by Dermot Faloon, evokes a passage from the Starseed transmissions of Dr Timothy Leary, who observed that: “Life is disseminated through the galaxies in the form of nucleotide templates. These ‘seeds’ land on planets, are activated by solar radiation and evolve nervous systems. The bodies which house and transport nervous systems and the reproductive seeds are constructed in response to the atmospheric and gravitational characteristics of the host planet…“; ‘In The Grip Of Fausto’, recoils in omniscient waves of sonancy, unravellings of spiritual sacrifice; ‘Ritual Beginnings’, intones a solemn genesis, a primordial soup clogged with red weed, “glowing purple at night”, ensnaring ‘The Crystal Egg’ craft…

‘Rat Chariot’, symbolically eclipses ‘Ritual Beginnings’, light banished in it’s all pervasive doom, extinguishing all but hope – the all conquering Ganesha astride the vahana, in his final incarnation, vanquishing demonic pride; ‘Supernothing’, cascades with sonic fuzz-shards, this Valhalla bound choral celebration, imploding into the void; ‘Into The Eternal’, swells with the gravity of a liturgical banquet, this ceremonial oratorio, an uplifting, devotional clarion call…

The closing instalment of a triptych spawned with 2012’s ‘A Hocht’, ‘Future Echo Returns’ defies the event horizon, unleashing Kurzweil’s singularity, ensuring “intelligence radiates outward… until it saturates the universe”…

‘Future Echo Returns’ is available now on Black Bow Records.

The album launch show in October, cannot come soon enough…

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Written by Chromaticism