Ufomammut

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Ufomammut
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Ufomammut in May 2015. From left to right: Urlo, Poia, Vita and Ciccio.
Background information
Origin Tortona, Italy
Genres Stoner metal, sludge metal, drone metal
Years active 1999−present
Labels Neurot Recordings, Supernatural Cat, Rocket Recordings, The Music Cartel, Beard of Stars
Website www.ufomammut.com
Members
  • Poia
  • Urlo
  • Vita

Ufomammut (Italian pronunciation: [ufomamˈmut]) is an Italian doom metal power trio formed in 1999. The band consists of guitarist Poia, bassist and vocalist Urlo, and drummer Vita. They have released seven studio albums, the last two through Neurot Recordings.

History[edit]

Ufomammut was formed in Italy[1] in 1999 by Poia, Urlo and Vita, a lineup that has remained stable since. The trio have developed a sound characterised by lengthy songs centered on repeated heavy riffs coupled with droning vocals and the use of sound effects and synths.

Ufomammut released their debut studio album Godlike Snake in 2000 through Beard of Stars Records.[2] It was followed in 2004 by Snailking, which was later reissued by Supernatural Cat Records in 2009.

The third album Lucifer Songs was released in 2005 and brought the band to discover new sonic paths with a massive use of droning sounds and synths, while in 2007 the band recorded a collaboration album with fellow Italian band Lento titled Supernaturals: Record One.

In 2008, they released their fourth studio album, Idolum, pushing even further the monolithic sound and psychedelic vein of their music to a new level of composition.

In 2010 the band released Eve, their fifth album. Eve consists of one 45-minute atmospheric track, divided into five distinctive movements; it depicts Eve as a figure reminiscent of both Lucifer (in her rebellion against God) and Prometheus (in bringing knowledge to humanity).

ORO, divided into ten movements, was delivered by Neurot recordings in two separate pieces during 2012: the first chapter, Opus Primum, in April, and the second, Opus Alter, in September. The concepts behind ORO are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to “gold” with the Latin translation of “I pray.” ORO’s two chapters can be considered as a single track, as the last part of Opus Primum is able to flow easily into Opus Alter.

Ecate came out in 2015 and it's the seventh album of the band, out again for Neurot Recordings. Its title is Italian for the pre-Hellenic goddess Hecate, able to move toward the world of humans, the world of the gods and the world of the dead.

Poia (left), Vita (centre) and Urlo (right) performing at Shagoo Shagoo Fest 2008.

The seventh album of the band is an evolution in terms of composition and song structure, it's an aggressive and complex album that bring the previous works to a new form.

Ufomammut have made continual appearances at festivals like Roadburn, Hellfest, Asymmetry, Dour Festival, Ieper Fest, Stoned from the Underground, South of Mainstream, Festival d’Affaire, Metalride fest, Dour Fest, Le Guess who festival, Maryland Death fest, Brutal Assault, FIMAV and more and have been touring several times around Europe, reaching the USA and Canada in 2015 and New Zealand and Australia in 2016.

Ufomammut's live shows are supported by the video and graphic art studio Malleus Rock art lab, a rock artist collective of which Poia and Urlo form a part .[3][4][5]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Godlike Snake (2000)
  • Snailking (2004, reissued 2009)
  • Lucifer Songs (2005)
  • Idolum (2008, Supernatural Cat)
  • Eve (2010, Supernatural Cat)[6]
  • Oro: Opus Primum and Oro: Opus Alter (2012, Neurot Recordings)
  • Ecate (2015, Neurot Recordings)
  • 8 (2017, Neurot Recordings)[7]

Collaborations[edit]

  • Supernaturals: Record One with Lento (2007, Supernatural Cat)

DVDs[edit]

  • Lucifer Songs (2005, Supernatural Cat)
  • Eve (2010, Supernatural Cat)
  • Oro (2012)
  • XV (2014)

Compilations[edit]

  • Stone Deaf Forever! (2000)
  • Blue Explosion (2000, tribute to Blue Cheer)
  • The Mob's New Plan (2001)

Singles and Music Videos[edit]

  • Warsheep (2017)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zennaoro, Danile (17 April 2014). "Ufomammut, come inseguire un sogno". La Repubblica (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "UFOmammut Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Sleeping Shaman interview Archived 2010-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Malleus Artistic Collective
  5. ^ Dead Sparrow interview
  6. ^ Eve press release at StonerRock.com
  7. ^ "8 by Ufomammut on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 21 September 2017.