Ufomammut: "The two bands we all agree were great are The Beatles & Pink Floyd"
Introducing Ufomammut, the Italian trio who specialise in psychedelic space rituals and progressive sludge
Future legend tells of a band so heavy that their instruments are played via remote control from an orbiting spaceship. With his fictional band Disaster Area in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams may have predicted the questing cosmic metal of Italian trio Ufomammut, whose live shows are psychedelic space rituals – Hawkwind spaghettified as they pass the event horizon.
With their eighth album they condense that dark matter. Their time-stretching, long-form psyche vortices of sound have been chiselled and sculpted into eight monolithic slabs of progressive sludge.
“We focussed more on the way songs should go one into the other, and how to create a full fluxus of music,” says bassist and vocalist Urlo, coining a word from its Latin root meaning ‘flow’.
“We put the songs together little by little and then we tried to shrink what we had, to focus more on the impact of the album,” he elaborates.
Ufomammut formed in 1999 and are well-established as pioneers in the extreme metal scene, a categorisation that doesn’t do justice to their outré and unique aesthetic.
“A lot of magazines write that we are doom. When it’s heavy and slow, it’s doom. We don’t know what doom music is,” laughs Urlo. “We don’t listen to doom metal. The two bands that we all agree were great are The Beatles and Pink Floyd.”
Drummer Vita expands on this definition of the pigeonhole. “You could say Pink Floyd were doom sometimes,” he theorises. “If I think about doom I think about slow or sad music with a kind of atmosphere. Atom Heart Mother, for example.”