Italian doom-monger lets loose his spooky demons.
Normally found serving up colossal riffs with doom band Ufomammut, The Mon (aka Urlo) has plunged deep into the nightmarish maelstrom of his own warped psyche for Dopelleben, an album that acts like the soundtrack to a film that, one suspects, only Italians would be even remotely equipped to watch. Intermittently redolent of the same primitive celluloid sonics currently being plundered in the synthwave scene, but still with strong links to the tripped-out doom and drone worlds (Salvator Mundi sounds like Om gone Satanic), this negotiates the fine line between drug-addled schlock and authentic, mind-altering exploration. The grandest moments are the most affecting. Hate One I Hate is both fiendishly immersive and subtly torturous: keening feedback spreads over ululating bass tones, ghostly piano for five disorientating minutes, before a giant guitar motif crashes in. Relics is meandering space rock, part jittery electro-pulse, part Sabbathian head-rush. Blut’s staccato groove and fuzzed-out wall of chords feel like early 90s shoegaze gone gloriously wrong, like The Jesus And Mary Chain remixed by Godflesh in Satan’s garden shed. This is equally disturbing and absorbing.