Tuesday 12 April 2016

Mount Soma - Origins (EP Review)

Release date: April 5th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Origins – Tracklisting

1.Nebula 09:41
2.Origin 02:47
3.Lazarus 06:30

Band Members:

Vocals/Guitar - Brian,
Guitar - Keith,
Bass - Conrad,
Drums - Aaron


Mount Soma's debut EP is slowly starting to turn some heads within the Sludge/Stoner Metal world since it's release last week. Origins is the arrival of a band you need to check out now. If you're a fan of heavy spaced out Sludge/Stoner Metal then Mount Soma is the band for you.

The EP may only last for 20 minutes or so but the band have included a ton of great ideas for you to discover. Opening track – Nebula – starts off rather slowly before exploding into heavy sonic sludge based warfare with a touch of Psychedelic Doom Metal appearing here and there. The vocals from Brian add quite a lo-fi punk edge but it works in the bands favour.

Apparently Origins was meant to be a full length album but the band decided to release it as an EP instead. I think this is a wise decision as it allows the band to keep an air of mystery around their music. Second track – Origin – is a slow-paced semi-acoustic grunge song with cool vocals once again from Brian. It has a very earthly quality about it.

Though the band return to heavier spaced out riffs on the final song – Lazarus. This is perhaps the standout track on the EP as Mount Soma create a more progressive spaced out song to immerse yourself with. It's played at a very slow pace to begin with but once the louder riffs appear the song changes into a more heavier and doomier affair.

The production could have done with more work but that shouldn't distract you from enjoying the hell out of Origins. I've heard a full length album is on the way. If that's true then that can't come soon enough as I want to hear more of Mount Soma and this excellent EP is never enough. Check this out now. It's a great start from a band with hopefully a bright future. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


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