Thursday 3 March 2022

Wild Rocket - Formless Abyss (Album Review)

Release Date: March 04th 2022. Record Label: Riot Season Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Formless Abyss - Tracklisting

Formless Abyss

Interplanetary Vibrations

The Future Echoes


Wild Rocket return with their new album Formless Abyss and it’s a highly majestic record incorporating different styles and sounds of the Post-Rock, Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, Psych Rock and Space Rock underground. The album is quite dense and heavily layered at the different Progressive themes that these genres bring. There is a fine amount of Distorted Drone elements as well which you’ll encounter right away on the stunning opening title track Formless Abyss.

The opening song reminds me of the Space Rock dynamics that Slomatics use for their style of music but Wild Rocket go all in with the levels of Distortion and Droned Out Effects. The band still shows a fine ear for detail within the riffs department. The song lasts for ten minute and Wild Rocket do go back to the original gods of Amplifier Distortion with BLACK SABBATH style levels of volume which you can feel within the guitars on this song and the rest of the album.

Second track Interplanetary Vibrations truly lives up to its name with Wild Rocket embracing their Space Rock identity even more with this song being even louder than the first. It’s quite different but shows Wild Rocket being quite content playing mellow sounds before barging right into playing some epic sludgy based spaced out grooves. The vocals are calm, measured and aggressive which only adds to the cinematic scale of the album.

The final track of the album The Future Echoes offers almost twenty minutes of the finest DIstorted Spaced Out Doom and Psych Stoner Rock that Wild Rocket have ever recorded. Daring, dark, bold and quite cinematic in scope. The heavy grooves have a SUNN 0))) and OM based perspective to them but perhaps running at a faster pace. The vocals are quite bleak and most definitely from the DOOM ROCK side of life. The Psychedelic Layers offer a more experimental style of music which still allows the band to play some mighty fine guitar solos along the way even if they're quite long drawn out and on the Drone-ish side of things. 

The album is a genuine work of art in some cases with the first rate production values allowing Wild Rocket to reach gigantic volumes of noise they haven't achieved before. 

Overall, Formless Abyss is a huge sounding album and has the potential to be in the top-tier of the best Psychedelic/Space/Stoner Rock albums of the year. Awesome stuff...

Words by Steve Howe

You can buy Formless Abyss via Riot Season Records now from BandCamp and BigCartel.


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