Conan and Slomatics are two of the most well-known bands on the doom metal circuit, having both produced a slew of excellent material over recent years. Both hailing from the UK, Conan and Slomatics produce some of the most down-tuned, earth rumbling, neighbourhood-bothering doom metal you can get lay your eardrums on. Slow yet powerful (just like the snail-mounted warrior on the classic cover art), Conan and Slomatics' music often sounds like someone tearing a whole in the space-time continuum.
Those already familiar with their work will immediately notice that this is a review of a split EP that was released a long time ago – back in 2011 to be precise. Well, these two titans are re-releasing this big ol' slab of thunderous doom metal to celebrate their success over the last seven years or so. So, for those who missed out the first time around, here's the lowdown on what you can expect from this EP.
What we have here is six tracks, three each from Conan and Slomatics, clocking in at thirty-seven minutes in total. Short but sweet, this is already regarding as an indispensable classic among seasoned doom metal listeners, and for good reason.
The EP opens with Conan's 'Retaliator', a relentlessly crushing, obsidian-dense wall of sound that throbs with raw power. This is exactly what you'd expect from Conan if you're more familiar with their recent work, but it's good to see where they came from. It seems they've always been brutally heavy. Next we get a brief interlude of sorts in the form of 'Obsidian Sword' before Conan whack us around the head with all eleven minutes of 'Older Than the Earth'. This track flows like volcanic lava, thick, heavy and slow - metallic treacle for the ears.
Now it's time for Slomatics to take the reigns with 'Lose the Five'. Slightly less crushing and a tad more melodious than Conan's trio of tracks, 'Lose the Five' lumbers on doggedly until 'Black Blizzard' takes the reigns and smashes our ears into tiny pieces. It's less like a blizzard and more like being buried under an audial avalanche. Finally, track 6, 'Mont Ventoux', finishes things off nicely with yet more thrumming guitars and pummelling soundscapes.
If you're a fan of all things slow and heavy but this isn't in your collection, then make a little space on your shelf and slot it in – it'll feel right at home. It's a classic doom EP that deserves not to be missed (again).