|A single 45 minutes track, cut into 5 movements ...Sleep’s mythic (as well as mystical!) ’Jerusalem’ immediately comes to mind, even before you give the disc its first spin. The fact that Ufomammut are also a Stoner Doom band contributes to the possible analogy, like the fact that both albums are built upon the same canvas of christian mysticism. |
But the similarities end there. As its title indicates, ’Eve’ is a concept album telling the story of Adam's second wife (after Lilith) from her birth until what we can see as a primordial rebellion: by eating the apple, she instils the thirst for Knowledge into humans’ mind; a boldness that conflicts with the Creator’s wishes. Eve is thus represented, like Lucifer, as a force of opposition searching to free itself from an imposed spiritual dictatorship. That brings us back to the ancient myth of Prometheus, the Titan who became an outcast after having brought fire (meaning Knowledge) to Man. In this theological mysticism frame, the Italian trio will once again demonstrate an amazing talent in creating a mosaic of sound that fills the space and leaves no respite to the listener.
Although following on without any dead time between them, the parts which composed ’Eve’ cannot be analyzed separately: the album has to be assimilated as a whole, and this is all for the better. Compared to the rest of their discography, you can squeeze ’Eve’ between ’Snailking’ ( it shows the same kind of riffs - both primitive and psychedelic, drenched in a quasi-primal heaviness) and ’Idolum’ (for the Hawkwind spacey vibe). The band alternates very quiet passages and atmospheric ones (like at 2 mn30) with brutal and visceral shocks building a powerful wall of sound which brings to mind the early ages of the Earth.
The excellent arrangements are what allows the album to outstrip the crowd. Quite droning organs, abrupt rhythm and structure changes (the transition between 'Part 2' and 'Part 3', where you can hear Neurosis copulating with Acid King), huge feedbacks (especially in the vocal parts, alternating incantatory moments with an incredible aggressiveness), and some samples and simple riffs that are used as a ground layer for the whole.
The result is fabulous, clearing new ways for musical exploration, while remaining faithful to the canons of the genre. The inspiration is tossed in every directions, turning our mind upside down, taking our breath away like in front of a huge, magestic architectural work from the dawn of Times.
Being not only the best achievement of Ufomammut, ’Eve’ turns out to be one of the best (if not THE best) Doom albums of 2010. And maybe even of the decade. Simply a masterpiece.
Note by the Admin.: this review has first be written in french for the webzine Cryptic Madness and translated in english for doom-metal by Bertrand Marchal
Duration : Approx. 43 minutes
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