It is with great pleasure that LIFE IS NOISE can announce the handpicked local support acts for the upcoming Ufomammut and Monolord double headliner tour through New Zealand and Australia this October.
In Wellington on October 3 at the San Fran, the building and atmospheric doom sounds of Spook the Horses will leave you breathless as the main support. On first is Earth Tongue, who feature members of Red Sky Blues and Mermaidens.
Arc of Ascent will take you down a psychedelic spiral, tinged with stoner and doom ties, ahead of the headliners on October 4 in Auckland at the Kings Arms. Kicking the night into gear will be three-piece instrumental stoner-infused titans, Reaving.
Brisbane’s Crowbar will play host on October 6 to the raucous and groovy rhythms of main support Hobo Magic. But get there early to get smashed in the face by ZONG, a transcendental trio that combine heavy and experimental psych with pummelling riffs.
On October 7 at the Bald Faced Stag in Sydney, Comacozer will take you further down the heavy psyche spiral—infusing space doom with sludge origins. And the trance-like state will continue with openers DAWN initiating all to their coven.
Max Watt’s in Melbourne will be annihilated on October 8 when YLVA—one of the most heavy and genre-bending musical acts of late—serve as main support. Psyche-drenched locals Merchant and one-woman devastating noise machine, Bonnie Mercer, will start this huge event.
Wrapping up this gigantic tour in Perth on October 9 at the Rosemount Hotel, national ‘post-everything’ favourites Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving and soul-destroying doomers Dirac Sea will be returning for one show only before they lock themselves away in the studio to record.
LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce the first visit to our shores of Italian space doom virtuosos Ufomammut, along with masters of the riff, Swedish three-piece Monolord.
These two behemoths will be laying waste to cities across Australia and New Zealand this October in a truly huge doom double-header.
Their musical vision is one that’s so obviously well-honed that they know exactly when to kick the music into overdrive before lulling the listener back into a state of sonic paralysis.
– The Quietus
Playing an ear-destroying brand of sludge-filled doom that lurches from brooding slow menace to soul-crushing riff with a decent slab of psych thrown in for good measure, Ufomammut have released a stack of studio albums of unimpeachable heaviness, culminating in last year’s Ecate – truly a masterpiece of nuanced doom that perfectly encapsulates the band’s career to date.
Ecate is back-breakingly heavy but capable of shifting tonally and temporally with the minimum of fuss. The way that ‘Plouton’, the album’s second and shortest track, violently bursts from the speakers is reminiscent of Old Man Gloom at their most sadistic, whilst ‘Temple’ is more akin to Electric Wizard in its churning malevolence.
– Drowned In Sound
Ufomammut live is a spellbinding voyage of pounding riffs, coming one after the other like some unstoppable juggernaut, but there’s enough psych influence here to take the audience on a reality-bending roadtrip through the doom landscape.
1999 seems like millennia ago. That was the year the “space mammoth” was conceived in the quiet hill town of Tortona, Piedmont, Northern Italy. Little did anyone know that from such a small, placid and unsuspecting place could rise one of the heaviest, loudest, most crushing and mighty doom bands to ever stride the earth. A true mammoth. A true beast of crushing aural devastation. One of those bands who has redefined the concept of “heavy” and built an immense legacy on top of that.
– CVLT Nation
Drawing on influences such as Sleep, Sabbath, Windhand, and Conan, Swedish trio Monolord take reverence to the riff to new extremes, with their second record, 2015’s Vænir, mixing glacial tempos with hypnotic and otherworldly vocals that coalesce into an album of both beauty and malevolence.
As slow as some of their riffs are, heads have turned correspondingly fast toward Swedish tone constructionists Monolord. They leave little mystery as to why. – The Obelisk
The word “pummelling” quickly comes to mind when thinking of a Monolord show. Expect a savage and relentless feast of slow, loud, brutal volume. Come join the congregation as Monolord worship at the altar of the riff.
The influences of heavyweight masters like Yob and Electric Wizard will be of no stranger to any listener’s ear once Vænir oozes through the speakers. And though Monolord sound perfectly at home within the doom/sludge genres, the band manages to have a personality that towers like a black monolith amongst the current generation of doom. – Metal Injection
Catch Ufomammut and Monolord on the following dates:
Wellington – San Fran – October 3
w/ Spook The Horses & Earth Tongue
Auckland – Kings Arms – October 4
w/ Arc Of Ascent & Reaving
Brisbane – Crowbar – October 6
w/ Hobo Magic & ZONG
Sydney – Bald Faced Stag – October 7
w/ Comacozer & DAWN
Melbourne – Max Watt’s – October 8
w/ YLVA, Merchant, Bonnie Mercer
Perth – Rosemount Hotel – October 9
w/ Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving & Dirac Sea
Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, oztix, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for Auckland.