In a time before Conan and Windhand dominated the doom scene, there was Slomatics. Formed in 2004, the Belfast-based band shapes massive waves of fuzz to craft a sound that is driven by sheer volume and classic sci-fi. The veritable acid bath of their latest record, Canyons sees the group delving into deeper depths than ever before. Slomatics build on their past successes to craft an album that shows their fundamental understanding of doom—spreading their fuzzy gospel worldwide.
The three-piece continually impresses, taking a notable sonic step forward from their 2016 full-length, Future Echo Returns. Canyons shows the development that was displayed on their 2018 collaboration with Mammoth Weird Wizard Bastard was merely a step in this direction. This is the sound of a band embracing a sort of creative second wind. Remember, Slomatics were brought back into the foreground by Jon Davis of Conan, who is putting Canyons out on his label, Black Bow Records.
These sci-fi obsessed Irishmen are going to plunge forth, no matter the consequences. Canyons is among Slomatics most dynamic and tightly honed records to date. In some ways it actually marks the most effective entry point for a new fan into the bands discography. It's thrilling when a group is able to pull together something so refined and forward thinking so deep in their career. Slomatics have brought their A-game on Canyons and it will stand as a landmark in their career.