Old Man Gloom – Seminar II: The Holy Rights of Primitivism Regressionism [2xLP]- New LP
Featuring members of Cave In, SUMAC, ISIS, Zozobra and Converge, OLD MAN GLOOM’S “Seminar II” has taken sludge rock and metal to its furthest reaches yet, mixing Neurosis-style apocalyptic blasts, the kind of psychedelic, harrowing ambience that would give Earth nightmares and an obsession with all things simian.
Santos Montaño (Zozobra) and Aaron Turner (SUMAC, ISIS ...) are the thread that drives Old Man Gloom. What began as an act of immediacy has turned into a full-fledged band, with the addition of members Nate Newton (Converge, Cave In), Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Zozobra) and Luka Scarola (Luddite Antiques). Structurally: short, damaging sonic barbs, stylistically similar to Isis’s dirge, yet unafraid to explore their more stoner rock leanings, intercut with ambient compositions, noise tracks and bizarre sonic manipulations, to form a fractured yet engrossing whole.
A suffocating melange of various sound textures fused and soldered together by five ambitious musicians - with the help of alt-metal producer/guru Kurt Ballou. Indeed, Old Man Gloom’s music is a successful jaunt into the deepest recesses of discord, where fortuity and pure energy collide in a spectacular landscape of sound and sight.