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Old Man Gloom –  Seminar III: Zozobra - New LP
Sige Records

Old Man Gloom – Seminar III: Zozobra - New LP

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2023 reissue of 2001 album.

Data for files collected by Kurt Ballouw at the God City Center for Simian Documentation in Norwood, MA - Spring 2000. Additional file data captured and organised by Turner and Scarola with occasional assistance from the honorable Weffrey Caxide from 3.99 - 3.00 at the Hydra Head Compound Mission Hill, MA Base Camp. All data processed and mastered by Captain Dave Merullo and the O.M.G. Research Team at M-works Incorporated, Cambridge MA. Image development and assembly by Turner with source data imagery provided by primal support company top research assistant Jason Hellmann. Funding provided by the Tortuga Simian Interest Group made possible by Chairman Juan Perez.

The O.M.G. Institute top research developers include: Nate Newton - chronic lateness disease test subject, six string variable pitch organizer, and screamed data. Santos Montano: adult growth research test subject, rhythmic therapy specialist. Luke Scarola: simian elbow disease recovery project chairman, knob twisting market researcher, electronic sound technician. Caleb Scofield: emotional energy transference specialist, primal vocal communications studies Ph. D., low end transmission unit. Aaron Turner: research subject for six stringed drone hypnosis, electro/pedal sound sleep aid for chimpanzee fetus, vocal data entry.
Colossal heaviness, aural battery and euphoric, dawn-breaking beauty collide in this jaw-dropping epic from primal post-metal visionaries/ experimentalists, Old Man Gloom.

Whereas the simultaneously- released Seminar II is a brilliantly fragmented collection of snapshots and stills from the Gloom landscape, Seminar III: Zozobra is the one- take panoramic whole, a seamless 27-minute sweep through an ever- changing vista.

Easing slowly off the trail with deliberate, suspenseful chords, Zozobra isn’t exactly in a rush to get anywhere but, right from the off, expectation looms large. And sure enough, those Gloom guitars – heavy but open, metallic yet organic – soon join forces with the rest of the OMG Institute, morphing into a multi-layered post-metal symphony that absolutely SOARS off the canyon’s edge...

...until, that is, it nosedives into the thick of a raging shitstorm. Jarring, siren-like guitar lines and masochistic one-chord pounding are the disorder of the day for a turbulent ten minutes. It’s an assault alright, one that threatens to beat the listener down, but salvation arrives in an unexpected guise... namely, the biggest, most doggus bollockus of Big End climaxes.

Yep, after all that repression and battery, and for all their super-taut hardcore tendencies, OMG unleash their Inner Rock and let rip with a stupendous bout of wah-wah soloing that has PURE FUCKING EUPHORIA daubed all over it – one of those joyous, unrestrained rock- outs that’s so life affirming it’s ridiculous. Floored me the first time I heard it, has floored me every time since, and I make no apologies for the hyperbole. Phenomenal.

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