UFOMAMMUT: The Obelisk Hosts Advance Stream Of New Crookhead EP From Italian Psychedelic Doom Metal Powerhouse; Record To See Halloween Release Through Supernatural Cat Records

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UFOMAMMUT craft huge spaces and drop them on your bones with all due gravity…” – The Obelisk

The Obelisk is the only place to hear the entire Crookhead EP from Italian psychedelic doom metal trio UFOMAMMUT before its Halloween release through Supernatural Cat Records.

Presenting three new tracks, the Crookhead EP was recorded at Flat Scenario Studio in Italy by Lorenzo Stecconi in July 2022, and was mixed and mastered at Triple Sun by Lorenzo Stecconi. The artwork, as with all UFOMAMMUT releases, was designed and printed by Malleus Rock Art Lab, the graphic design collective which Poia and Urlo are both founding members of. The artwork, with its handprinted and numbered silkscreened cover, adds an artistic touch to the EP. Crookhead is a foretaste of the band’s impending tenth album, which will be released when the band celebrates their 25th anniversary in 2024.

Like any good psychedelic trip, the music of UFOMAMMUT has always been inextricably intertwined with visual art, as if to reinforce the relevance and importance of visual art in the band’s music.

The band reveals, “Crookhead is the Middle Earth, the gateway to something that lies within us and has yet to come, a bridge connecting our rebirth place called Fenice and the incoming journey. These three pieces perfectly represent how the new UFOMAMMUT form takes definitive shape and unfolds its fangs towards space, towards the unknown lands that await each of us. Crookhead is simply the final result of the urge to write new music, the natural introduction of our next record.”

With their advance stream, The Obelisk dissects the EP in great detail, writing in part, “Crookhead shares with Fenice a play between the expansive and the claustrophobic. UFOMAMMUT craft huge spaces and drop them on your bones with all due gravity, and Crookhead effectively and efficiently showcases the various sides of their methodology, from the title-cut’s ultra-low distortion rumbling at a mean clip into the sampled-speech-topped central riff.”

Visit The Obelisk to stream UFOMAMMUT’s Crookhead EP ahead of its release RIGHT HERE.

Crookhead will be released on Halloween, October 31st, digitally and on vinyl limited to 200 on Marble Red Vinyl, 200 in Marble Gold Vinyl, and 100 in clear transparent vinyl exclusively for the band’s Fall tour. Find preorders at the Supernatural Cat shop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the intoxicating “Vibrhate” video HERE.

UFOMAMMUT will also tour across Europe in conjunction with the release of Crookhead, with dates running from this Sunday, October 29th through December 3rd. See the confirmed dates below and expect new tours to be announced shortly.

10/29/2023 Samhain Festival – Maastricht, NL
10/30/2023 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
11/04/2023 Sonic Rites – Helsinki, FI
11/15/2023 Mostovna – Nova Gorica, SLO
11/16/2023 Arena – Wien, AT
11/17/2023 Turbina – Budapest, HU
11/18/2023 Stadtwerkstatt – Linz, AT
11/19/2023 Kamienna – Krakow, PL
11/20/2023 Hydrozagadka – Warsaw, PL
11/21/2023 Kabinet Muz – Brno, CZ
11/22/2023 Club 007 Strahov – Prague, CZ
11/23/2023 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
11/24/2023 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
11/25/2023 4AD – Diksmuide, BE
11/26/2023 GeBAude 9 – Koln, DE
11/27/2023 P8 – Karlsruhe, DE
11/29/2023 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NL
11/30/2023 Le Bulle – Lille, FR
12/01/2023 Petit Bain – Paris, FR
12/02/2023 La Poudriere – Belfort, FR
12/03/2023 Old Capitol – Langenthal, CH

Rising from the ashes of their prior band Judy Corda, UFOMAMMUT formed in the late 1990s by Poia (guitars, effects) and Urlo (bass, vocals, effect, synths), together with Vita (drums). For more than two decades, UFOMAMMUT has combined the heaviness and majesty of dynamic riff worship with a nuanced understanding of psychedelic tradition and history in music, creating a cosmic, futuristic, and technicolor sound destined for absolute immersion.

In 2022, UFOMAMMUT released their latest album, Fenice (“phoenix” in Italian), representing endless rebirth and the ability to start again after everything seems doomed. Released through Neurot Recordings, the album was the first recording with new drummer Levre joining Poia and Urlo, marking a new chapter in the band’s history and unveiling a more intimate, free sound for the group.

While the band is renowned for their psychedelic travels into the far reaches of the cosmos, Fenice showcased a much more introspective listening experience. The album was conceived as a single concept track, divided in six facets of this inward-facing focus. Sonic experimentations abound in the exploration of this central theme; synths and experimental vocal effects are featured more prominently than ever before as the band push themselves ever further into the uncharted territory of their very identity.

In 2023, UFOMAMMUT took part in the Superunknown Redux album for Magnetic Eye Records, paying tribute to Soundgarden with their cover of “Let Me Drown.” The personal interpretation of the song was well-received and considered by the listeners as one of the standout moments on the compilation.

Now, UFOMAMMUT presents the Crookhead EP, with three new songs that continue the expansion of the band’s sonic vision.

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