April 16, 2012

Conan - Split with Slomatics

Artwork by Anthony Roberts.

In between their 2010 debut Horseback Battle Hammer and Monnos from 2012, Conan released a split with Slomatics. 3 tracks from each band, now available on each band's Bandcamp. Combined this is 37 minutes of mindbogglingly heavy and downtuned music, by two bands that compliment each other well.

Conan experiments a little, there's a short atmospheric track, and hypnotic analog synth driven passages. The production is perfectly clear, without sacrificing any of the heaviness. Conan would carry some of the experiments and the improved production with them on Monnos.

[Go to the post to view the Bandcamp player]

Slomatics have more of a stoner vibe and their sound is sludgier. The vocalist sounds like he's having a bad trip way back in the room. But the songs have more hooks, there's less focus on repetition than on Conan's half. Slomatics are the stoned yin to Conan's yang.

[Go to the post to view the Bandcamp player]

The awesome cover art is by Anthony Roberts, who has done all the artwork for Conan. Here's an interview Lurker's Path did with him, and here are reviews of the split from Cvlt Nation and The Obelisk.

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