Brooklyn-based sludge/doom trios Godmaker and Somnuri are poised to release their split LP this Friday, November 2, via The Company. For roughly 30 minutes, both acts proudly put their respective dynamic and unique takes on the aforementioned genres on display. In anticipation for its release this week, we at Svbterranean bring you an exclusive stream of the split in its entirety alongside a mini-review of the release.
Check out all the goods below.
Godmaker‘s half of the record begins with a nearly 14-minute epic titled “An Excerpt”. The sprawling tune, which serves as the only recorded output of the band with guitarist/vocalist Carmine Laietta V (Hull), begins on a moody, atmospheric note before escalating into full-on doom territory. Monolithic, stomping guitars and seismic drumming populate this metallic march and are spearheaded by the collective vocal force of lead vocalist Pete Ross, Laietta, bassist Andrew Archey and guest vocalist Kurt Applegate (Beast Modulus). The instrumentation eventually reaches an atmospheric break before transitioning into a triumphant climax of towering riffs and expressive solos, punctuated by Jon Lane’s tremendous percussive presence. Their side of the split is then rounded out by a faithful, yet gruff cover of Portishead‘s “Over” that is pulled off so well that it’s criminal.
Somnuri‘s half of the record kicks off with an explosive bang with “Over and Out”. The track stampedes out of the gate with a barrage of hammering percussion, bludgeoning bass lines and caustic guitar riffs. The ever-evolving tune transitions seamlessly from dissonant, angular grooves to more traditional, fuzz-laden sludge motifs throughout its tumultuous duration. Their side of the split is then closed out by the slow-burning “Edge of the Forest”. The seven-minute tune begins on a melodic and melancholic note with icy, clean guitar riffs that eventually build into huge, dreary sludge chords. The song gradually becomes faster as it reaches its midpoint, giving way to a final burst of incendiary, galloping mayhem that closes out the record on a high note.
Both bands are in the process of working on their next full-length releases. If the material presented on this split is any indication of what to come, then sludge and doom fans will want to keep their ear to the ground.
Stream the record in full below and pre-order the LP here.