Ufomammut announce new record, Fenice, out on May 6th via Neurot Recordings and Supernatural Cat
For over 20 years, Ufomammut have 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. Now, the the Italian alchemists and power trio are about to make a long-awaited return with their ninth studio record, Fenice. With an meaning in the Italian language that points to the myth of the Phoenix, this new record represents the symbolic endless rebirth and the ability to start again after everything seems doomed, as this is the first recording with new drummer Levre, thus truly marking a new chapter in Ufomammut history.
“I think we lost our spontaneity, album after album”, says vocalist and bassist Urlo. “We tried to make more complicated songs and albums, but I think at some point we just ended up repeating ourselves. With Fenice, we were ready to start from zero, we had no past anymore – so we just wanted to be reborn and rise from the ashes”. Whilst the band are well-known for their psychedelic travels into the far reaches of the cosmos, Fenice is a much more introspective listening experience, having been 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. Fenice is the sound of a band whose very essence has been rejuvenated, and are welcoming the chance to create music in the way they know best; by unfolding carefully and attentively, by melding those extreme dynamics which render Fenice as a living and breathing creature – and by writing gargantuan riffs that herald their very rebirth. Below this article you watch the video for the first single off of Fenice, entitled “Psychostasia”.
Photo credit: Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni