Boomkat Product Review:
Let's all just take a moment to process the insurmountable brilliance of that sleeve. it's an Arik Roper illustration - you might recognise his work from the covers of albums by the likes of Sleep. Sunn O))), Comets On Fire as well as a bit of work for Arthur Magazine, but you'd have to go someway before you could find anything to match this one. Soak it up. Anyway, this was the first album by Mammatus, a sludge/psych quartet for Santa Cruz, California with a sound that's tailor made for the mighty Holy Mountain imprint. The central attraction has to be the twenty-two minute odyssey 'Dragon Of The Deep Part Two', an ambitious, segmented spiral of grinding, drop-tuned riffs, wah-wah guitar solos and what's best described as 'vibes'. The other three tracks don't slack either, with one droning, Eastern-influenced trancer ('The Outer Rim') and two mighty, Sabbath-influenced excursions into stoner oblivion.