‘Only three Whalephants remain in the Universe. They swim in the Deepest Temples of Space. They await the day when all knowers of the Stone are reunited and they will swim the Stella Tides to Earth and lead us all Home to Wode. That blue star, far away.’ – Acrimony
When Kyuss were carving up the stoner doom/metal scene in the US, they left their contemporaries in a cloud of dust with a mouth full of sand, making MTV appearances and the like. While over on the other side of the pond, Acrimony were quietly ingesting copious amounts hallucinogens and leaving the Welsh Valleys reverberating the loud echoes of colossal doom riffs.
But, alas, there was no one there to hear their brilliantly monged out, hazy interweaving riffs. Because, despite being one of the best stoner doom records out there; Shroomaroom is massively overlooked. The Welsh rockers never got as far with it as perhaps they might really have deserved and unfortunately disbanded in 2001. It was just the right record at a very wrong time and was released to a fairly unreceptive audience.
Shroomaroom is a little hidden, hot-boxed, smoke-filled cave full of absolute gems. From the opener, ‘Hymns To The Stone’ which is wonderfully intricate and heavy. Right up to and past the Oh-shit-waaay-too-baked-to-stop-playing-this-riff ‘Motherslug (The Mother Of All Slugs)’, doomy, psychedelic and seemingly endless until the dull set tones of a didgeridoo, yes… a didgeridoo bring proceedings to a close:
All the way to the end this offering is intriguing and will absorb you. It has a lot to offer, as there really isn’t a bad track on here, ’Turn The Page’ offers a brief respite from the incessant drone of doom riffs and kind of sounds a lot like Zeppelin’s ‘Bron-Yr-Aur’, a short acoustic interlude. ‘Heavy Feather’ ‘Firedance’ and ‘Vy’ have all the required elements to ensure those red of eye are kept not just awake but fascinated and hooked with what’s being played! The album is not just heavy doom riffs, big drums and droning bass, there are real, positive subtleties, psychedelic, trippy passages within some proper heavy, expansive tunes. They’re big drug fuelled jams that are presided over by the spirits of Cream, and Sabbath.
It has been 14 years and yet ‘Tumuli Shroomaroom’ still sounds fresh and exciting, and it is streaks ahead of most in the genre now. It is good to see the 2007 re-issue is selling more now and there are a lucky few who truly dig this band. I wonder if Howard Marks does?!
|1||Hymns to the Stone||9:07|
|2||Million Year Summer||4:49|
|3||Turn the Page||1:46|
|5||Find the Path||4:07|
|6||The Bud Song||4:57|
|7||Motherslug (the Mother of All Slugs)||11:05|
This actually flowed nicely from Church Of Misery – Houses of the Unholy post because they did a Split with Acrimony way back and is well worth checking out, innit. Maybe you’ll Google it?
For fans of: Black Sabbath, Church of Misery, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Acid Bath, Cream, Baroness, Weedeater, Bongzilla, Acid King, Wolfmother, Queens Of The Stoneage