Unmothered | ‘Unmothered’
One word: WOW.
If I’ve said it once, I’ll repeat it til I’m blue in the face. There is just something so mountain-movingly brutal about a tight, hard power trio that no other band format can replicate.
Unmothered, from Texas, are the very definition of that power trio. Except even better than that, they’re steeped in a watery, mouldy atmosphere that sets them utterly apart.
The opening track on this 27 minute, seven song masterpiece just sets it all out: reverbed to fuck, a lurching sluglike groove worthy of the best Unsane, toppling over itself with atmosphere any portent.
Bellowed vocals, subterranean guitar and the most irresistable of beats that recall Mindrot, Korpse while at the same time nodding to more modern concerns like You Judas and KenMODE just flow from this band like blackened honey.
Everything is amazing. ‘The Awakening’ is probably the most characteristically Doom led track, harking to YOB at the same time, or possibly the likes of Atavist or Neanderthal. It’s about the most light hearted on here.
They win the prize for most accurate track name ever with fourth cut ‘Dark Energy’, which unsurprisingly by this point does exactly what it’s name suggests – pummeling forward with atmosphere in abundance, delayed and reverbed plucks haunting the top of it.
Few records come so bursting with utter cool. In a world where even the underground is so desperately commodified as to retain almost no character any more, the joy of finding a band like this just cant be overstated.
Unmothered are a hidden gem. Do not let it stay that way. Search, dig, hunt for this EP like your taste in music depends upon it. You’ll be rewarded by finding a record of modest means from a band unconcerned for style which manages to floor almost anything else I’ve heard this year.
It’s a fucking ‘beaut.
5/5 – Earl Grey ::: 09/09/13