Cvlt Nation is hosting the premiere of a live performance video from Italy’s UFOMAMMUT. This special live set features the band performing some of their most revered tracks spanning their two decades in existence in an intimate acoustic setting, as heard on XX, a special LP contained within the band’s special box set nearing release late this summer, in celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.
To be released on both CD and LP, the XX box set will feature nine UFOMAMMUT albums, all individually housed in sleeves with exclusive cover artworks, created specifically for this release. The box sets will include all eight studio albums; Godlike Snake, Snailking, Lucifer Song, Idolum, Eve,Oro, Ecate, and 8. Additionally, the box will include a new release, titled XX. This new recording features six revisited tracks – “Satan,” “Plouton,” “Lacrimosa,” “Infearnatural,” “Mars,” and “Destroyer – which were re-recorded during the band’s recent European tour. These special box sets will also include a 64-page book with original covers, photos, and lyrics to all songs with an additional poster, backpatch, and sticker.
XX sees UFOMAMMUT‘s Poia performing acoustic guitar and effects, Urlo handling vocals, synth, and effects, and Vita on drums and percussion, with Ciccio and Stefano Tocci handling sound production and recording. The sound was mixed by Stefano Tocci at Ampire Studio and mastered by Luca Piazza at Zen Garden Studio.
UFOMAMMUT offers, “We thought it could have been great to celebrate our twenty years as a band with something different. We wanted to collect all our music in a single place, but we wanted also to do something that we never did before, so we thought about to play a different version of some songs. The ‘acoustic side’ came out from that and we’re very proud of the result we were able to play in front of our beloved fans during our latest spring tour. It was amazing to share these songs with all the people that are following us since the beginning. This is a present for all of them and also for us, for what we’ve been during these long twenty years.”
A film by Andreas Weimann, the XX live performance video was captured at the band’s show on April 5th, 2019 at Gaswerk in Winterthur, Switzerland.
With their premiere of the UFOMAMMUT set, Cvlt Nation writes, “They’re insurmountably heavy and unbelievably melodic all at the same time, and they can take you out of your body into otherworld realms on the back of their riffs. 2019 marks their 20th anniversary as a band – a massive accomplishment – and you can feel how seamless and organic their creations are when you hear them.”
See UFOMAMMUT’s intimate XX live set at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
The XX box set will see release on September 9th through UFOMAMMUT‘s own Supernatural Cat Records. Preorders are posted at the band’s new webshop along with other exclusive merchandiseHERE.
UFOMAMMUT has also just announced further European touring for later in the year, surrounded by one-off festival performances this summer, two gigs in Russia this September, with more tour dates to be announced over the months ahead, as the band celebrates their 20th Anniversary with their fans around the planet.
Heralded as one of the most cerebral and psychedelic audio/visual sensory experiences in the realms of the current extreme music scene, UFOMAMMUT has worked tirelessly for twenty years since their formation in 1999. The trio – founded by Poia, Urlo, and Vita, a lineup which has remained solid to this day – was formed in a small room in the middle of nowhere in the Italian countryside province of Alessandria. Their goal was simply to survive the boredom of living in a small town, while also hoping to reach other listeners all around the globe.
As their slow-motion seismic grooves and mammoth, supernatural/interplanetary tones caught on within the doom, stoner, and sludge scenes around the planet, UFOMAMMUT quickly developed an intensely loyal following in their early years. Their sonic alchemy has steadily continued to morph and expand with each album, with their productions becoming even heavier while also more psychedelic and expansive, a diverse flood of swirling effects and atmospheres permeate their conceptually based albums. Around this same time, members Poia and Urlo, as well as their close friend Lu, also launched their art collective, Malleus Rock Art Lab, creating detailed, hand-drawn and vibrant screen-printed artwork for each album. Malleus has expanded as well through the years, developing a very wide spectrum of clients and an impressive collective resume of intense artwork through record covers, fanzines and underground magazines’ illustrations, images and logos for the web, concert posters, and more. Along with the band members, Lu’s influence and work is vital to UFOMAMMUT‘s visual aspects, from albums to merchandise, live projections to official videos, and more.
The Malleus collective also launched their own label, Supernatural Cat Records, responsible for the release of such artists as MoRkObOt, Lento, Incoming Cerebral Overdrive, OvO, Zolle, and more in addition to UFOMAMMUT titles. UFOMAMMUT signed to Neurosis’ label Neurot Recordings in 2012 where they’ve since released four albums, which has helped the band expand its grasp and reach even more new listeners. The band has also spawned several other side projects, including the psychedelic outfit Sonic Wolves which Vita has formed and who has issued several titles in addition to performing live over the past several years. The Mon, the solo project of Urlo, was launched in 2018 with its debut LP and live actions.
Watch for more news on UFOMAMMUT‘s ongoing 20th Anniversary actions to be issued in the weeks ahead.