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Review: Lomera – Self-titled EP

Adapted from Sludge Factory

Starting with an earth shattering bass line reminiscent of Electric Wizard in their Dopethrone days, Lomera will instantly grab you by the balls and throw you into a brick wall of sound. The opening track from their self-titled EP is called Hail The Storm which wastes no time in getting to the point. Most bands under the tag of ‘stoner rock’ will base their song writing structure around their ability to provide the listener with lengthy extended jams which recycle the same guitar riffs over and over but not this 5-peice from Sydney, Australia.

No Way But The River might not have as much brutal riffage but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in quality. This is definitely the track which earns this band their ‘stoner’ tag. The groove laden bass lines and powerhouse drumming from the rhythm section of Rick Swain and Brad Kimber respectively, are clearly the driving force behind this song as they lay down a solid foundation for the soothing solos copious amounts of phasing effects from guitarists Reggie Barber and Jason Higson. To top it of Matt Power delivers a raspy vocal performance which teeters the band on the brink of rock and metal. I think the best summarisation of this song would be to steal a line from their recent review in Metal Hammer. “No Way Home But The River is about as close to sex as sound can be.”

As far as musicianship goes, the final track on the is probably the simplest song on the EP but it doesn’t mean the track suffers by any means. The most impressive part of the song is it’s use of silence, as the band builds up and draws to an entire halt prior to the screaming of the song’s title “There Will Be Blood”. This gives the song an incredibly heavy presence, coupled with a solid groove.

The production on the EP is near flawless for the style of music. The guitars and bass are right up front and in your face. The drums and vocals are sitting a little lower in the mix but by industry standards for this genre, it’s nowhere near what you could consider buried. Every now and then especially with such a small selection of songs, you’ll find that a band’s essence can differ from their record material and their live show. I’ve had the recent fortune of seeing the band live and I can safely state that what you get on the CD is what you get from the live show. For me, this actually makes listening to the EP a much richer experience as I know that what I’m listening to is a true representation of the band.

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