Oro: Opus Primum

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  • Summary: The Italian metal trio's sixth album is part one of a planned two-part epic (Oro: Opus Alter is due in September, 2012).
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  1. May 21, 2012
    Opus Primum [contains] striking passages of ethereal beauty.
  2. May 21, 2012
    The rarefied distillation of the cryptically spiritual and the sonically stentorian marks Opus Primum as its finest work yet.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    Blending gargantuan, rack-stretched riffs with corrupted kosmische synth drones, spectral vocals and unyielding, relentless drums, the alchemical result [Oro: Opus Primus] is the heaviest form of psyche-doom space rock. [Jul 2012, p.85]
  4. May 21, 2012
    Their musical vision is one that's so obviously well-honed that they know exactly when to kick the music into overdrive before lulling the listener back into a state of sonic paralysis.
  5. May 25, 2012
    Invasive and unknowably vast, Oro:Opus Primum is an excellent listen if you're looking to be blown apart.
  6. May 25, 2012
    Ufomammut has a compositional focus and restraint that frames the sonic elements well. An excellent continuation of their recent work.
  7. Aug 9, 2012
    Italian doom merchants "Mammoth UFO"... can't duplicate the tight encapsulation of 2010 origin story Eve in 51 minutes, although 14-minute lunar landing "Empireum" could power Alien craft Nostromo.

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  1. Jul 7, 2013
    Ninety-four minutes of epic doom/prog metal, split into ten tracks over two discs: Italian metal gods UFOmammut upped the stakes from theirNinety-four minutes of epic doom/prog metal, split into ten tracks over two discs: Italian metal gods UFOmammut upped the stakes from their previous high point (the 45-minute concept about the first woman, 2010's Eve) and reached a new high point (wink). Descriptive words are lost on music like this: extreme, exhilarating, all you can really do is crank the volume. Memorably described by the Quietus as the soundtrack to Homer Simpson's famous chili-induced desert hallucination, this monolithic psychedelic metal opus burns with a seething fire, peaking and relaxing as it pleases, keeping you enthralled in its loving lava grip. Did I mention to turn up the volume? Don't expect to be the same after completing this journey. Expand