Somnium – Barbaric Transition/Putrefaction
Orange Cliff Records – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Garage
Somnium was formed in 2013 by four young cats from Indonesia. Their first two-track single release is one of great lo-fi stoner proportions. Highly fuzzy and howling vocals all wrapped up in reverb and distortion. It has the garage feel to it and with their slow moving riffs and drums they manage to envelop the listener in a warm blanket. But there is more; for in those two tracks that take references from Earth, Dead Meadow, Electric Wizard, Swans and Melvins we hear a lot of great ideas that were stunted in their growth. Which seems like a promise of so much more and greater things from Somnium. Is this the start of the rise of the Indonesian stoner scene? We can surely hope!
(Written by JK)