Vinnum Sabbathi – Gravity Works
Self Released – 2017
Instrumental, Drone, Doom, Stoner
Vinnum Sabbathi have produced an ode to outer space – here is their manifesto: …“Gravity Works describes the relationship between gravity and human exploration, from the state of weightlessness experienced and recorded by astronauts and the historic achievements of Russian and American scientists during the Space Age to the ultimate collapse of the entire Universe described by Asimov in “The Collapsing Universe”… And now a confession – instrumental stoner/doom leaves me bored. With a few exceptions, it seems to consist of samey riffs, solos thrown in where the vocals should be and a feeling of ‘is that it?’. These Mexican cosmonauts have completely won me over with five tracks that flow and ebb completely in sync to their vision. This is not the cut n’ paste crap that fills me with horror. Compositions that have more in common with post-rock epics utilize huge sounding riffs and soundscapes. The samples used over the top of these crushing tunes are skillfully telling a story that works superbly. At all times, heavy and lumbering, this is no vision of a shiny utopia with gleaming spires and graceful ships flying through alien skies, rather the depths of space where black holes are imploding, rusting space freighters rot on abandoned asteroids and humans are just flesh trying to cope with the unstoppable force of gravity and deep space. This is the good stuff.
(Written by Tony Maim)