Truly sludgy post-metal is hard to come by these days, with many of the old titans lying silent in their own personal R’lyehs, or simply experimenting with different formulas. However, there is (un)hope, for HYOM are here. Their latest EP, titled Rei, is a frankly intimidating mass of writhing post-metal the likes and quality of which I haven’t sampled in quite a while.
I got the chance to ask the band some questions about where they are, and where they want to be in the near future, and their answers give me great hope for a beastly year filled with heavy music that’s not as brutal as, say, Sumac, but which is remarkably layered and entrancing.
HYOM are undertaking a European tour right now [see tour dates and details at the end of the post], and I thoroughly recommend seeing them if you can, and if you enjoy being pummeled into pulp by an unrelenting tidal wave of darkness distilled into sound. And, I mean, who doesn’t?
Hundred Year old man are an atmospheric Sludge metal sextet based in Leeds, UK. HYOM combine hard hitting sludge riffs with a post hardcore intensity, and beautifully textured atmospheric qualities. The band’s lengthy songs ebb and flow, layering multiple screaming vocals, crushing riffs, and ambient and electronic elements.
Dan – Keys and Vocals
Chris – Drums
Owen – Guitar and Vocals
Paul – Vocals
Tom – Guitar
Wolves and Vibrancy Records
Black Fire, 2016, Self-released, then re-released through Gizeh Records
Rei, 2018, Gizeh Records and Wolves and Vibrancy Records
“Heavy, atmospheric riffs build and decent through the sonic ether and the lister is ultimately rewarded in spades. The band seems intent on doing things differently.”
“The guitars, which are melodic, sludgy and coated in ambience, collide with bass and smoky soundscapes to create a huge wall of shoegaze-esque sound that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Jesu recording.”
“An understated, profound 3 track EP from these Leeds based post metal newbies. Rei sees belligerent hardcore vocals abrade lofi melancholy on opening track sun and moon, before transitioning atmospherically into the title track’s dismally aggressive sludge.”
– Metal Hammer
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Congratulations on your new EP, Rei! It sounds fantastic, a steady development since Black Fire. Are you gearing up towards an LP with this series?
We will be releasing a full LP in the summer, something of a full dive into to the world of HYOM where Rei is just dipping your toe in (maybe your leg up to the knee).
Where does the name “Rei” come from?
Rei is the Japanese pronunciation for the number zero. This indicates the start of something more although not necessarily in sequence.
What and who were your musical influences growing up? And how about today?
We have an eclectic mix of all genres, however the most influential on the current HYOM sound would be Botch, Cult of Luna, Glassjaw and Sunn O))).
What does the future hold in store for you? What are the plans for your upcoming tour?
We’re going to have a very busy year this year – we’re currently on tour to support Rei through Europe and the UK and have plans for the rest of the year. Past that, we.’ll see.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
We’re currently doing this from the back of our van in Boulougne by the sea. The sea life centre was closed. 🙁