Summoned from the murkier reaches of the subconscious and  summoning a powerful aura of twilight communion, Smote’s  ‘Drommon’ is here to intimidate and enchant. The first Rocket  release for this enigmatic Newcastle-based entity is no less than  a mystically-aligned voyage into abandon and epiphany. 

The base ingredients of Smote’s spell-casting may not be  unfamiliar – the eternal three ‘r’s of repetition, repetition,  repetition being paramount along an eldritch and less-travelled  musical pathway which wanders from Swedish godheads like  International Harvester via the skewed Americana of  Sunburned Hand Of The Man and French cult psych-folk  heroes Natural Snow Buildings, Nonetheless, a particular  potency and singularity of vision triumphs throughout  ‘Drommon’, reflective of cinematic chills and night terrors.  Possessed of a peculiarly pastoral sensibility and earthen  intensity, these ceremonial serenades thus take on feverish and  compelling life of their own.  

‘Drommon’ arrives as an expanded version of a ltd tape / digital  release on Bandcamp, where Smote’s limited editions of their  previous release ‘Bodkin’ have prompted excitement and  consternation amidst intrepid psychic travellers. Yet this release,  whereby brand new material is bookended by the mighty two part invocation of the title track, create a richly engrossing  voyage into the nether which establishes Smote as a force to be  reckoned with in all manner of dimensions.  

Replete with doom-laden atmospherics and crepuscular  intensity, this is an intimidating denouement to return to time  and again. Join the ritual, and submit to ‘Drommon’

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