Ohhms: Exist album review

Sludge-laden Brits Ohhms spell doom for the meat industry with Exist

Ohhms Exist cover

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It takes a brave band to attempt a concept album based on animal rights and veganism. Exist explores the meat trade, animal testing and humanity’s apathy towards it all. 

Opening track Subjects is a 22-minute odyssey through the psyche of an animal born into captivity. 

Bolstered by sludgy stoner riffs, it explores various moods and movements, evolving through a cavernous void into something monstrous, as vocalist Paul Waller embodies different animals at the climax. 

For a band in their infancy, Ohhms are unafraid to experiment with their initially doom-laden sound, breeding mesmeric, tumbling riffs with frantic punk and post-metal to create a hybrid of heaviness – one that’s free to roam and find new sounds to feed on.

For Fans Of: Pallbearer, Boss Keloid, Mastodon

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.