OHHMs are something of a phenomenon in the British music scene. In a few months they’ve gone from relative obscurity to airplay on BBC Radio 1 and supporting bands like The Skull at The Underworld, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Bastions, Earthmass and singer Paul Waller’s favourite band, Conan. They’ve also played gigs with the likes of Body Hound, Employed to Serve and Old Man Lizard and most impressively, the main stage on the Sunday of Britain’s Temples Festival. With appearances at Fear Fest, Hevy Fest, ArcTanGent Fest, a tour with Slabdragger and a European romp on the horizon, there was no better time for OHHMs to release their new EP Cold, the sequel to last year’s Bloom.
Cold feels like an OHHMs record even if the band have slightly deviated from their winning formula. After a minute of ambiance, ‘The Anchor’ rears its head. The atmospheric build up leads into some melancholic sweeping guitars, this is OHHMs; yet it feels bleaker, sadder and more personal. There is real pain in Paul’s voice when he starts screaming “we set sail!”, it really is powerful stuff. The song then shifts into familiar territory as the riff for ‘Punishment‘ (an old OHHMs demo) kicks in representing the stormy seas as the song moves uptempo. The song ends with a doom breakdown as Paul creepily yells “sail” while the track fades – the first half of the album is done. ‘Dawn of the Swarm,’ starts with an ambient intro which has a space age vibe before turning into a classic OHHMs track. With the yell of “Genocide!” resonating throughout, it’s clear OHHMs have not lost their fire.
With another two-track-wonder, OHHMs have stuck to their winning formula but at the same time experiment with it to ensure Cold is not a copy of Bloom (even though Cold is only 31 seconds longer). On the contrary, it is an evolution. For the next release I would like to hear something different (and shorter) from the band. It would be no great loss, however, if they kept producing releases as memorable and captivating as this.
You can read our interview with Paul from OHHMs here
1. The Anchor
2. Dawn of the Swarm
Paul – Vocals
Chainy – Bass
Marc – Guitar
Daniel – Guitar
Max – Drums