Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mammoth Mammoth-Vol.III Hell's Likely

Napalm Records Handels GmbH

Australia’s Mammoth Mammoth are a band so epic and monstrous they have to be named twice!  In fact they're mighty mighty and they let it ALL HANG OUT with a wicked "rock" onslaught that is fuzzed out and freaked out. It's wall it wall amps in a smoke-filled room on "Vol. III Hell´s Likely" and, judging by that album art, these four Australians are not looking to wrap themselves up in the latest fads in heavy music. No, these guys are stone cold drenched in the sound of the 70's. It's not retro when it feels like it is a long lost nugget that has been unearthed is it? This is one mountain of a band with a thunderous "rock" assault that owes it's very soul to the invention of the electric guitar. It's not just stoner rock (despite the huge amount of smoke that comes floating off this 12-track platter as soon as you hit "play") as there are equal parts AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead to be found.  The moment Mammoth Mammoth's second full-length album kicks in your transported by way of seriously HEAVY music to a time when rock was king and it was all about opening up the sky with the sound of thunder. Not that the song remains the same, but the vibe Mammoth Mammoth's brand of rock kicks out (to me folks) recalls acts like Cream, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. I got the same kind of feeling out of this Australian four-piece as I did when I first heard those three greats on LP many, many years ago. Granted, this young band are nowhere near ready to be in that league as those are the greats, the classics. It's all the same bloodline though as Mammoth Mammoth dig in their boots and thrash their instruments senseless in such a way that this album....well, it seems weird to listen to digital versions of these sounds when this 12-track album would benefit greatly from the sound of vinyl. This is one hard rocking album that is bound to turn a few heads and, in my little corner of the world, it's going to get more then a few spins. Play this one loud!

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I was hooked by the cover alone.

9:15 PM  

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