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Mammoth Mammoth - Volume IV - Hammered Again Award winner

Mammoth Mammoth
Volume IV - Hammered Again
by V.Srikar at 31 March 2015, 4:55 AM

Imagine the feeling you get when you’re between physical clashes between two sumos, being literally crushed. Yes, that’s exactly the feeling I get when I put on this 3rd full-length album, “Volume IV - Hammered Again”, by Australian Stoners MAMMOTH MAMMOTH. Stoner Metal in general brings the subtle beauty into the Heavy music us metalheads listen to in every day, and MAMMOTH MAMMOTH ticks most of the boxes in my list.

It’s not that it’s that heavy and ear piercing, but it’s definitely relentless, and with the thick riffs it makes, you feel your own blood. The album, in fact, is quite diverse and is not unidirectional. Take for example “Fuel Injected”, which reminds me a bit of FU MANCHU with its stop-start rhythmic sections, and is also one of the best songs in this album. “Electric Sunshine” is full of mid-tempo stoner riffs, though nothing ground breaking, but still offers something new. The fast strumming in “Black Dog” really adds the required juice to the song and the album. “Hammered Again” is a pure classic with the band showcasing their proficiency in blasting Traditional Heavy Metal. This song is one of the best to hit my ears in recent times, just pure classic riffage, reminiscent of bands like JUDAS PRIEST and ACCEPT. The album ends with a rather predictably long and doomy 9 minute “High as a Kite”, taking the listener on a roller coaster ride worth the time, and reflecting the song name.

While “Volume IV - Hammered Again” isn’t a groundbreaking album in Stoner Metal, it brings a lot of new styles to the table and stretches the genre boundaries and has all it takes to please both its genre fans, and metalheads in general. Australia isn’t particularly known for Stoner bands, but I hope more emerge into the limelight. Just a tip, play this when on a high for maximum effect!

4 Star Rating

1.  Life’s A Bitch
2.  Lookin' Down The Barrel
3.  Electric Sunshine
4.  Fuel Injected
5.  Black Dog
6.  Promised Land
7.  Reign Supreme
8.  Sick (Of Being Sick)
9.  Hammered Again
10. High As A Kite
11. Alcohol
Ben Couzens - Guitars
Mikey Tucker - Vocals
Frank Trobbiani - Drums
Pete Bell - Bass
Record Label: Napalm Records


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