Album Review And Interview: Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn

Yn Ol I Annwn is no ordinary doom metal album, but then, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are no ordinary doom metal band. Album opener, Tralfamadore, sounds more like something you’d find on a Tangerine Dream album than you’d expect from a doom band. The 2 minutes of synth let you know you’re in for something a bit different.

Things kick into gear with The Spaceships Of Ezekiel as the synths soon give way to the fuzzed up bass and guitar riffs along with pounding drums. If you’ve never heard MWWB before, your ears will soon be confused. You’ll no doubt be expecting the voice of a gruff, hairy man to accompany the huge riffage. Instead, we are treated the angelic voice of Jessica Ball. The ethereal vocals really lift the music and transform it into something else.

Title track, Yn Ol I Annwn is my personal favourite on the album. With it’s crushing riffs, this is a real power-house of a song from start to finish. The vocals again really lift the track and compliment the heaviness rather than fight it as the glide eerily over the top.

The Spaceships Of Ezekiel

The whole album is unpredictable and gives so much to the listener. Never sticking to basic song formulas, this is the sound of a band who are stretching out and taking anyone who cares to join them on a journey into something new. Songwriting, performance and production are all very strong and add up to create a huge sounding album.

Yn Ol I Annwn is one of those albums which is hard to pigeonhole. MWWB could very easily be just another doom band. Instead, they’ve really pushed the boundaries with this album and created something of their own. Sure, the roots are certainly embedded in doom, but then we get the electronic influences, some space rock, a touch of psychedelic and of course, those beautiful vocal melodies washing over the whole thing. What is it? Well, it’s Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. And to put it simply, Yn Ol I Annwn is fantastic.

Rating 9/10

 

Quick Questions With Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Quick Questions with Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard

Quick Questions With Paul Davies

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

The main guitarist in Monster Magnet, Dave Wyndorf. I read an interview with them in NME or Melody maker (defunct uk music papers) in ’92. I bought their latest album and decided to learn the songs on an old electric guitar (no amp). I’d say the album Dopes To Infinity is their best work.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Guitar tuner! Oh and baritone strings. In all the bands I’ve been in I’ve always tuned down. I never had a tuner for years so I used to tune up via the bassist in between songs. Very punk rock and very unprofessional. When we started MWWB the first thing I did was buy a tuner.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Slomatics – Canyons which is out in June. I got an advanced copy as they are my friends. It’s really cool. I know them as we did a split with them. I think me and Dave (guitar) started talking on Facebook about music and we then decided to do a split.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Napoleon. I’m the worst student. I’ve never had guitar lessons. So a guitar lesson would not end well. Lucky I write 90% of the songs in MWWB so if Napoleon can’t play guitar then he can just tell me about his campaigns and time in exile.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Listen to as many styles as possible. Learn to play as many styles as possible.

 

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard upcoming shows:

16th May – Focus Wales, William Aston Hall, Wrexham w/ Skindred
18th May – The Rumble At Rebellion w/ Kurokuma, Mastiff, Goblinsmoker & more
24th-26th May – Cardiff Psych And Noise Fest
6th June – Rebellion – Slomatics, Old Man Lizard

Official Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mammothweedwizardbastard/

Bandcamp – Here

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard - Yn Ol I Annwn

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Rating

9.0/10