Vvlva – Path of Virtue (Album Review)

Ladies and Gentlemen this album took me awhile to get to but boy was I foolish! I’ve never been so impressed with a beginning of a Album so much in my life. Vvlva is a German bound Fuzz Rock outfit that released “Path of Virtue” this year. Now let’s just jump right into this because I absolutely love this record.

So for starters the beginning throws you right into 1973 with a Blue Öyster Cult styled intro with “Black Sands.” And the production on this album sounds so old and vintage it fits so perfect with the music.

Track after track they throw something new at you, like with the track “Motel Floor,” is like a clutch inspired groove monster.

Then you get something real Jammin like “Dieb der Seelen” which is they took it straight from the destroyer album by kiss, and that track is sung in their native tongue so that’s pretty neat.

This albums got plenty of instruments, cool guitar tricks, and very cool raspy vocals, It’s got it all. I highly recommend this album. Go to the link down-below and go pick up some merch and go support this amazing band!

http://vvlva.bandcamp.com/album/path-of-virtue

Today I’m giving this album a 9/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

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Bort – Crossing the Desert (Album Review)

Yes! I’ve been excited about this album for awhile and I’m so happy I get to review this beast of an album. Bort is from Vancouver, BC, and they are like a Alternative/Stoner rock band that bring the heavy bluesy riffs and rough raspy vocals. Now let’s get right into this

To start off they really transport you to the desert with “White Desert Sun” and it’s a great intro to the heavy hitter of “The Beerfields of Bridgeview,” and I have to say the lyrics are really sweet throughout this album. It starts to pick up the pace with “Hello, Mr. Thompson”, it’s got great riffs and solid melodies that will hook you straight from the start.

To me this is a real “roller coaster” of an album which is great. It’s got plenty of highs but it really knows how to get down and slow and make you feel sad which is great, it’s always something I look for in a album.

I think maybe the only negative thing about this album is that it tends to have generic song structures and it can get a bit predictable, but none the less it’s a great album and it’s definitely one of my favorites this year. Go support this great band and go check them out live!

http://wearealsonamedbort.bandcamp.com/album/crossing-the-desert

Today I’m giving this album a 6/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

The Long Hunt – All Paths Lead to Here (Album review)

Pennsylvania bound The Long Hunt are releasing their 2nd full length June 1st titled “All Paths Lead to Here” they are completely instrumental filling their sounds with bluesy complex riffs with rhythmic beats that will transport you to the magical forest. Their last release “Wildness Tales” was a Elder infused style of instrumental that was so full and big that if they had vocals it would ruin all of it.

I highly recommend this to anyone that loves Elder, Russian Circles and The Devil and the Almighty Blues. Make sure you pick up “All Paths Lead to Here” June 1st. And these guys are playing Cedars in Youngsters alongside with Between the Witches and Jakethehawk on June 1st as well! Go support this great band and go Pre-order their album down below!

http://thelonghunt.bandcamp.com/album/all-paths-lead-to-here

Today I’m giving this a 7.5/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

Sleep – The Sciences (Album Review)

Well this album was totally unexpected but totally a special treat that the sleep camp did for us. I really shouldn’t have to tell people about this band but you don’t know they are one of the pioneers of stoner metal and stoner rock. They just released their new full length on 4/20 titled “The Sciences.” Now this my absolute honor in reviewing this monolithic album.

To start out Sleep has always been one of those bands that really takes you on a musical journey like on Dopesmoker or Holy Mountain (which I highly recommend to anyone getting into the genre) and once again they don’t disappoint in doing that. The opening track “The Sciences” really set the mood and vibe of the album, it’s very atmospheric and you can really get lost in all the sounds. Then something really magical and uplifting happens, a mysterious sound comes out of the fog and all you hear is a bong rip and then the acid starts to kick in and you’re immediately teleported into a cosmic sea of riffs and hypnotic drums. And don’t get me wrong, that’s kinda what the whole album is, very heavy riffs and atmospheric sounds and drone influences throughout the album.

Personally I think the climax of the album is when you reach the track “Giza Butler” it’s a play on words of the legendary Geezer Butler and the song starts out with the bass which makes sense. It almost has a very close OM vibe to it. The track also features some tasty tambourine.

Then before you know it Sleep leaves you with “The Botanist” which is just the most perfect send off you can do. But unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and this album is long and drawn out but to a stoner metal fan we never want it to end.

I think besides Pike’s amazing guitar work and Al’s bass playing and spectral vocals I think the drummer really shine a light on this record too, he really adds to the fire in a positive way.

I highly recommend this album and sleep in general to anyone that wants to dive into this genre. Go support this amazing album and amazing band.

https://open.spotify.com/album/790MeSzafcgXNCoY2AagnP?si=uPWic1WMRNy8TiqH9zcQlQ

Today I’m giving this album a 10/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

Cancer Bats – The Spark that Moves (Album Review)

Now this ones a fun one ladies me gentlemen, sorry for the short hiatus but I’m back finally, I’m gonna do a review on one of my favorite bands. If you haven’t seen yet this is the newest release from the Canadian sludge/hardcore outfit Cancer Bats with “The Spark that Moves.” If you aren’t familiar with Cancer Bats like I said they got some sludge and doom influence in their style but they also infuse hardcore and punk rock to their songs which adds to a cool mix of songs. So let’s dive right into this bad boy.

Just like classic Cancer Bats they want to blast you right outta the gate with their first song appropriately called “Gatekeeper” which is a groove filled fun time of a song. Throughout this album is full of party anthems like their first song. But don’t get me wrong you’ll get more pop filled tracks like “We Run Free.” And they even make a tribute song to Winterpeg simply titled “Winterpeg.”

Overall this album brings the riffs and really catchy vocals plus pounding drums, these boys never fail to make a really fun record to listen to. Go check out this fantastic album and go support these great dudes!

http://cancerbats.bandcamp.com/album/the-spark-that-moves

Today I’m giving this album a 9/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard/Slomatics – Totems (Split Album Review)

The doom is strong with this one ladies and gentlemen, today I will be reviewing the new Slomatics and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard Split, simply titled “Totems.” For some history, Slomatics are from the UK and have been around since 2004. MWWB are also from UK and have roughly been around since 2015. Now personally I’m not too fond of MWWB, their riffs and the musicianship is wonderful but I think the lead singer sounds like a 12 year old girl and it doesn’t really match the music all that well, but that’s neither here nor there. Let’s proceed with the review

Ok, so first up is MWWB, they begin the Split first and they definitely do a really good job at building an atmosphere and they bring really good riffs, but one thing I noticed with their songs especially in “Eagduru” is when they had a really heavy riff like you knew it was gonna lead to something really heavy but then it would completely change directions and it was like teasing you but it wouldn’t ever get anywhere. But overall I think they did really good and it definitely their best work yet.

Slomatics on the other hand crushed it, their opening track “Ancient Architects” is such a great opener to their side of the Split, it has a lot of spacey sounds, lots of great harmonies and real thick guitar tones. Whenever I think of doom I think of a very large cathedral with many levels in it to explore and venture in different rooms, and Slomatics definitely achieve this.

Overall, I think this Split was super great and these two bands work really well with each other, they really compliment each other’s music.

So go check out this new Split by Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and Slomatics down below!

http://mammothweedwizardbastard.bandcamp.com/album/totems

Today I’m giving this Split a 8/10

New and Notable Bands #4

Here are some super cool new bands you all should give a spin!

The Wizards

These guys are like mix of old Angel Witch and Dio. They bring the riffs and super catchy songs. They put out an album last year titled “Full Moon in Scorpio” and it’s a banger, I highly recommend checking these boys out.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0fKm2nbvL6kYC4waKZITJ2?si=cImVIfFcSCaL577xYWcp0Q

Unearthly Trance

Hailing from New York, New York, Unearthly trance bring the riffs! And I guess they’re not really new considering they’ve been around for almost 20 years but they’re new to me. These guys released an album back in 2017 called “Stalking The Ghost” and it rips, it almost has a Gojira feel to them. I highly recommend checking these dudes out and checking out their newest album down below.

http://unearthlytrance.bandcamp.com/album/stalking-the-ghost

Lord Crow

Now check this out, I just discovered these guys recently and they are like High on Fire’s step brother, they bring the Thundering riffs and the drums strike like lightning! I really recommend this band that likes High on Fire, Black Cobra or Black Tusk. And their EP “God’s Amongst Men” is absolutely fantastic. Check it out down below.

http://lordcrowriffs.bandcamp.com/album/gods-among-men