Greenleaf – Hear the Rivers (Album Review)

It has been a long hiatus for the Mammoth Tongue camp but we’re finally back and we’re going to be reviewing this fuzz driven album by the Sweden bound rockers “Greenleaf.” Greenleaf is from Borlänge, Sweden and takes many influences from Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and Pink Floyd. So you might ask well what does this album sound like? Well I’m gonna tell you.

The first couple songs of the album right off the bat are super fuzzy/riff oriented songs, but they are so catchy and have so many grooves it’s hard to believe that they are from Sweden when they have mastered the southern groove style. There’s a couple tracks that really stand out to me on the record, the first song “Let it out!” The fourth song “Good Ol’Goat” and the eighth song “In the Caverns Below,” don’t get me wrong the album is fantastic but those songs really summarize the riffs, the hooks and the really catchy Choruses that the album has to offer.

This albums production is by far one of the coolest sounds I’ve heard in awhile, it sounds like every instrument is recorded in a monolithic church and the singer is the preacher with a very cool raspy/fuzz sound over top of everything.

So in conclusion, this album has the riffs, the hooks and very catchy choruses that the whole family will enjoy. This is actually the first album I’ve heard from this band and I’m obviously going to research all of their albums and hope they tour the states very soon. Go check them out on Bandcamp and go grab some Merch and buy they super cool album.

http://greenleaf-sweden.bandcamp.com/album/hear-the-rivers

Today I’m giving this album a 8/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

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The Stone Eye – Kevlar, Kryptonite, Gloria (Album Review)

The Pennsylvania based fuzz rock trio “The Stone Eye” has once again blessed us with a killer record. This time around they give us “Kevlar, Kryptonite, Gloria” which is a really cool and original title for the record, so let’s jump Into this bad boy.

The first song that really stuck out to me was “Eyes of Eden.” I feel like they do a really good job at making strange riffs and cool chord progressions.

Throughout this album when I listen to this it really teleports me to the winter for some reason, it really has a cool grunge sound but also incorporating fuzz and stoner elements. It’s really fantastic!

It’s very solid, rhythmic, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat the whole time listening to the album. So please go check out this band and go pick up this fantastic new album!

http://thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/album/kevlar-kryptonite-gloria

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

Dopethrone – Transcanadian Anger (Album Review)

I’m a bit late for this one but hey better late than never. This band needs no introduction, the Canada based Dopethrone released “transcanadian Anger” and my god is this album filled with fuzz and DOOM.

It seems like every track on this album is a banger, you’ll never be disappointed with any of these tracks. For all of the Doom fans they will absolutely love this album.

The guitar is so thick and the bass is so heavy it reminds me of being sick and super nauseous but you’re gonna love this feeling. They even dabble in the Hardcore vibes on the track “KILLDOZER.” Over time this album may get a bit repetitive but the riffs are so heavy and fuzzy that it totally distracts you from the repetitiveness.

One track on the album that really stuck with me is their play on “Tush” from the legendary ZZ Top, titled “KINGBILLY KUSH.”

I think the climax of the album is actually the last song “MISERABLILIST” it’s a great end to the album and it features great guest vocals from Julie.

I highly recommend this album to anyone that loves heavy, sludge, doom. Go check these guys out at the Psycho Las Vegas Fest and wherever they stop at your town!

http://dopethrone.bandcamp.com/album/transcanadian-anger

Today I’m giving this album a 7/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

Baptists – Beacon of Faith (Album Review)

So here at Mammoth Tongue Reviews I like to stay in the Doom Metal world but I’m gonna make an exception with this band because they are one of my favorites and they are a really great upcoming Hardcore Punk band that’s really good at making twangy, heavy and spastic songs.

Baptists are from the beautiful land of Canada and they combine a few different styles together including Hardcore Punk with Progressive elements and also even throws in a bit of sludge here and there.

Baptists newest release “Beacon of Faith” is released today on Southern Lord Records and it’s a mouthful of an album. Let’s dive right on into this beast.

Just like any Baptists record right out of the gate they put you on blast with the track “Worse Than Hate,” and up until the track “Capsule” it’s just a pure fast paced Hardcore extravaganza. They throw in great hooks and amazing drum fills. The guitars on this album have progressed so much since their first album, they’re starting to use more effects and are starting to experiment a bit more but they still hold that Hardcore torch.

Towards the end of the record you’ll start to hear more of the slower and more calm tracks like “Eulogy Template” and it definitely has a heavy Converge influence on them.

The lyrics on this album can be funny play on words like their other albums but on a track like “Bevel Down” he sings about real heavy topics which is cool because that’s what Hardcore is supposed to be about.

The record does a really good job of having a good flow and really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Even the vocalist experiments and tries new things on this album, it’s just absolutely fantastic. The end of the record is what really seals the envelope on how good this album is, they leave you with the track “Nostrovia” which is an instrumental track that really lets you reflect on this album.

So overall this album is fantastic, go support this great band, go see them on tour, go do whatever you need to do to support this band.

http://baptistssl.bandcamp.com/album/beacon-of-faith

Today I’m giving this album a 9.5/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

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.