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.

Advertisements

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

The Sword – Used Future (Album Review)

Oh yeah baby the time has finally come…time to dive into the brand new album “Used Future” from “The Sword,” if your a fan of this kind of music and you don’t know about this band then stop reading this and go listen to Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth ASAP.

To begin, let me throw out all the things I really enjoy about this album, because if you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple years the sword have been releasing rock n roll based albums which are good but it’s no Age of Winters. On this album I really dig the lyrics, The Sword have always been known for their cool lyrics which they haven’t stopped doing. Another thing, all the noises and FX they throw in the album really bring a cool vibe to the album.

The real shine and climax of the album I think is the B-side, yes A-side was good but you get tracks like “Sea of Green” (which I think is the stand out track on the record) and “Don’t get too Comfortable” which are really solid tracks.

When trying to come up with some negatives on the album I couldn’t really find anything because as a listener I listened from their new Rock ‘n Roll sound not their old Stoner/Sludge sound, so overall I think it’s pretty good.

Like I said if you guys haven’t heard of this band I highly recommend them, you can check them out out on tour and go buy some of their merch!

https://open.spotify.com/album/1aLoUkdIJx3xds0s6mAuoh?si=tln2-EmNQHiNdYW7TQ4OZQ

Today I’m giving this album a 6.5/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.

Green Druid – Ashen Blood (Album Review)

Welcome back…it’s that time again! This band was also on my most anticipated albums of 2018 so I’m excited. To begin Green Druid hail from Denver, Colorado, and they’re releasing Ashen Blood via Earache Records.

With their mythical lyrical themes and down tuned guitars they bring a thick layer of sound throughout the album, the guitar tone sounds Great and the drums sound big and natural. Now over time the songs seem to get a little repetitive but right when you get bored they kick into a another sick riff that constantly leaves you on the edge of your seat. Green Druid is kinda in the same vein as high on fire, Conan, etc. just so you guys can get an idea of what these guys have to offer.

I think the only downside to the album is the song lengths but as people know what this genre is about, they know that most stoner/sludge metal songs are pretty long. This album definitely offers a lot, has lots of heavy riffs, haunting vocals, pounding drums, ups and downs and little surprises along the way. So I suggest you guys go check out this new beast from Green Druid! Go pick up some merch and go tell Earache Records how good this album is.

http://greendruid.bandcamp.com/album/ashen-blood-2

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

Killer Boogie – Acid Cream (Album Review)

Finally the time is here! This album was actually on my most anticipated albums of 2018 so I’m very excited to finally here this acid drenched stoner rock album. For starters Killer Boogie have released “Acid Cream” via Heavy Psych Sounds Records, and they really know how to bring the old fuzzy/vintage sound to the listener, especially throwing in great bluesy solos in the mix.

There was a few great things I loved about the album, the drums sounded so natural and old school, it’s like they teleported me back to listening to Sabbath or blue cheer. The songs are very catchy and just fun to listen to, going into this record I was hoping that there was plenty of fun and exciting songs and they execute that perfectly. Each song with their unique blend of rock and 70s vibes.

Over time I think the songs may get a little repetitive, but I mean it’s not like a deal breaker, especially people that love this type of music are gonna absolutely love it. So go check out this album! Go check Killer Boogie in a town near you!

http://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/killer-boogie-acid-cream

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

Marcellus Rex – S/T (Album Review)

Coming straight from the heart of Bordeaux, France, these psychedelic/pop giants made a killer record titled “Marcellus Rex”, so let’s check out this out.

This is the boys debut EP, and lemme tell you it’s fun to listen you, these guys are kinda in the same vein as Torche, and that’s pretty much it, they have a very unique and original sound, combining sounds such as, stoner rock, psychedelic, pop, electronic and a lot of strange noises that remind me of the 90s and I love it. It’s almost so out there it’s kinda like Faith No More or Strapping Young Lad had an influence on the album. And throughout the whole album is like this, every corner they turn or every area they go into it’s leaves you wanting more, but they still achieve to make great songs with great riffs and good dynamics underneath that heavy layer of strange noises.

Ok now for the bad stuff, which I’m absolutely terrible at. The vocals fit very well, the production is great (the bass may be a little too loud at points), the songs have a nice flow to them, this Album is just awesome, and it has pretty much every instrument thrown in it. So I suggest checking this album out and go support these guys, I believe they have a CD available to buy.

http://marcellusrex.bandcamp.com/album/marcellus-rex

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