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.

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Turbo Bobcat – Pentastar Rocket Ride (EP Review)

Calling all clutch fans! If you love stoner riffs with bluesy vibes then look no further. Turbobobcat released “Pentastar Rocket Ride” last year and it’s so good I just had to review it. Turbobobcat come from Italy and they absolutely bring the riffs. So what makes this so great? Well let’s dive right on into this.

To start, the EP is mixed very well, and they used lots of sweet effects. It’s definitely an album that gets rockin. They have plenty of catchy hooks and great riffs that’ll be stuck in your head the whole day.

I absolutely recommend this to anyone that dabbles in Red Fang, or Clutch. Go buy these guys merch and go see them if they come through your town!

http://turbobobcat.bandcamp.com/album/pentastar-rocket-ride

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

Wizard Union – Ceremonial Smoke (EP Review)

If you want a fun, wholesome and chill sludge metal album then you’ve come to the right place! The Wizards Union is from the great land of Michigan and they released a album late last year called “Ceremonial Smoke,” yes I know it was released last year but who’s running this blog, they are just three dudes, Samir, Aaron and Larry. They even have a scene of bands called “The Wizards Union Collective”…how cool! Now let’s get into this filthy album.

Now for starters one thing I have to point out is the guitar tone, it’s so thick and heavy, it’s absolutely great. Right from the start of the EP is just pure heaviness. Something I noticed which was kinda cool is the vocalist is doing death metal growls over the music which is a cool change.

Overall this album is very thick, slimy, filthy, and it immediately makes you wanna live in the sewer and become a lifeless scum bag.

Check out this killer band and go buy some of their merch!

http://wizardunioncollective.bandcamp.com/album/ceremonial-smoke

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

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.

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.