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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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.

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.

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

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.

Deathbell – With the Beyond (Album Review)

Yesssss bring on doom! Hailing from France “Deathbell” is a female fronted fuzz filled stoner metal band. With their new album “With the Beyond.” And my god this album has it all, heavy riffs, monolithic drums, cathedral organs and vocals that’ll put you into a meditative state. So let us begin.

Right from the beginning of this album it is just pure heaviness but it never leaves you getting bored, it keeps you wanting more throughout the whole record. It’s a perfect blend of heaviness but very catchy. Like some sort of mermaid dragging you in with her beautiful voice then killing you brutally.

This album is pretty straight forward, that’s what I love about this genre, it’s very simple and pure. They remind me a lot of Windhand and those sort of stoner metal bands. But they know when to slow things down and get evil but they know when to pick things up and get the party going and I absolutely love that. So make sure you go check these guys out, and go buy their merch.

http://deathbelldoom.bandcamp.com/album/with-the-beyond

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