Wonderfully bruising and insatiably riotous Australian rockers Mammoth Mammoth are primed to ignite the world in a furious and unapologetic dirty brawl of rock n roll. The quartet has taken their homeland by storm and with the release of the second album, Vol: III Hell’s Likely, are poised to set about the rest of the world and it is hard to think of what is going to stop them after all it only took the first third of the opening song on the album to make us life time enlistees in their mischief.
Released on Napalm Records, Vol: III Hell’s Likely is the first official introduction for Europe and the world, unleashing seven new songs (eight for the vinyl version with an extra exclusive track on not on the CD) as well as including the extra bonus of tracks from their 2008 debut self-titled EP, another five raw and equally thumping encounters, on all formats. The album does not exactly bring anything new to the table but whips up familiar sounds into incendiary and flavoursome new confrontations to fall in league with. The tracks are riff driven, like a thunderous juggernaut whose driver never touches the wheel with hands which are busy creating alternative hungry conjurations, but remains unerringly direct and deliberate in intent and ferocity. Their sound as mentioned is unbridled rock n roll which comes with extra lashings of punk and stoner rock, the band at times sounding like the middle finger of a union between Motorhead, Eyehategod, Trucker Diablo, and Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. It is immediately persuasive and with ease have senses and emotions rampaging as eagerly as the sounds inciting them.
Consisting of vocalist Mikey Tucker, guitarist Ben Couzens, bassist Pete Bell, and Frank Trobbiani on drums, the band has built up a massive reputation for their sounds and explosive live shows which alongside their well-received EP and first album Mammoth in 2009, has placed them as one of the hottest and impressive rock bands in Australia. Whether they replicate that beyond their home borders time will tell but it is hard to imagine the Melbourne band failing to make a major impression.
The song Hells Likely opens up the feast of energy and merciless riffing and as stated earlier was no slouch in immediately picking up new fans for the band. It is an adrenaline fuelled sonic eighteen wheeler with no regard for the use of breaks apart just slowing slightly for a ‘melodic corner’. To be honest there is not a lot to point out on the song, it is all about the riffs with equally compulsive punk vocals and storming harmonies adding their own badgering intent. There is not much else within the song to deviate it from its focused path and it is simply glorious, just how uncomplicated compelling rock music should be.
The following Go next fuses some sinewy hard rock to a slight stoner air whilst still offering a core of breath taking riffs and undiluted energy. It is not the ferocious storm of its predecessor but is still an equally impacting creation of melodic scarring and slamming rhythms alongside greedy riffs. The scorched solo and sonic display of Couzens adds extra spice to the deeply satisfying track, and arguably though it does not go anywhere new there are no complaints available when it is nevertheless so rewarding.
The coarse punk onslaught of Bare Bones adds another pleasing variation whilst (Up All Night) Demons to Fight and Sitting Pretty both offer a blues lilt especially in the second of the two. Whilst neither live up to the earlier rampant songs both leave one enthused and eagerly compliant with their contagion. Listening to them you can imagine some people focusing on the fact that again there is nothing truly unique about the tracks and release, and they are arguably right but ignoring that the band just satisfies every other element and demand you can ask of a rock band, Mammoth Mammoth short changes nobody.
Rivalling the opener for best track is I Want It Too, a track setting free an irresistible sonic wasp of a groove which if anything could have brought an even deeper sting within the squalling fuzzy guitar sonics and irrepressible riffs. Nevertheless the classic rock soaked song is as persistent as it is sharply crafted and again leaves one breathless at its sonically corrosive departure.
Closing with the excellent Danzig touching shadow crawling Bury Me the album is a real treat and set to bring the band to wide attention. The bonus tracks suffer production wise and pale against the album, but all and in particular Let’s Roll, Slacker, and the outstanding The Bad Oil provide further welcome pleasures to devour. Rock music has never been hungrier thanks to bands like Mammoth Mammoth, time for us all to join their rampage.
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