Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Mammoth Mammoth - Volume III, Hell's Likely - Limited Edition - #111

Mammoth Mammoth - Volume III, Hell's Likely - Limited Edition

All the best in 2013 to all of you reading this blog and keep on rockin'. Let's see what the new year has in stock for us. The old one brought this album, which I found literally hours away from finishing 2012. I have no idea about the band, except that it seems to be an outfit from Down Under. Australia has come up with some exceptionally good bands in the popular music genre, Bondi Cigars for one, Beasts Of Bourbon another combo and a host of other orchestras. And no, AC/DC is not one of them. One of the exceptionally good ones, that is, not even just plain good.

Mammoth Mammoth (what a silly name!) seems to have been at it for a couple of years, although I haven't really gathered a lot of information about the band. Their Website is nothing to write home about and there's only bits and pieces strewn throughout the www universe. I'm no big fan of Hardrock, but this one does nicely. My usual reference points are Motörhead and ... yes, Motörhead. Plus a few others, but they are a bit different from your normal 08/15 Hardrock fare (Winter is one). Mammoth Mammoth play the kind of rough Rock that has a lot of grip. Not the kind that slushes everything around and where the singer sounds like he's got his testicles mangled. No, this band plays precise, hard and to the point and the singer has a real voice (and not like an enuch).

I've read some reviews and to say that they all agree more or less on the same result is quite the opposite from being true. I believe no two reviewers come out with the approximate equal opinion about this album. There's people giving it just one star, there're others who give it full marks. To me, it's a 9 out of ten. This is not Progrock, some might call it rather primitive, but it certainly makes a point. Hardrock without any trumpery. A bit like Motörhead on tranquilizers, but still trying to fly through the album at 100mph.

No idea what it is with this "Limited Edition" thing, might be the 5 bonus tracks, but they're required here, since the original tracklisting is only seven songs long. The album is available on CD and LP (the latter still being in the mail to my letterbox). Released on Napalm Records NPR 460 (for the CD). A good album to start the new year and certainly a contender for album of the year 2012.



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