Warning: Mammoth on the - fuzzy - road.
With their second LP entitled Under Acid Hoof, the Greek quartet delivers the dose of fuzzy doom you need. On mammoth’s back.
How is the sound ?
We are experiencing strange times. While I am writing these words, you are probably confined at home because of this shit of COVID-19 pandemia. Your humble servant makes no exception: I am stuck in my house waiting for more entertaining days. Still I try to see the glass half-full. To me, it means dedicating even more time to the fuzzy music. That is why, I chose to come back over one of the album I have listened the most this year: Under Acid Hoof, by Greek band Acid Mammoth. You may already know it, as it was released on January 24th. But this album deserves to be one more time under the spotlight.
The album starts with “Them!”. This track encapsulates the essence of Under Acid Hoof : a rather classic but efficient psychedelic doom performance, upgraded by a definitively modern sound signature. The riff is crushing, the atmosphere is gloomy and we directly think to Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard. Then we pay attention to the texture of this modern sound, and we notice we are not dealing with another vintage band. In this balance resides the power of the new Acid Mammoth. A power synonym of addiction.
The mammoth’s charge continues with second track “Tree Of Woe”. Maybe the best of the album as it is the one which displays the most Acid Mammoth personal signature. Stabbing fuzzy riffs intertwine with a stomping duo drum/bass that carries the addictive power that characterizes the whole album. All this haunted delirium finally drops in a melodic solo section with more modern accent. Monolord never seemed so close to Greece… Middle section’s track “Tusks Of Doom” follows the path of precedent “Tree of Woe”, searching for the right balance between doom masters’ legacy and modern influences. It shines more by its efficiency than pure originality.
Following song “Jack The Riffer” offers more variety. The music slows down and gains in heaviness with this sentencing Sleep-like intro. Electricity becomes more present and helps to generate a more psychedelic atmosphere. Here comes this impression of exploring the darkest side of the disk. Eponym track “Under Acid Hoof” closes the loop in a classic but coherent way. The intro riff reminds us the precedent track with this Sleep inclination while the main melody and blast beat drumming refer more to the spirit of first track “Them!”. A last stomping track for a short (35 minutes) but intense album.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because the balance between tradicional sonorous references and a modern sound signature makes the album particularly easy to listen and addictive.
- Because you need to listen and appreciate this really sharp sound mixing.
- Because it is the kind of albums you never get rid off.
In what situation you should listen to this album?
So easy to listen that it can fit with any situation.
Something particular to note?
Both father and son, Chris Babalis Sr (guitar) and Chris Babalis Jr. (vocal/guitar) rock together in Acid Mammoth ! When Sabbath’s worshiping becomes family story…
Jack The Riffer
For Fans Of
Black Sabbath - Electric Wizard - Sleep - Monolord
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