Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Welsh Music Prize

Welsh doom band Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have been shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize. The Welsh Music Prize was created in 2011 by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and festival promoter and music industry expert John Rostron and has previously been won by the likes of Joanna Gruesome and Gruff Rhys. As you can imagine this makes MWWB the heaviest band (with the best/worst name) to be ever be shortlisted and a cool bit of mainstream exposure for extreme metal. The shortlist of the prize is today being revealed and ’Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ is one of twelve albums which show the scope of the music being produced by artists from Wales. Experimental and ambitious, Wrexham based four-piece Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have a vision for the crowded doom genre. Their latest release ’Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ i.e. ‘The False Prophet’ in Old North Welsh, is a dark, heavy, yet extraordinary journey which shows the full scope of the bands’ talents. Dave from the band said: ‘We are surprised and honoured to be shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize. We’ve always tried to include where we come from in the music we write. The Welsh language is beautiful and very descriptive so we wanted all our album titles to be in Welsh. We really wanted to explore and advance our sound with this album so we included more stuff like vocal harmonies and analogue synths. The response the album received was great and being invited to play in such cool places such as Poland, Germany and Lithuania kind of indicates that Welsh music does travel well.’

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