Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – “Yn Ol I Annwn” (New Heavy Sounds)
Joining the new generation of female fronted bands like Windhand and Alunah comes Wales’s own Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – and what a name to match their truly impressive sound indeed! “Yn Ol I Annwn” is the final phase of the trilogy that began with “Noeth Ac Anoeth” in 2015 and 2017’s “Y Proffwyd Dwyll”, bringing it all together by massively adding even more atmosphere through the injection of more synths while adding some avant-garde elements here and there like floating choirs, melancholic acoustic pieces and even cellos. It definitely shows the confidence of the band, exemplified no further than by their 13 minute plus instrumental ‘Katyusha’, a gargantuan trip that rocks throughout with the usual bone crunching heaviness of down tuned, fuzz drenched riffs while cosmic moogs and pulverising drums warp your brain into the next dimension. Skilfully mixing doom along with elements of space rock and psychedelia, Jessica Ball’s trance vocals lead the hypnotic inducement of fat hooks, pulsating riffs and monster grooves over the 8 tracks that while keeping to the band’s sound, vary in tempo and slightly different styles to ensure “Yn Ol I Annwn” always stays fresh and energetic from start to finish. From the mesmerising contrast of the quiet but dark, goth atmosphere to ‘Fata Morgana’ that gets shattered by sludge riffs as Ball’s ethereal vocals come gliding in oh so gracefully while space rock sounds whizz around, it’s pretty clear that Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have moved into the next dimension with their composing and arrangements in this weighty but extremely catchy material. Going into heavy stoner on the title track, Ball’s vocals throw in some grunge on the soothing chorus while the dirty guitars of Paul Michael Davies and phat bass of Stuart Sinclair rumbles away, culminating in a huge headbanging ending. Closing with ‘Five Days In The Abyss’, the stark contrast of acoustic interludes, powering trance doom and crushing sludge couldn’t be anymore epic, especially when Balls’s shimmering angelic sounds add to the warp frenzy made complete by the wild, wailing guitars. Man, what a trip!