Mammoth Volume - _Mammoth Volume_
(The Music Cartel, 1999)
by: Aaron McKay (2 out of 10)
Sleep. Electric Wizard. Orange Goblin. Have you heard of them? Well, so has Mammoth Volume, obviously. Unlike Engine, who -don't- really appear to be associated with the "right" label, Mammoth Volume -does-. All stoner, all the time! A lot can be said for maintaining some consistency, but more could be said for being divergent and unique. The latter, this Swedish '70s retro experimental group isn't. If you are going to share a common sound with a relatively crowded genre, change it up a little bit. I was even -that- smart in college when I "referenced" other people's work. Dirty, murky and sludgy best represent MV's sound. Can you hear a Kyuss influence on this release? Yes, but why would you want to demean John, Josh, Scott, and Alfredo? Anyway, with The Atomic Bitchwax available for your listening pleasure, why go with Mammoth Volume?

(article published 9/12/1999)


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