CD REVIEW: Mammothor - Self Titled
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Genre: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock,
Sounds Like: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Santana, Jethro Tull, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains
Weakness: A Few Winded Songs, Dated Sound
Boston based 6 piece band Mammother just released their self debut CD in 2012. Band members include Jimmy Douglas (Vocals), Josh Johnson (Guitar), Adam Lentine (Drums), Brian Perry (Bass), Dana Shrpton (Guitar) and Jeff Barberie (Keyboards).
The CD kicks things off with “Slave One Day” a hard rocking intro groove that serves up sonic guitar intro, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar and foreboding vocal presence from Douglas. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with Gong Bozner” a marketable yet melodic follow-up piece that serves up heartfelt vocal delivery and dynamic musical flow that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Curse of Time” keeps things moving with its hard hitting guitar ambience, methodical musical build and dynamic feel. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Santana, Soundgarden, Audioslave with perhaps a dash of Jethro Tull, The Godz, and Alice in Chains. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven hard rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are amazing, gritty and are deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock to Hard Rock aftertaste. Douglass’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick with impressive drum accents and fills. What I like most about the music is its sheer consistency, intensity; note for note and song for song. By track 5 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. I also like some of the classic jam band moments and psychedelic rock production touches on some of the songs. From mesmerizing “Bird Man” to hard hitting “Mammothor” and “The Stand” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with a bonus track “Slave One Day (acoustic) the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. The production value comes across as sounding a bit dated. Perhaps they need to modernize their sound just a tad for Marketability sake. I’ll give this last comment a hall pass because perhaps that’s what they were shooting for in their attempt to dish out a raw Psychedelic Rock sound. The CD is a bit short only possessing 7 tracks, perhaps 3-4 more tracks are needed to make this a fully loaded release. The CD material itself is comprised of sticker/printer material, not the typical silk screen material you would come to expect of Industry Standard releases these day.
This latest release Mammothor is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent. The playing, writing and singing is amazing and no doubt these cats a re a riot to check out live. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say? Mammother proves that the Rock n’ Roll party is still going strong.