photo by Jim Thompson
Heady Mental is the perfect title for the new Mammatus album, for it rests heavily in the moldy caverns of heavy metal history, but doesn’t get too comfortable before revealing its true colors. This is music for flight, music for the sky, and music for the things that lie beyond. These men are searching for the source through sound. Repetitions of themes with variants spread over four separate songs that act as a whole. Heady Mental functions as a soundtrack to the Mammatus Brain: Heavy/Airy, Earth/Sky, Man/Creator, Complete and Grok’d.
Mammatus's second album The Coast Explodes straddles the line between psychedelia and hard rock while introducing more progressive aspects. The music is heavily influenced by both the power and complexity of the natural world and the ongoing battles of light and darkness.
"Excellent Swordfight" is a continuation of the same story told in the debut's "Dragon of the Deep." "Pierce the Darkness" explores being a light in a dark world. "The Changing Wind" is a pipe-led psychedelic folk tune that could have been sited by Ghost's Second Time Around and the shanga vibes of the forest in the Autumn. It unfurls into the title track which encapsulates the massive fury of the ocean.
The same heavy, spastic psych as Acid Mothers Temple, Psychic Paramount, Comets on Fire and Green Milk from the Planet Orange.
While Mammatus hasn't been around for very long, they deliver on just about every level. Their self-titled debut draws heavily on the cornerstones of mind warping, heavy music--Hawkwind, Sleep, Floyd, Sabbath... It's both heavy, soothing, and altogether engrossing. Bottom line, if you want your head caved in and you want to feel really good about it, get this...
Mammatus are a new four piece rock band from Santa Cruz, California. The album consists of four long tracks, the longest, "Dragon of the Deep Part 2" clocks in at a staggering 25 minutes long. With an excess of fuzz and wah noise they manage to combine all the best bits of 70's psychedelic rock with the sonic attack of early Monster Magnet as they simultaneously enter the realm of heavy drone sludge rock. The sleeve of this album was crafted by Arik Roper who has also worked with likes of Sleep, Sunn O))), Comets on Fire and Arthur Magazine. Since forming at the beginning of 2005 Mammatus have been playing regularly in their native town of Santa Cruz and in venues in San Francisco which has gathered them lots of praise and interest. They are embarking on an intense nation wide tour with their friends Residual Echoes this summer.
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