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Reaching at least the top 5 of our annual “Doom Metal Band Name” ranking, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard releases have always been a sure bet for fat riffs iced over huge, sluggish beats, with a few synthesizers added for flavor. Yn Ol I Annwyn is Welsh for Return to the Underworld, which is exactly what the record invites you to do.

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Yn Ol I Annwyn by Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
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7/10 Will Staff review, 26 February 2019

The title of this record, ‘Yn Ol I Annwn’, is Welsh for ‘return to the underworld’ and if that doesn’t give some indication to the style of this album this I don’t know what does. Each song is concerned with different worlds, the occult, and the great beyond, be it the opening heavy synth stylings of ‘Tralfamadore’ (referencing an alien race invented by Kurt Vonnegut) or the expansiveness of ‘Five Days in the Abyss’.

My favourite element of Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (for that is their name) is singer Jessica Ball’s voice. She has a beautiful subdued timbre and the harmonies are always superbly placed. Without that element, this record would be a different one indeed. On their Bandcamp page, she is even described as ‘an astral seraphim’ combined with ‘three ape descendants’. At least I assume Ball is the ‘Astral Seraphim’, something tells me ‘astral seraphim’ is not referencing bearded guitar player Wes Leon... There are, of course, other elements I really enjoyed such as the 70s-style synthesizer interludes like on ‘Tralfamadore’ or ‘Du Bist Jetz Nicht In Der Zukunft’, and how well-produced it is. For such a heavy-record (at times), everything is crystal clear but never loses any of its sludginess (I apologise for my laboured lingo, this isn’t really my area of expertise).

Although I’ve not listened to much sludge or stoner metal, I enjoyed this record and will be investigating their back catalogue forthwith.


9/10 Sam Customer rating (no review), 14th March 2019



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