Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard is a Welsh doom metal quartet, who first started to receive attention across the UK with a cassette demo released earlier this year, which featured a 30 minute doom metal opera “Nachthexen” as their sound has been compared to the likes of Ufommamut, Windhand, Yob, Amon Duul II, Hawkwind and Cult of Luna and received attention from the likes of Kerrang! Building on the buzz their cassette demo received, the quartet will be releasing their debut effort, Noeth Ac Anoeth, a title derived from an old Welsh phrase that describes a druidic concept that generally can be described as “an abode of existence” or “Hades crossed with nothingness” through London-based label New Heavy Sounds on December 4 — with the band’s full-length debut slated for a release sometime in early 2016.
Noeth Ac Anoeth’s latest single is an edited version of EP opening track “Les Paradis Artificiels” is comprised of enormous, sludgy, down tuned power chords, thundering percussion, down tuned, rumbling bass, eerie atmospherics and vocalist Jessica Bell’s ethereal siren wailing to craft a sound that’s forceful and heavy — and yet psychedelic like stoner rock but complete with a subtle cosmic sheen, as the song twist and morphs about while being held together with a tight rhythm section.
The 3-song, over 50-minute album Noeth Ac Anoeth
to be released by London, UK label New Heavy Sounds
derives its title from an old Welsh phrase which is a druidic concept meaning an abode of existence, or Hades crossed with nothingness. It is the band’s first release on LP and CD, following a cassette demo released in early 2015 comprised of the single 30-minute doom rock space opera “Nachthexen” which is included on this release.
MWWB‘s sound has all the crushing weight and expanse of Ufommamut, Windhand or Yob, combined with a love of the hypnotic grooves of Amon Duul II, the cosmic soundscapes of Hawkwind and Cult of Luna at their most cosmic, and a dose of dark psychedelia. Crammed with a dark medley of riffs and textures, and topped off by MWWB’s secret weapon, the angelic siren song of vocalist Jessica Ball.
In addition to the epic “Nachthexen”, “Les Paradis Artificiels” is another downtuned epic, the mammoth riffs and shifts are still there, but here the vocals are more present, mesmerizing and fully integrated. It’s like the Cocteau Twins or My Bloody Valentine landed in a doom band and said “fuck yeah, this works.” Closer “Slave Moon” is experimental… progressive even. 10-plus minutes of thumping atmospherics and ascending guitar layers, and some pretty filthy, yet catchy riffing.
Expect MWWB’s first proper album in 2016. Noeth Ac Anoeth
is released by New Heavy Sounds
on CD, download and limited edition transparent frosted vinyl (with CD included) on December 4th, 2015. Physical pre-orders are available HERE