Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard return to hell
‘Yn Ol I Annwn’, (Pronounced Un Ol Ee Anoon) Welsh for ‘Return To The Underworld’, is the third part of a trilogy of albums from Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard that began with ‘Noeth Ac Anoeth’ (Naked in the Otherworld, pronounced Noyth Ac Anoyth) in 2015 and 2017’s ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ (The False Prophet, pronounced Ur provwid doylth) (which got them nominated for the Welsh Music Prize in 2017). Today the band have shared the title track from this latest record.
Listen to ‘ Yn Ol I Annwn’ – https://soundcloud.com/new-heavy-sounds/yn-ol-i-annwn
Guitarist Paul Michael Davies comments,
“As its the title track I wanted to write something big and kinda anthemic. We thought let’s do an FM Rock song about being dead and stuck in the Underworld. I can’t think of many other pop rock sounds about being dead.. well apart from Don’t Pay The Ferryman by Chris Dr Burgh…
This album reflects our influences more than ever. It may divide people but we’ve always kinda kicked against the typical doom tropes.
We love down tuned heavy music but the doom scene can be a bit formulaic. If some doom fans are put off by the name, or think they are gonna get generic doom, then are disappointed, then that’s fine by us. We don’t wanna be big rock stars. We just wanna do right by the real fans that have supported us from the start…”
The eight songs that comprise this album, sees the band delve deeper into their collective influences, embracing full on space rock, atmospheric film soundtracks, melancholic acoustic interludes, psychedelia, cosmic moog’s and percussion, moments of introspection and light … and of course, large helpings of doom. The fat riffs, big hooks and endless space grooves are all present and correct.
And once again Jessica Ball’s voice glides over it all, both sweet and melancholy, yet this time more assured. A myriad of stacked harmonies and layered vocals weave in and out of the tracks, adding an ‘other-worldly’ melodicism to the songs. No one else is pushing the boundaries of heavy like MWWB. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard sound like Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, full stop.
‘Yn Ol I Annwn’ is set to land on March 1st 2019 and will be available on CD/DL and limited edition double vinyl. First pressings will be housed in a gatefold sleeve. With a Green/Blue marble version and an Amber and Red disc version. Full download included.
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have also announced two upcoming shows.
22nd March – The Lexington, London w/ Elephant Tree
18th May – Rebellion, Manchester w/ Witchsorrow & more
Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.