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Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:08 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © EX1 Records

Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. This collection includes the chart topping new single, “Distance plus Dont Back Down,Epiphany,Mammoth and more. At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael Elvis Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-title debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument. The name Mammoth is really special to me. says Wolf. Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, Id call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much

Van Halen was certainly the name on many people’s lips in late 2020 and early 2021. Of course, this was mainly due to the unfortunate passing of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen on October 6th, 2020. Now we’re treated to a much more pleasing surprise with the release of his son Wolfgang’s long-awaited first solo album. The term ‘solo album’ really takes on its full meaning here, as the recently turned thirty-year-old plays every instrumental part and has been composing the entire album completely alone since 2015. The only outside help came from producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette (Alter Bridge, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) who took care of the impeccable sound design. But the main attraction of this album lies elsewhere: beyond the musical and vocal performance, it’s the sense of melody that jumps out at you. Like Dave Grohl (a fitting comparison as both can be described as a one-man band), Wolfgang Van Halen hits the nail squarely on the head with strong songs that stick in your head after listening. Mammoth WVH turns almost every track into a potential single, impeccably sung and ready to sing along to all day long. Radio friendly? Absolutely. But these songs, with their lush vocal arrangements and spot on instrumentation, are far from shallow commercial tracks. Wolfgang has clearly understood the importance of avoiding simply following in his father’s footsteps, hence why the (very accomplished) guitar solos only make occasional appearances. The multi-instrumentalist opts to explore other avenues. His experience in Tremonti has of course had a strong influence on his music, but there are many other components which may appeal to fans of alternative rock groups (in the American sense of the word) such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Sevendust and, of course, Foo Fighters. When the album flirts with hard rock, we can hear the influences of the likes of Alice In Chains or Winger’s most recent productions. But, if we delve a little deeper and further back, the genetic lineage of the one-man band’s music can be so clearly traced back to the “four boys in the wind” from Liverpool. The sense of how to make a hit, the sense of chorus and the perfect timing all reflect this strong Beatles influence. Mammoth was the very first name of the band Van Halen, chosen by Wolfgang for his project with the blessing of his illustrious father and the other members of the band. It’s a nice tribute to his roots, but the even better tribute was starting his career with an album of this quality, made on his own, and free of any strong paternal influence. Wolfgang Van Halen owes his (predictable) success to his own talent alone and looks set to keep the mythical Van Halen name shining in his own way. The curious will come to see, but will stay to listen. That’s for sure! – Charlélie Arnaud


1. Mammoth WVH – Mr. Ed
2. Mammoth WVH – Horribly Right
3. Mammoth WVH – Epiphany
4. Mammoth WVH – Don’t Back Down
5. Mammoth WVH – Resolve
6. Mammoth WVH – You’ll Be The One
7. Mammoth WVH – Mammoth
8. Mammoth WVH – Circles
9. Mammoth WVH – The Big Picture
10. Mammoth WVH – Think It Over
11. Mammoth WVH – You’re To Blame
12. Mammoth WVH – Feel
13. Mammoth WVH – Stone
14. Mammoth WVH – Distance


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