Swedish stoner prog veterans MAMMOTH VOLUME share details of new album on Blues Funeral Recordings; watch « A Lullaby of Doom » video!
21 years after releasing their landmark album ‘A Single Book of Songs By…’, Swedish stoner prog veterans MAMMOTH VOLUME return with their new album ‘The Cursed Who Perform The Larvagod Rites’ this August 19th, 2022 as part of Blues Funeral Recordings’ PostWax Vol. II series. Watch their new video for « A Lullaby of Doom » now via The Obelisk!
In the years between 1998 and 2002, MAMMOTH VOLUME released three albums that each made an increasingly massive impact on the growing worldwide heavy rock community. With a style that blended an affection for American desert rock but was just as deeply characterized by a passion for 70s prog, jazzy breaks and wistful passages, their quirky take on heavy rock offered an angular yet infectious alternative to the boogie van riffage advanced by so many of the genre’s purveyors.
Stronger and weirder than ever, the godfathers of stoner prog return with their comeback album of genre-bending heavy rock fusion. Ready to blindside the world with massive riffs, unexpected instrumentation, and angular yet irresistible hooks, MAMMOTH VOLUME‘s approach remains utterly unique, just as it was when this innovative foursome reigned over the early, wild west days of the online stoner rock landscape with a trio of albums that captured the imagination and affection of the entire scene. Prepare yourself for a welcome reemergence, as ‘The Cursed Who Perform The Larvagod Rites’ is guaranteed to stun and delight fans of every sub-niche in the riff-heavy underground!
Watch new video « A Lullaby of Doom » at this location
The band says: “The Cursed who Perform the Larvagod Rites is our first official release in over twenty years. A little bit of butterflies in the stomach, and a metallic taste in the mouth actually. How will our old fans react to our music in 2022? Well, we can promise them it is like nothing they could even imagine. It’s not metal, it’s not Nordic folk music, it’s not retro prog; but a bit of everything in between these styles. The Cursed who Perform the Larvagod Rites is a fictional (and sometimes not so fictional) journey through fire-ravaged wastelands, medieval castles, long abandoned ruins, post-apocalyptic cities and the modern city. So strap in, because you will be encountering demons, fortune tellers, literary figures, and of course the occasional cryptic gobbledygook lyrics for good measure. »
New album ‘The Cursed Who Perform The Larvagod Rites’ will be issued in various vinyl formats (limited translucent yellow and dark red), limited digipack CD and digital on August 19th, with preorder available now through Blues Funeral Recordings. Its artwork was designed by Johnny Dombrowski.
New album ‘The Cursed Who Perform the Larvagod Rites’
Out August 19th on Blues Funeral Recordings – PREORDER
1. The Kuleshov Effect
2. Diablo IV
3. Medieval Torture Device
4. Want to Join Us? Come Back Later!
6. The Lightwedge 60’s Race, Zombie Piccolos and the German
7. A King and a Tyrant
8. A Lullaby of Doom
9. Diablo V: Lanternsong
Mammoth Volume was founded in the small Swedish town of Lysekil in 1996, during a recording session where Daniel Gustafsson was the artist and Nicklas Andersson was the sound engineer. Also at the session was Nicklas’ brother Jörgen (known then as THE metal singer in Lysekil). A friend of the three, Kalle Berlin, was invited to complete the lineup of the new band on bass, an instrument he hadn’t played before. A truly humble beginning. At the time, stoner rock was new, cool, and catching fire in Sweden, and Mammoth Volume immediately sought to differentiate themselves. Proggy sections, unusual melodic phrasings, jazzy breaks, shady tempo changes and wistful ballads became hallmarks of their sound.
A band who never thought anyone but friends and family would listen to their music signed with American record company The Music Cartel in 1998, and released their debut album the following year. Emails and phone calls began to flow in. The visitor counter on their official website increased noticeably, and Stonerrock.com – the place to be if you followed the genre – praised the record.
Noara Dance was released in 2000, a seven-song EP on CD and vinyl. Another positive response followed, and the band embarked on small tours in Germany and Holland with Dozer and Terra Firma, among others. In 2001, A Single Book of Songs was released and hit like a bomb in the scene. The album won the year’s best album on Stonerrock.com, even though the record made it clearer than ever that Mammoth Volume was as influenced by Yes and Mike Oldfield as by Kyuss. The band took to the road for the biggest tour of their career across Europe, playing in some places to packed houses, while other venues were almost comically empty.
The first phase of Mammoth Volume came to a close with the release of the 17-song « DEMO » album The Early Years. With that, the band took a long break. They recorded a few demos in the mid-2000s, had a couple of rehearsals, gigs and recording sessions in the early 2010s, but all in a fairly underground way. But Nicklas always had the vision to restart the band properly, convinced that, with Daniel at his side, Mammoth Volume had more to give. At last, the band officially reactivated in 2019, stronger than ever, and ready to present their comeback album of genre-bending stoner-prog fusion to an unsuspecting world.
MAMMOTH VOLUME is
Jörgen « Aston » Andersson – Vocals
Daniel Gustafsson – Guitars, Keyboards
Kalle Berlin – Bass
Nicklas Andersson – Drums, Vocals, Percussions
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