When it comes to bands with unusual names, it can often be the case that the music is quite forgettable due to the band putting more work into creating an imaginative name than working on music that will stick in your head, with the band invevitably becoming more of a novelty than an actual legitimate band. However, whilst Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are certainly high on the list of names you won’t be forgetting in a hurry, their music does all the speaking for them, and their three track release Noeth Ac Anoeth is a truly mighty offering.
Weighing in at a whopping 51 minutes in duration, there’s no doubt of this being an unsubstantial listen and the beautiful female vocals really make this more of a unique listen – doom that tends to fall on the sludgier end of the spectrum all tends to sound the same, with the usual bellowed male vocals taking centre stage, so to hear a more feminine approach really gives it a touch of class.
The first two tracks, Les Paradise Artificiels and Slave Moon, are great inclusions, but it does feel like they’re just the warm-up for the main attraction, the thirty-minute epic of Nachthexen, which is a track that is impossible to take in with just one listen because there’s just that much going on in it. From the heavier and downright filthy-sounding sections, to the softer and chilled sections, the song takes many twists and turns as it progresses and it’s a pleasure to listen to as you inevitably spot something new nestled in the track on each listen!
As a whole, this is an excellent listen and the future is looking bright for this brilliant band. Noeth Ac Anoeth is a release that you don’t want to miss.