There are bands that are sludge filled doom, or doom filled sludge, or filled sludge doom, sludge doom filled or any other combination you can think of. And whatever that combination may be it fits Mammoth Salmon perfectly. I’m not completely certain what a mammoth salmon is, all I know is that it must be massive, and what I do know for a fact is that the band Mammoth Salmon is also massive. Jam packed into about a forty-six minute run time-give or take a few minutes-Mammoth Salmon display what being heavy is all about and if you’ve never witnessed what exactly a Mammoth Salmon is, well you’re about to find out.
This album titled “Last Vestige of Humanity” holds six monster songs running about forty-six minutes give or take a few minutes. The album is grimy and bursting at the seams with enough sludge to gum up your speakers, and with that being said you should have multiple speakers prepared for multiple listens. And after a couple of listens-or maybe just one-you quickly realize that your chest is cracking under the sheer weight of Mammoth Salmon.
From the beginning of the album which starts with the song titled “Ad Nauseam” Mammoth Salmon have an innate ability to create such a heavy, lurching sound while keeping all of their groove. Through “Last Vestige of Humanity” Mammoth Salmon possess the power to transition from a more glacier slow doom style riff to a more groovy sludge riff without compromising the sound of the music or having one style combat the other. And while doom and sludge mix together as well as a mammoth and a salmon, Mammoth Salmon never push one sound more than the other, instead the sounds are cohesive making for sickeningly heavy listen.
With a name such as these guys have you can only hope that there will be heaviness in their style of play as well as a certain uniqueness and they supply both in droves.Through the course of the album the buzz filled guitars submerge you in the thickest of slime and sludge as the drums, bass and the smokey vocals do the rest to hypnotize you into staying in the dark murky waters that is sludge.
Not only are the riffs punishing but thrown into the sludge and doom concoction are some ear pleasingly sweet guitar solos. It almost breaks up the dark dense grime in which the songs dwell only to be dragged back down into the abyss. There isn’t a moment on this release that offers you a moments reprieve from the buzz filled attack. Everything here is hard hitting from the crunchy guitars, to the pounding drums, the obese bass, and the psychedelic smokey vocals. Not only does Mammoth Salmon pull you in with all of that, but they even get you hooked with some guitar solos as well as sort of a drum solo on the fourth song titled “Memoriam” and the bass gets to shine the most on the ten minute closer “Believe Nothing”. The bass doesn’t exactly get to offer up a bass solo, but it is even more pronounced and funky than on the other songs.
And if you’re not too busy getting crushed by the sheer heaviness of Mammoth Salmon then you can bang your head to this, and if you are too busy getting smothered, then bang your head anyway. The album is very memorable, the riffs are infectious-as a matter of fact the entire album is-and the songs have a way of creeping in you head and staying there. With the run times being longer Mammoth Salmon do a great job of keeping it entertaining never allowing us to stray from the music.
In conclusion, Mammoth Salmon have put out a great record. It is one to listen to carefully because there is quite a bit going on here, but it is also one to just jam out to. Beware the Mammoth Salmon.