(8/10) If Airbourne is the little brother of AC/DC than Mammoth Mammoth is the MEAN little brother of the famous band from Down Under.
I have to admit that I like the sound of the band from Melbourne, Australia. They don't play innovative and/or complex music. They just do what they can do best. This is writing and playing straight-forward rock'n'roll and by doing this they prove that you can make excellent music with just a few chords. The sound of Mammoth Mammoth is nothing for your brain. This music that goes directly into veins.
Positioned somewehere between AC/DC and Motorhead the band delivers ten songs on the newest album that could be the perfect soundtrack of your next party. And actually having seen them live in Rotterdam a few month ago I also have to say that their shows are more a kind of party than a concert.
Regardless is it's the uncompromissing "Reign supreme", the grooving "Black dog" or the stoner-like "Electric sunshine"; Mammoth Mammoth delivers - and this in a good quality.
But also the start and the end of the fourth album are worth to be mentioned. "Life's a bitch" is a fast rocker that doesn't take any prisoners. And the chorus couldn't be better - "Life's a bitch and then you die".
The counterpart to this high speed opener is the closer. "High as a kite" starts with waves and downtuned guitar. It's a very relaxed beginning. The track also stays in a slow pace and sits somewhere between doom and stoner. It's a nine minutes long song is also more the exception than the rule when it comes to the Australian four-piece. But it sounds good and Mammoth Mammoth can keep the tension on a high level. I just wonder why the songs needs to fades-out.
"Volume IV - Hammered again" is an album that makes fun to listen to from the first to the last song. Music for having a good time.
- Life's a bitch
- Lookin' down the barrel
- Electric sunshine
- Fuel injected
- Black dog
- Promised land
- Reign supreme
- Sick (of being sick)
- Hammered again
- High as a kite
Label: Napalm Records