Mammoth first appeared on a compilation in 1997, 'The Four Dollar Ohio Kings Comp.', then reappeared with a track on the 'Destroysall - A Tribute To Godzilla' compilation in 2003. Finally, the year is 2008 and this unorthodox doom/sludge one-man project - curtisy Chris Smith from Keelhaul - releases a third track.
The previous efforts took the old-Grief-&-Eyehategod-school and twisted it. This time, however, the music is clearly influenced by their splitmates Sloth. The slow, dirging bass lines create a foundation which is clearly doom metal in structure - granted that one label Sunn O))) as doom metal - but the remainder of the music has the 'Sloth's silly noise brand' written all over it. well, with one exception that is. Mammoth, unlike Sloth, uses the drums as effect rather than for rhythm. Strangely enough, this makes the track sound somewhat intelligent...
As the reader surely is aware of, Sloth don't wait five or six years in-between each release. On the contrary, they have released as much as ten releases in one year (1996)! Then again, Sloth isn't exactly a side project.
Sloth's contribution to this split lives up to it's name (scroll down and read it for yourself). It's purposely incoherent, silly and somewhat spaced. But it doesn't stop there. They also include a little pirate jig with a rapping munchkin. Hilarious as always!
Two-hundred and twenty-five copies were made of this 7". That would mean that this split isn't too hard to get hold of. Thus, if you're interested in two silly tracks of the Sloth-vein, then this should be an inexpensive choice. Both tracks are high quality (whatever that means in this kind of music) and tracks that I will keep on repeating on my stereo. The outerspace-fish is also quite nice.
1. "crazy psycho music it makes me want to go into outerspace."
Duration : Approx. 12 minutes.
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