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Acid Mammoth - Supersonic Megafauna Collision review




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Band: Acid Mammoth
Album: Supersonic Megafauna Collision
Style: Doom metal, Stoner metal
Release date: April 2024


01. Supersonic Megafauna Collision
02. Fuzzorgasm (Keep On Screaming)
03. Garden Of Bones
04. Atomic Shaman
05. One With The Void
06. Tusko's Last Trip

Dance with the fuzz now, baby. Feed your desire!

I first discovered the Greek project Acid Mammoth when researching the discography of Italian stoner band 1782 in preparation for my review of their 2023 album Clamor Luciferi. Listening to the 2020 split release Doom Sessions Vol. 2 of the two bands, I remember liking the style of Acid Mammoth a lot more. So, when I saw the Greeks’ newest album Supersonic Megafauna Collision among the list of new releases, my hopes were high to have a good stoner experience.

What I didn't like about 1782’s stoner metal approach is their overly calm and almost unassuming style, in which both instruments and vocals drone along in the background without creating any big impact on the listener. Acid Mammoth thankfully take a more direct approach, demanding your attention with loud, midtempo, chunky riffage and the singer's falsetto wailing. Now, these more in-your-face vocals of course run the risk of being too intrusive, edging on annoying whining. On each repeated listen, my personal opinion keeps switching between enjoyment and slight cringe. At times, the singing style sounds kind of like that trippy, spaced-out vibe of King Buffalo’s vocals, which I generally enjoy. However, the high-pitched vocals of Acid Mammoth at other times sound too over-the-top, causing me to wince. In the end, it will be up to the preference of the individual listener to decide whether the vocal style is a good fit for the music.

The guitar-work, in contrast, is indisputable in its quality, I'd say. The riffs are everything one would hope to expect from stoner doom: ominous and catchy at the same time. With a rumbling, fuzzy foundation, the guitars provide crunchy groove and piercing solos. The drumming and bass guitar work together in lockstep to craft a nice midtempo rhythm, reminiscent of the slow, incessant trudging of mammoth feet.

There's also a surprising amount of variety of moods on Supersonic Megafauna Collision. You have the calm, distortion-free, and vaguely oriental-sounding instrumentation on “One With The Void”. You have the patient, lumbering doom tracks like the 11-minute-long closer “Tusko's Last Trip”.
And, you have the relatively fast-paced “Fuzzorgasm” with humorous seductive lyrics like:
Come feel fuzz now, baby. Walk through the fire!
Come taste the fuzz now, baby. Your soul's on fire! Yeah!
Absorb the fuzz now, baby. Come fuel the fire!
Dance with the fuzz now, baby. Feed your desire! Yeah!

Yeah, the lyrics are cheesy and simplistic, but together with the ultra-groovy guitar-work, how can you resist the fuzz now, baby?

With high-quality, catchy riffs and melodic, lead guitar-work on every song, I'm happy to say that Acid Mammoth have created a fun listening experience that every proper stoner metal fan should try out. The vocals might not be to everyone's liking, but the engaging songwriting and a fresh dose of variety amongst the tracklist make Supersonic Megafauna Collision a worthy, enjoyable release for fans of the fuzz.







Written on 15.04.2024 by The sign of good music is the ability to both convey and trigger emotion.


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21.04.2024 - 11:00
ForestsAlive
What disappoints mostly about bands like Acid Mammoth is the lack of originality from the band name, 70s album cover and song titles (with overused words in the genre like fuzz, atomic, supersonic). It’s like a rehash of the same old tropes just so that the band is accepted by the stoner community. Should the music matter the most ? For sure, but sometimes we want the artist to be authentic with a unique identity and Acid Mammoth fail in that respect.
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21.04.2024 - 11:12
Rating: 7
F3ynman
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Written by ForestsAlive on 21.04.2024 at 11:00

What disappoints mostly about bands like Acid Mammoth is the lack of originality from the band name, 70s album cover and song titles (with overused words in the genre like fuzz, atomic, supersonic). It’s like a rehash of the same old tropes just so that the band is accepted by the stoner community. Should the music matter the most ? For sure, but sometimes we want the artist to be authentic with a unique identity and Acid Mammoth fail in that respect.

That is a good point. Rehashing tropes like that is very unoriginal. While I like good but standard albums too, and not every band has to be super avant-garde, bands should still strive for creativity, whether it's in the album artwork, lyrics, band image, or music. Maybe if they embraced more of the prehistoric themes, they could be more original. But, then again, on Metal Archives, I see there are 37 bands with the word "mammoth" in their name, so probably one of those bands has already done that
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21.04.2024 - 12:14
Nejde
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They should've done a cover of the music from the Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy level in Yoshi's Island. They already have the perfect fuzz metal song title right there
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