‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ out on Sept 30th
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard new album ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ out on Sept 30th
NHS are super stoked to present ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ the second album from Welsh doom crew Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard.
Released just 9 months after their debut ‘Noeth Ac Anoeth, it is once again produced by Chris (Conan) Fielding, and is without doubt a whopping great slab of heaviness.
But that’s not all.
Those who’ve investigated beyond the name, have already discovered that both the band and their music are deadly serious, and though MWWB may share sonic alliances with likes of Conan, Windhand and Yob, the many who tuned into their impessive debut have discovered that MWWB don’t stick to the usual tropes, and are a unique proposition, with a sound all their own.
The guitars are down-tuned to ‘Z,’ the guitar tone is tar thick and the riffs massive and full of hooks … of course.
But with the soaring, angelic, multi textured vocals of Jessica Ball, MWWB have added an extra dimension to what’s considered doom. Not your normal melodramatic dark chanteuse here pilgrims, more like MWWB’s secret weapon, a vein of crystal in the rock.
In fact it’s a combination which sounds at times startling and often beautiful. Like if Liz Fraser had fronted Kyuss or Sleep … though that’s too simplistic a comparison.
Y Proffwyd Dwyll has all the elements of the first lp, but here the band reveal their more song based side.
There’s nothing approaching the 30 minute length of their debut’s ‘Nachthexen’ (though these six tracks all clock in around the minute mark) but the arrangements are tighter and the vocal elements are considerably upped. Add to that a smattering of cello, some swirling moog wig outs, and you have a record that also invokes Hawkwind’s cosmic synthscapes, as well as a nod to the John Carpenter soundtracks that the band love.
The album title is old North Welsh loosely translated as ‘False Prophet’ and the concept of worship is the narrative thread that binds the record.
“Humans always seem to need to kneel before someone or something. Drugs. music and euphoria are often combined to get some sort of hypnotised state”
The band have said that Y Proffwyd Dwyll is the second part of a trilogy, so we look forward to the band’s next phase. The tone and the heaviness will be a constant of course, but there’s no doubt that MWWB will be looking to stretch the boundaries of what qualifies for doom, sludge, stoner or whatever, yet further beyond the expected.
The Vinyl will be a limited edition of 500, housed in a gatefold sleeve, printed inner bag with full download included.
There will be 2 colour options, 250 in cherry red and 250 in sea foam green.
The cd will be a 5 panel fold out package, with an alternative take on the LP design.
‘Y Proffwydd Dwyll’ will touchdown in LP/CD/DL formats on September 30th. But you can pre order the vinyl and cd here.
And digitally on ITunes here