Welsh-Language Doom Meets Chris De Burgh? Say Hello To Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Having seen their name, you now know that Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have the best moniker in British metal. And, building on their already-good name in doom circles, the first cut and title-track from their forthcoming new album Yn Ol Annwn (Welsh for Return To The Underworld) is worthy of their stamp. Check it out below…
“As its the title-track I wanted to write something big and kinda anthemic,” explains guitarist Paul Michael Davies. “We thought, ‘Let’s do an FM Rock song about being dead and stuck in the Underworld. I can’t think of many other pop rock sounds about being dead… Well apart from Don’t Pay The FerryMan by Chris Dr Burgh.”
Quite. But if this seems like an odd tack for a doom band, Paul says that’s because Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard are happy to do their own thing under the genre’s weighty banner regardless of whether that turns some people off, whether that’s their name, using their native tongue, or Yn Ol Annwn being part of a trilogy of albums.
“We love down-tuned heavy music, but the doom scene can be a bit formulaic,” he offers. “If some doom fans are put off by the name, or think they are gonna get generic doom, then are disappointed, then that’s fine by us. We don’t wanna be big rock stars. We just wanna do right by the real fans that have supported us from the start.”
Yn Ol Annwn is out on March 1 via New Heavy Sounds, and is available for pre-order now.
Catch the band live…
22 London Lexington with Elephant Tree
11 Manchester Rebellion with Witchsorrow