mammatus The Coast Explodes (LP, £16.50)label: Holy Mountain
Mammatus’s second album straddles the line between psychedelia and hard rock while introducing more progressive aspects. The music is heavily influenced by both the power and complexity of the natural world and the ongoing battles of light and darkness. “Excellent Swordfight” continues the same story told on their debut’s “Dragon of the Deep.” “Pierce the Darkness” explores being a light in a dark world. “The Changing Wind” is a pipe-led psychedelic folk tune that could have been cited by Ghost’s Second Time Around and the shanga vibes of the forest in the Autumn. It unfurls into the title track which encapsulates the massive fury of the ocean. “The same heavy, spastic psych as Acid Mothers Temple, Psychic Paramount, Comets on Fire and Green Milk from the Planet Orange.” — Dusted. “… draws heavily on the cornerstones of mind warping, heavy music—Hawkwind, Sleep, Floyd, Sabbath…. It’s both heavy, soothing, and altogether engrossing. Bottom line, if you want your head caved in and you want to feel really good about it, get this….” — StonerRock.com.
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