Saturday 22 July 2017

Mammoth Salmon - Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light (Album Review)

Release date: July 14th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light – Tracklisting

1.Apotheosis 07:08
2.Mortals 08:26
3.Maelstrom of Discontent 07:47
4.Black Moon Ritual 07:40
5.Magnetic Fields of Radiant Light 08:47

Band Members

Paul Dudziak- vocals, guitars
Matt Howl-bass
Chad Walter-drums


Portland Sludge/Stoner Rockers – Mammoth Salmon – make a welcome return with their epic new album – Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light. Two years have passed since the band released their last album and the guys have returned in spectacular fashion. With five heavy sounding sludge/stoner rock songs that have a more doomed and spaced out feel.

Opening track – Apotheosis – has a classic heavy metal feel with Paul's vocals adapting a more heavy metal approach compared to previous albums. The riffs have been given a slight doom/psychedelic makeover as Mammoth Salmon's earlier sounds have become heavier and emotionally distant at times. The psychedelic noises add a harsh sound to the overall tone of the album. It may take some time getting used to but the band are playing some heavily tuned out devilish riffs.

Second track – Mortals – carries on the twisted Sludge/Stoner/Doom Rock sound with the band opening the song with a slowly played riff. Shades of Sabbath can be felt as the band adapt a more Blues Rock approach to their music. It's a slowly played track with violent outbursts of Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs to keep the die-hard metalheads fully entertained.

The other three tracks on the album – Maelstrom Of Discontent, Black Moon Ritual and Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light – all carry on the dark and twisted doomed out riffs that Mammath Salmon expertly create. The down-tuned Sludge/Stoner Metal sounds is played to full effect as the band fully explore their Doom Metal identity compared to previous albums. Paul's vocals are more adventurous with shades of NWOBHM making a welcome appearance.

The standout song is the epic title track which captures everything we love about Mammoth Salmon. Heavy sounds and more outlandish vocals from Paul with stunning support from Matt and Chris on bass and drums respectively. The song does move from different genres too many times for my liking but the song contains my favourite moments of the album. Distorted sludge sounds with a nightmarish feel that will leave the listener pressing play one more time and listening this album from the very start, over and over again.

Magnetic Fields Of Radiant Light is another superb album from Mammoth Salmon and one that proves why these guys are so highly thought of.

Words by Steve Howe