Monday 30 December 2019

Acid Mammoth - Under Acid Hoof (Album Review)

Release date: January 24th 2020. Label: Heavy Psych Sounds. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Under Acid Hoof – Tracklisting

Tree Of Woe
Tusks Of Doom
Jack The Riffer
Under Acid Hoof


Chris Babalis Jr. – Vocals, Guitars
Chris Babalis Sr. – Guitars
Dimosthenis Varikos – Bass
Marios Louvaris – Drums


Acid Mammoth come roaring back with their epic sounding second album Under Acid Hoof and it’s a groovy slice of Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Rock with influences diverse as Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath and Uncle Acid. Newly signed to Heavy Psych Sounds, the band waste no time in playing a vintage and classic style of Psychedelic Doom and Stoner Rock whilst offering a modern heavy groove as well.

Opening song – Them! – is a deliciously heavy opener with the band settling on an addictive slice of Psychedelic and Trippy Stoner Rock with a groovy Doom atmosphere that paves the way for the rest of the album to follow. The guitars have quite an epic quality to them. The vocals are inspired by the “Ozzy Osbourne” and “Uncle Acid” style of Classic Doom Rock with the lyrics adding an extra gloomy feel to the tone of the album.

Second song – Tree Of Woe – is where the band show their true talent for creating epic sounding classic Doom/Stoner Rock grooves. As this song runs past the nine-minute mark and Acid Mammoth play a more hard-hitting and heavier style of music with flashes of Prog Rock and Psych Rock taking their time to appear. This is quite a clever song with the vocals and lyrics playing a major part allowing the band to focus more on the “Doom Metal” part of their overall sound. Though the band still play a fine amount of Stoner Rock/Metal riffs along the way.

Third song – Tusks Of Doom – carries on the heavy distorted Psychedelic Doom sounds but with a more laid-back aggression that takes time to fully get going but the sound is still wildly addictive. This is perhaps the song where the band impressed me the most. Mostly with their overall vision of the whole album. The lyrics and vocals are first-rate on this song. Sure they’re over the top but it matches the context of the actual song. The heavy pounding rhythms feel quite original in places and never feel forced or out of place.

The final two songs Jack The Riffer and Under Acid Hoof offer almost sixteen minutes of intense and massive sounding Doom/Stoner Metal riffs that has a more Progressive feel and perhaps the heaviest riffs on the album. Acid Mammoth play some of the best riffs on these two songs with Under Acid Hoof being the main highlight of the entire album.

The whole album is a wonderful sounding Doom/Stoner Metal experience that gets the new year off to a fantastic start. I know this is one of the first albums I’ve reviewed for the new year but I feel that we’ve found a genuine Album Of The Year contender right here. This is a powerful and addictive experience that demands your full undivided attention.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR and Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. Under The Hoof will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from January 24th 2020.