Sunday 31 March 2024

Acid Mammoth - Supersonic Megafauna Collision (Album Review)

Release Date: April 05th 2024. Record Label: Heavy Psych Sounds Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Supersonic Megafauna Collision- Tracklisting

1. Supersonic Megafauna Collision

2. Fuzzorgasm (Keep On Screaming)

3. Garden Of Bones

4. Atomic Shaman

5. One With The Void

6. Tusko's Last Trip



Chris Babalis Jr  - Vocals/Guitar

Chris Babalis Sr - Guitar

Dimosthenis Varikos - Bass

Marios Louvaris - Drums


Supersonic Megafauna Collision sees the return of one of the European scenes essential Stoner Metal bands with Acid Mammoth delivering a stirring blend of down-tuned and seedy FUZZ grooves that takes all the essential sounds the band are known for and gives it a more drugged out and psychedelic attitude. The movement can be quite sludgy and downtuned at times but this is still classic sounding Acid Mammoth through and through the album.

The opening tracks of Supersonic Megafauna Collision has that stripped back sound Acid Mammoth have become widely known for with that seedy Progressive flow appearing very early on. The song is quite slow paced at times but with Acid Mammoth allowing their music to breathe with that wicked Cosmic Doom drive heard within their last couple of albums. The vocals from Chris are once again rooted in 70’s Classic Doom with a twinge of classic 90’s Stoner Metal attitude. 

Supersonic Megafauna Collision starts off rather brightly and hopeful for a Doom/Stoner Metal record but slowly becomes darker, sinister and even quite heartbreaking when the last track of Tusko’s Last Trip appears. As that song tells “the heart-wrenching real story of Tusko, an elephant who was murdered as a result of cruel human experimentation."

Before we reach that vital part of the story, Acid Mammoth stroll through their treasure chest of FUZZED UP grooves and Doomed Out sounds for a record that always strives for excitement and excellence which Acid Mammoth paying homage to bands such as Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Cathedral, SLEEP, Electric Wizard, KYUSS and Truckfighters. However, one thing remains the same is how Acid Mammoth deliver their own original style of WEEDIAN sounds on tracks such as Fuzzorgasm (Keep On Screaming), Garden Of Bones and Atomic Shaman. As Acid Mammoth slowly transforms into SHAMANIC DOOM OVERLORDS with the help of some first rate storytelling within their lyrics and classic sounding vocals from Chris.

Supersonic Megafauna Collision becomes more daring and emotionally driven within the final two tracks of One With The Void and Tusko’s Last Trip and that’s one thing that showcases how Acid Mammoth have matured as songwriters and storytellers with two superb songs that pull on the heartstrings. There’s still an abundance of heavy Doom/Stoner Metal instrumental passages which remain seedy and essential as ever.

Acid Mammoth are continuing their epic journey with Heavy Psych Sounds who have been with the band ever since their acclaimed 2020 release Under Acid Hoof and it’s great to see that relationship continuing with this brilliantly produced release. 

Acid Mammoth are perhaps my favourite band from the Greek Doom/Stoner Metal scene and Supersonic Megafauna Collision is another must have album and definite Album Of The Year Contender from the band. This is a record that’s full of vivid sounds and exciting instrumental passages that should see the band vastly becoming one of the most important Doom/Stoner Metal bands within the underground scene we have right now.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Purple Sage PR for the promo.

Supersonic Megafauna Collision is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Heavy Psych Sounds from Friday April 05th 2024.


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