NHS are super stoked to present ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ the second album from Welsh doom crew Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Released just 9 months after their debut ‘Noeth Ac Anoeth, it is once again produced by Chris (Conan) Fielding, and is without doubt a whopping great slab of heaviness. But that’s not all…
Those who’ve investigated beyond the name, have already discovered that both the band and their music are deadly serious, and though MWWB may share sonic alliances with likes of Conan, Windhand and Yob, the many who tuned into their debut have discovered that MWWB don’t stick to the usual tropes, and are a unique proposition, with a sound all their own. The guitars are down-tuned to ‘Z,’ the guitar tone is tar thick and the riffs massive and full of hooks … of course.
But with the soaring, angelic, multi textured vocals of Jessica Ball, MWWB have added an extra dimension to what’s considered doom. Not your normal melodramatic dark chanteuse here pilgrims, more like MWWB’s secret weapon, a vein of crystal in the rock. In fact it’s a combination, which sounds both startling and often beautiful. Like if Liz Fraser had fronted Kyuss or Sleep … though that’s too simplistic a comparison.
Y Proffwyd Dwyll has all the elements of the first LP, but here the band reveal their more song based side. Listen to the title track here –
The band describe the track as ‘an old story of a group of people being led into a barren wasteland by a false prophet who they thought would save them from a disease they were all dying from.The track features Jess playing cello in the breakdown. Strings can be very powerful and dark. Prokoviev, Berlioz and Beethoven used strings to this end and we wanted some of that drama before the drums and all the guitars kick in. It gives it a really evil power.’
On this album there’s nothing approaching the 30 minute epic of their debut’s ‘Nachthexen’ (though these six tracks all clock in around the eight or nine minute mark) but the arrangements are tighter and the vocal elements are considerably upped. Add to that the swirling swathes of moog wig outs, and you have a record that also invokes Hawkwind’s cosmic synthscapes, as well as a nod to the John Carpenter soundtracks that the band love.
The album title is old North Welsh loosely translated as ‘False Prophet’ and the concept of worship is the narrative thread that binds the record.
The band have said that Y Proffwyd Dwyll is the second part of a trilogy, so we look forward to the band’s next phase. The tone and the heaviness will be a constant of course, but there’s no doubt that MWWB will be looking to stretch the boundaries of what qualifies for doom, sludge, stoner or whatever, yet further beyond the expected. As with all NHS releases, there will be deluxe vinyl and cd versions.
The LP will be a limited edition of 500, housed in a gatefold sleeve, printed inner bag with full download included.
There will be 2 vinyl colour options, 250 in cherry red and 250 in sea foam green.
The cd will be a 5 panel fold out with an alternative take on the LP design.