Yes, the mighty Mammoth has risen from extinction, drawn its first breath, and now comes trampling across the Blue Mountain Ranges in the shape of a ground-shaking, groove-trodden, thrash-churning, stoner-smokin’ beast that is Virginia’s very own Mammoth Rider. Dance Of The Oxen is their first track to be released, and damn, what a breath of fresh smokey air it is!
January blues are well and truly cast aside with Dance Of The Oxen. Andy, Shawn, Nick and Jamie have assembled to bring us a track that is literally bursting at the seams with groove, vivacity and ridiculous energy. Opening with a spoken sample that firmly nails their colors to the mast, the riffs erupt, and open up into a thrash inspired onslaught that is heavy with heft and power. Crossing genres and styles with ease, the boys have most definitely found their groove and literally nail us to the rafters with their guitar-chugging swagger crossed with soaring acrobatics, and all orchestrated under the influence of that funky bass and those crashing percussions, that attack in waves. Gravelly vocals with a distinctive and ferocious tone, spit out the lyrics with great intent and gusto, rounding off a track that is ripped in old school doom rock and is at the same time, flexing its modern musical muscle.
One to watch?, most certainly. You can’t help but feel good after listening Mammoth Rider. I cannot wait to hear more!