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Albums Of The Week: Mammoth WVH | Mammoth II

Louder, faster, heavier & hotter than its predecessor, Wolfgang Van Halen's second solo release bucks the sophomore slump while living up to the legacy of his father.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Mammoth WVH’s second studio album Mammoth II — recorded at the legendary 5150 studio — arrives in the wake of a whirlwind debut that included a Grammy nomination for its first single, No. 1 debuts on multiple charts, television performances, and sold-out shows over a two-year span.

Continuing the tradition of writing all of the songs and performing all of the instrumentation and vocals himself, Wolfgang Van Halen — the son of beloved guitar hero Eddie Van Halen — set out to challenge himself to expand his sound beyond what people had already come to know him for.

From the rocking opener Right? to the Beatles-esque fade on closer Better Than You, Mammoth II showcases Wolfgang’s growth as a songwriter, musician and vocalist. Songs such as Like A Pastime, Take A Bow and Waiting are all sonically different from each other but unique to what mastermind Wolfgang Van Halen and Mammoth WVH are.

The debut single from Mammoth II, Another Celebration At The End Of The World, arrived witha music video that served as an 8:25 introduction to the Mammoth WVH live band featuring Frank Sidoris (guitars), Jon Jourdan (guitars), Ronnie Ficarro (Bass) and Garrett Whitlock (drums).

Photo by Helen Travis Shinn.

“I knew that I wanted the new album to contain elements of what people heard on the debut, but also giving me a chance to branch out a bit,” Wolfgang says. “Another Celebration At The End Of the World is definitely a song that showcases what people can expect from the new album. It is a high-energy rocker with some fun guitar moments on it. I also pushed myself vocally and it is a song I can’t wait to get out and play live. I can see it being a fixture in our live set moving forward.”

First impressions last a lifetime. And Wolfgang Van Halen prepared a lifetime to make his first impression with his Mammoth WVH. The songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist worked tirelessly on material that would become his debut album. Playing every instrument and singing each and every note, his music presents a personal and powerful perspective, balancing memorable hooks and tight technicality. As many times as audiences have experienced his talent alongside the likes of Tremonti, Clint Lowery and of course, Van Halen, Wolfgang was fully prepared to step into the spotlight with his own brand — Mammoth WVH.

“The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much. I’m so thankful that my father was able to listen to, and enjoy the music I made. Nothing made me happier than seeing how proud he was that I was continuing the family legacy.”


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