Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, hello and welcome back to our third annual year-end daily countdown, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Follow the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician that perhaps you haven’t been turned onto yet, and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s musical offering is a heavy, heavy, heavy band called Mammoth Salmon From Portland.
The thing about sludge or doom metal is that if it done wrong it can sound like a wall of toneless mud that plows right through you. That said, when it is done right and the tone matches the volume it can be a lovely thing. One of the best purveyors of sludge in the northwest is a Portland three-piece named Mammoth Salmon but calling them a power trio feels like it kind of understates just how brutal this band is. With this heavy of a sound, could you imagine what would happen if there was more than three members?
Mammoth Salmon is a Sludge/DOOM Metal band from Portland that got its start in the summer of 2012 and began taking their heavy as hell sound to the stage a few months later in the fall. In March of the following year they unleashed a blistering three song EP on the Winter Solstice and followed that up by releasing another blazing three song EP on the Vernal Equinox. A Pacific NW tour followed to support the release of the debut self-titled CD with their five-song EP, Call of the Mammoth releasing on Halloween 2013. That one was engineered by Adam Pike at Toadhouse Recording Studio and a 7” vinyl record was released in August 2014 along with a West Coast tour to support the album.
The debut LP, Last Vestige of Humanity, was released digitally on August 31, 2015 and was engineered by Adam Pike (Red Fang) and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator). Devil’s Child Records released the album on vinyl in July, 2016 which was followed by a west coast tour & several regional festival appearances. Although the first two EPs were certainly heavy, with Last Vestige of Humanity they cranked things up a notch and by bringing in Pike and Reed, they soared to new heights.
If you want to hear a band that will rearrange the molecular structure of your internal organs, we dare you to get some of this!