2018 is shaping up to have some epic releases within the metal world. For some reason Mammoth Grinder wasn’t on my radar, but I’m glad I found it. Cosmic Crypt will be released on January 26th via Relapse Records; it’s the bands first release in five years, and it’s a good one.
Going into the album blind I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard of Mammoth Grinder before, but never actually heard them. Wow, I blame my friends for not introducing me to them sooner – what an awesome sound this band has.
Formed in Austin, Texas in the mid 2000s with members from Power Trip and Iron Regan, this metal trio of musicians have created a shredding sound that has this humble writer struggling to put it to words, but I will try. It’s like if you plucked all the fast, upbeat, fun aspects of great punk music and smashed it together with Cannibal Corpse or something along those lines… Talk about fun. What a rush.
Cosmic Crypt is a relentless album full of fast riffs, killer solos, and some great sounding vocals. If fun aggressive music is your cup of tea, grab a cup and pull up a chair because this album is just that. A nonstop a thrill ride on the Death Metal express train that gives you no time to rest your neck, headbanging goodness in every sense of the word.
The good news is, you won’t have to wait to see these gentleman play live, be sure to catch them out on their North American tour which starts on February 2nd in Washington D.C. and ends March 3rd in Montclair NJ.
Feb 02 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Genocide Pact
Feb 03 Richmond, VA Strange Matter w/ Genocide Pact
Feb 04 Raleigh, NC The Maywood
Feb 05 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
Feb 06 Memphis, TN Rock Room
Feb 07 Little Rock, AR Vino’s
Feb 08 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Feb 09 Houston, TX White Swan
Feb 10 Austin, TX Sidewinder
Feb 11 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Feb 12 El Paso, TX Neon Rose
Feb 13 Tucson, AZ Club Congress w/ Gatecreeper
Feb 14 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge w/ Gatecreeper
Feb 15 San Diego, CA Space Bar
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA The Resident
Feb 17 Oakland, CA Eli’s Mile High
Feb 18 Santa Cruz, CA Bocci’s
Feb 20 Salt Lake City, UT Beehive Social Club
Feb 21 Denver, CO Streets of London
Feb 22 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews
Feb 23 Minneapolis, MN Hexagon Bar
Feb 24 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge
Feb 25 Detroit, MI Cellarman’s
Feb 26 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
Feb 27 Pittsburgh, PA Rock Room
Feb 28 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Mar 01 Boston, MA Middle East Upstairs
Mar 02 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Mar 03 Montclair, NJ The Meatlocker