Mammal
Mammal


4.0
excellent

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2008 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A near-fautless introduction to one of Australia's most exciting bands.

When was the last time a piece of music evoked some true passion out of you?

Not just “oh, this is really good”, or “this is terrible, I don’t like this”.
We’re talking the pinnacle of real emotions here.

If you can’t remember, then perhaps Melbourne fusion rock quartet Mammal are for you. This is a band that are driven purely by releasing the best kinds of passion- happiness, anger, aggression and confidence for starters -and connecting with their listeners on this basis. Their debut, self-titled EP stands somewhat as the band’s mission statement. It may be a brief introduction to the Mammal sound, but it would take a fool to not realise the focus of this band is crystal clear.

Mammal is, essentially, the vision of one Ezekiel Ox. Not just your average angry young man, his lyrics dissect all of the world that surrounds him with which he finds fault…and plans to take action. At the very core of these songs, one will find a man whose anger is fuelled by pure dissatisfaction with not a trace of insincerity or transparency to be seen.

“I know what you’re thinking”, he laughs on the EP’s standout track, “Think”, before standing on his political soapbox and restoring the power to the people. “You’re thinking if he said YES and then we said NO and the he went and did it anyway, we must have no say at all, right?”, he shouts. “Well, you’re WRONG!”. His half-spoken, half-rapped verses recall a young Zach de la Rocha, summoning all that will listen to arms over a snappy, funky rhythm in head-on collision with an escalating guitar riff that more or less explodes once the chorus hits. It’s not just rapping that Ox takes on- he’s also quite the singer. Check out the tracks “Inciting” as well as “Hell Yeah” to observe sonically the man’s prowess when it comes to not only lyrical intensity, but also melody.

Pushing Ox’s vocals to their deserved apex are the instrumental section of the band- drummer Zane Rosanoski, guitarist Pete Williamson and bassist Nick Adams. From the second Williamson plugs in on opener “New Breed Judas”, the band charge ahead with pumping, tightly-wound energy that rarely pauses for breath, if at all. Williamson’s guitar snarls and shrieks like a down-tuned John Frusciante, whilst Adams and Rosanoski keep the flow alive, setting the pace for their other half. Whether it’s fast-paced and mosh-inducing (“Think”, “Hell Yeah”), or tipping the hat to Tool and prog rock in general (EP closer “Groove Junkie”), the band don’t let their guard down for a minute. They are, indeed, the perfect match for Ezekiel Ox- equally as talented, so there is no competition betwixt the two.

Mammal is, sadly, not given enough time to really develop the band (a case that many EPs are guilty of). What little time we do get with Mammal, however, is time enough to prove that rock music can still be inventive, exciting and even thought-provoking; even when you’re convinced it’s all been done before.

“He’s got six strings in his hands…he’s got four strings in his hands…he’s got two sticks in his hands…I got this mic in my hand…”



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Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I worship this band. This EP rules, every single song. Only gripe is they dont quite capture the energy that is their live show. But still awesomeness everywhere. Think is indeed the standout track. Lovely review blah blah blah.
You should check out Full Scale, Zekes old band kinda groove metal stuff, Zeke's even more mental in that.

AtavanHalen
December 23rd 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was actually counting down until you commented on this.

JizzInMyPants
December 23rd 2008


2397 Comments


me to

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol, counting down from what?
i cant help it if theyre awesome.

AtavanHalen
December 23rd 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's just you never seem to like anything apart from modern Australian rock music.

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thats my bread and butter but theres heaps of other stuff i listen to.

AtavanHalen
December 23rd 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...like?

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Isis, Cult of Luna, Enter Shikari (dont laugh), Alexisonfire, NIN, Pete Murray, Opeth, The Red Shore, Dillinger Escape Plan, Underoath, Thrice, Porcupine Tree, Protest the Hero etc. Thats a pretty comprehensive list methinks.

Meatplow
December 23rd 2008


5524 Comments


Some fella in a mammal shirt at the pub was insisting I listen to this group a couple of weeks ago, i'm curious.

It wasn't you was it? lol

AtavanHalen
December 23rd 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why would I laugh? I love Enter Shikari.

Fugue
December 23rd 2008


7354 Comments


Enter Shikari are awesome. Been seeing a lot about mammal recently (albeit from Mr. mammalian himself) so this intrigues me.

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nar wasnt me, although i do have a mammal shirt, just struggle getting into pubs (im 17).
Ha! thats good as, ive come to expect that most people on here would hate enter shikari.
Mutated, just heap alon to their myspace, they recently released their debut studio album, which rules, slightly more 'funkish' than this EP.
They released a live album (all recorded at the one show with no mixing, dubbing etc) as their debut album which is a pretty good effort if you ask me.

AtavanHalen
December 23rd 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A few people do, but I saw them live in January and they were fantastic.

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was that when they played BDO?

AtavanHalen
December 23rd 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed it was.

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmm twas good, i saw them at the melbourne one.

Spamue1G
December 23rd 2008


1292 Comments


Good review for a great band. If I had to pick any single band to go and see live right now, it would be Mammal. Unfortunately that seems unlikely considering I live in England :P

Meatplow
December 23rd 2008


5524 Comments


Gave this a listen, I enjoyed it a lot. If this band plays my town I would happily go see them.

badtaste
December 23rd 2008


824 Comments


Your summary is faultless.

I will give these guys a listen soon, and will report back.

Vooligan
December 23rd 2008


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Full live set from Mammal here:http://www.moshcam.com/?#?page=player&type=gig&id=261
This is where they truely shine.



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