Thursday 1 July 2021

Beardfish - Mammoth (2011)

The sixth album from this Swedish band.

The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, ARP synths, keyboards and vocals.

The band was supported by a trio who added saxophones, growl vocals and tambourine.

Beardfish was one of the most interesting Swedish bands during the beginning of this century. They started out as a Frank Zappa band and moved onto a more eclectic part of the progressive rock scene.

Their music and sound is normally very eclectic. But not on this album....

Take Zappa again, add in a lot of Kaipa, Gentle Giant, The Flower Kings and a lot of flower power psych rock. A lot of it from the 1960s, no less.

The guitars, synths and keyboards sound is very 1960s & 1970s. But also updated to this day and age. 

The music is really bold and brave. It is also big with some great vocals on the top.

The result is a great album indeed and one to really threaten to occupy a spot on the top 5 Swedish progressive rock albums of all time. 

This album is indeed one to be checked out and I totally get their great reputation in the scene. 

4 points

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