Heavy space rock outsiders Mammatus return with their fourth album, and their most ambitious to date. Sparkling Waters is a double LP featuring four multi-movement pieces, each designed to recalibrate the shanga array in your mind. In order to achieve the highest levels of sensatory clarity, the group enlisted Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach) as their guiding light throughout the studio production. As a result these tracks shimmer with a far out, casual glow, like an aural reflection of a Risan steam pool.
On Sparkling Waters, Mammatus expand upon the astral grooves and heady riffs of their previous compositions and set a course for the furthest horizon. Celestial arpeggiations of electric guitar ricochet infinitely across vast expanses of cosmic debris. Heavy riffs thunder with a rhythmic groove, like the exploding coast of Ornia spoken of in days past. Pastoral passages of mellow, slow burning psychedelia give way to Native American flute melodies and the chanting of spiritual incantations filtered through canyons of delay. Heavenly dual guitar leads soar like a hawk gliding over a mountainside redwood canopy. Radiant synthesizers harmonize to create a shape shifting formation of ambient space that envelops the rock and in some places completely takes over.
Sparkling Waters is bound to appeal to a wide range of discerning listeners, as it incorporates elements of heavy riff rock, prog, and breath metal while it also features the enhancing sonic textures of kosmische sound coloration, soaring synth leads, and astral voyages through deep space. This amalgamation of tones is presented in a way that is wholly original, casting Mammatus as the solitary practitioners of a unique sound that was invented with the express purpose of making you feel.....shanga. So breathe deeply, strap on those headphones, drop the needle, and get far out.
The double gatefold LP will be released on November 20th, 2015
We are very excited to be playing at the Psycho California festival on May 16th at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Three days of awesome heavy bands! Our first show in Southern California in six years! We're playing the same day as SLEEP an EARTH! Hope to see you there! Click HERE for tickets and more info.
Our webstore is now up and running. We've got T-shirts and sunglasses available. Downloads are available for purchase from our Recordings page. You can buy our LPs and CDs from Revolver/Midheaven. We're saving up money to record right now so remember anything you buy helps us get one step closer to the next album. Thanks for riding our cloud.
Our new album "Heady Mental" is now available in stores and online. You can purchase vinyl and digital files from Revolver/Midheaven. The songs were written in 2007/2008, recorded in 2009, and mixed in 2013. Thank you for your patience. We are planning on recording another album next year.