History[edit | edit source]
Acid Mammoth (2015-2017)[edit | edit source]
Acid Mammoth is a doom metal band from Athens, Greece. The band was formed in 2015 by Chris Babalis Jr. (Vocals & Guitars) and Dimosthenis Varikos (Bass), good friends since high school, with a deep love for Sabbath and other heavy music. After a series of jams and recordings, they were joined by their very good friend Marios Louvaris (Drums) and Chris Babalis Sr. (Guitars), Jr.'s father.
In late 2016, the band recorded its self-titled, debut full-length album, which they self-released digitally in autumn of 2017. The album was mixed and mastered by Dionysis Dimitrakos of Descent Studios in Athens while drums were recorded at Wudsound Studios. The album art was designed by popular Greek comic artist Yiannis "Rubus" Rubulias. The album was released digitally on Bandcamp on October 6th, 2017.
Under Acid Hoof (2018-2020)[edit | edit source]
With the debut album well received by the Stoner/Doom community, it wasn’t long before the band was in the studio again to record its second full-length album “Under Acid Hoof”. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered with Dionysis Dimitrakos of Descent Studios, while Drums were recorded at Dope of Sound Studios.This time the band invested a lot of time during all phases of the album's production to create the best album possible. The album art was designed by Branca Studio.
"Our plan since the conception of Under Acid Hoof as an idea has been to create an album of the utmost heaviness that would surpass its predecessor in every way possible"
-Chris Babalis Jr., Interview with It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine (Feb 29, 2020)
In September 2019, the band signed with Heavy Psych Sounds Records . Heavy Psych Sounds welcomed Acid Mammoth to their roster from the very first listen of "Under Acid Hoof". The album was released in January 24th 2020 in Vinyl (Red, Gold, Black) and CD (Digipak).
The Obelisk: “Acid Mammoth lead with riffs, worship volume, and plunder like slow-motion churning madmen.”
The Sludgelord: “They establish themselves as a band that will help to define the genre in the future.“
Outlaws Of The Sun: “This is a powerful and addictive experience that demands your full undivided attention.”
Heavy Blog Is Heavy: “Be one of the people who can confidently say, “I’ve been listening to them since Under Acid Hoof”.
“Under Acid Hoof without a doubt surpasses its predecessor in every way from a creative standpoint as well as production-wise, and we are really proud of the final product. We are also very excited and honored to be a part of the great Heavy Psych Sounds Records roster; it’s a dream come true. The response to the album up until now has been really positive, and we are grateful to all those who have supported us so far.”
-Chris Babalis Jr., Interview with New Noise Magazine (Jan 23, 2020)
Doom Sessions Vol. 2 (2020)[edit | edit source]
2020 was a very busy year for Acid Mammoth. Despite releasing an album in January, the band continued its cooperation with Heavy Psych Sounds, releasing a Split with Italian Doomers 1782.
Heavy Psych Sounds Records announced a series of split albums called "Doom Sessions". Heavy compilations with doom bands from the label's roster. The first volume of "Doom Sessions" featured Conan and Deadsmoke, and it was followed by 1782/Acid Mammoth's opus, Vol.2. The split was released September 18th 2020, featuring three tracks from each band.
The Acid Mammoth songs were composed during the Covid quarantine in Athens, and they were mixed and mastered at Descent Studios by Dionysis Dimitrakos. Drums were recorded at Ritual Studios.
"The three songs of the Acid Mammoth side were composed during the covid-19 quarantine and they were recorded in late spring – early summer..." "...We would like to think that they are like a gateway between Under Acid Hoof and our next full-length album. In the middle, like an aftermath of Under Acid Hoof or the “herald” of the next album. The three songs of Doom Sessions Vol. 2 are comprised of elements from both our two full-length albums. They have the witchy atmosphere of the debut combined with the aggressive fuzzy heaviness of Under Acid Hoof."
-Chris Babalis Jr., Interview with No Clean Singing (Sept 16, 2020)
The three songs featured on the Acid Mammoth side, "Black Wedding", "Sleepless Malice" and "Cosmic Pyres" definitely set the tone for the band's following third full-length album.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Albums[edit | edit source]
- Acid Mammoth (2017, Self-Released)
- Under Acid Hoof (2020, Heavy Psych Sounds)
Singles[edit | edit source]
- Black Rites (2017, Digital)
Splits[edit | edit source]
Members[edit | edit source]
Current Members[edit | edit source]
- Chris Babalis Jr. - Vocals, Guitars (2015-Present)
- Chris Babalis Sr. - Guitars (2016-Present)
- Dimosthenis Varikos - Bass (2015-Present)
- Marios Louvaris - Drums (2016-Present)
Reviews[edit | edit source]
- -The Sludgelord
- -The Obelisk
- -Outlaws of the Sun
- -Doomed and Stoned
- -Desert Psychlist
- -El Coyote
- -Hellfire Magazin
- -Head-Banger Reviews
- -World of Metal
- -Metal Hammer Greece
- -Wild Thing
- -Doom Loomings
- -Heavy Blog is Heavy
- -The Sleeping Shaman
- -Time for Metal
- -More Fuzz
External Links[edit | edit source]
Official Links[edit | edit source]
Archival Links[edit | edit source]
- 2020 Interview via It's Psychedelic Magazine
- 2020 Interview via COREandCO
- 2020 Interview via Greek Rebels
- 2020 Interview via Noise Ritual