MAMMOTH WVH - Mammoth II album cover art.
  • 7.6/10
    MAMMOTH WVH - Mammoth II - 7.6/10


Label: BMG
Release date: August 4, 2023

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Few artists have the talent, let alone the where-with-all to release an album where they write, sing, and play all instruments. Clearly, Wolfgang Van Halen is an exception to that rule, as he proved on his first release of his highly successful Mammoth WVH. Out this August is his follow-up release, which is an homage to his father, Eddie Van Halen’s first band “Mammoth”, and the title follows in the same footsteps as Van Halen II as it is also simply titled Mammoth II.

Like Father, Like Son

Wolfgang Van Halen’s talent cannot be overstated as he’s put together a very strong new record, which falls into more of a commercial Hard Rock vein than Heavy Metal. 10 catchy tracks, all very well produced show a lot of diversity in style, and make the album very listenable. Wolfgang Van Halen talks a little about the new record:

“I knew that I wanted the new album to contain elements of what people heard on the debut, but also giving me a chance to branch out a bit. “Another Celebration At The End Of the World” is definitely a song that showcases what people can expect from the new album. It is a high-energy rocker with some fun guitar moments on it. I also pushed myself vocally and it is a song I can’t wait to get out and play live. I can see it being a fixture in our live set moving forward.”

Final Notes

This is definitely one of those instances where talent really does run in the family, and the new album by Wolfgang Van Halen Mammoth II is proof. The 10 tracks have a good amount of variety, and the styles are very poppy, radio friendly Hard Rock that make it something that lots of people can relate to. Mammoth II has more than enough going for it to make it well worth a listen, and for fans of commercial/radio Hard Rock, deserving of a home in your album collection.

Wolfgang Van Halen – all instruments

Wolfgang Van Halen photo.
Photo: Travis Shinn

Mammoth II – Track Listings

  1. Right?
  2. Like A Pastime
  3. Another Celebration At The End Of The World
  4. Miles Above Me
  5. Take A Bow
  6. Optimist
  7. I’m Alright
  8. Erase Me
  9. Waiting
  10. Better Than You


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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