Written by Alex Stojanovic
Don't Back Down
You'll Be The One
The Big Picture
Think It Over
You're To Blame
Distance (Bonus track)
Talk & Walk (Bonus track)
Release Date: June 11, 2021
Label: EX1 Records
Wolfgang Van Halen - All instruments
It's also not very often you hear an album where one person tracked all the instruments, and that's exactly the case with this album. With Wolf being multi-talented, he tracked all the vocals, guitars, bass and drums himself. The album shows many sides to Wolf's evolution as a musician. Songs like "Mr. Ed", "Think It Over", "Mammoth", "You're To Blame" and "You'll Be The One" are just some of the standout tracks with addicting hooks, big riffs and compelling vocals.
However, the most powerful song is the bonus track "Distance", which is a tribute to Eddie. Anyone that has heard the song or seen the video for it will certainly agree with me. The song makes me think about the bond I have with my own father, who I'm really thankful is still here and as healthy as ever. There's people in my life who I'm really close to and I love dearly, but in all honesty, there's something about the bond between me and my dad that is hard to put into words. He and I are pretty much brothers. It's honestly hard to listen to the song without the heartstrings getting tugged, and the feeling of tears wanting to start forming. This song should've definitely been included on the main record.
My only issues with the album are that a couple of tracks could've been left off. Examples are "Feel", "Circles" and "Resolve", simply because I didn't feel that they were as strong as most of the other tracks. The other slight issue is that because Michael "Elvis" Baskette handled production duties, the production quality is exactly the same as you would hear on both a Tremonti and Alter Bridge album. If you're coming into the Mammoth WVH album blindfolded, but are familiar with Mark Tremonti's work with his solo band and Alter Bridge, you may think that you're listening to either one of those bands.
To summarize, came out of the gate swinging with a really strong and solid album that immediately makes him stand out as his own artist, as opposed to being one of these guys that will just be referred to as the offspring of a legend that's living in his shadow. Wolf, we know your dad heard your music while he was still here, but now that the album is out, and you got your live start by opening for Guns 'N Roses, somewhere, he's looking down on you with a giant smile on his face and saying "That's my boy!"
Highs: "Mr. Ed", "Think It Over", "Mammoth", "You're To Blame" and "You'll Be The One".
Lows: A handful of tracks could've been left off. The production quality is exactly the same as a Tremonti or Alter Bridge album.
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