During a 2022 interview TellUs Rock, Wolfgang Van Halen revealed that Meshuggah inspired some of the material on Mammoth WVH’s new album. He said the following about that when asked what kind of music he listens to:
“Meshuggah. I love Meshuggah. I tend to listen to, at least recently, more heavier music. Like all the new stuff that’s come out. Animals As Leaders had a new album come out this year, and so did Meshuggah. But Meshuggah is one of my favorite bands. [They’re] nothing like Mammoth. On the next album, there actually is some Meshuggah-inspired songs — just through the lens of Mammoth, though. So it’s not as super heavy.”
Wolfgang Van Halen has signed a new deal with BMG for his next Mammoth WVH album. Further details regarding that effort are still pending.
“The Mammoth team and I are so excited to now be a part of the BMG family. The entire team have welcomed us with open arms and have been nothing short of wonderful. I couldn’t ask for better partners for the future of Mammoth.”
Dan Gill, BMG EVP, recorded music, continued:
“It is rare to come across an artist with such exceptional musical abilities and Wolfgang is that shining example. His new album firmly establishes himself at the forefront of the genre and is destined to become the torch bearer for the new generation of rock artists.”
Emi Horikawa, BMG VP, creative, added:
“From our very first listen to Mammoth WVH, we knew this was something truly exceptional. Wolfgang’s songwriting and sense of melody, coupled with his ability to reinvent the elements of rock’s power and energy, is sheer talent. We are proud to represent his music publishing and now call BMG his label home.”
During a recent interview with Total Guitar, Wolfgang Van Halen offered an update on the new Mammoth WVH album. According to him, the effort is “almost finished.”
Wolfgang said the following about the album and his ability to take on all of the parts himself:
“Yeah, I’ve almost finished it! Some people try to turn me playing everything into a negative thing, which surprises me. It’s like they think I won’t let other people play on it or something like that. But really this is what Mammoth is and always has been; it’s my artistic expression.
I’ve been in bands before where you collaborate and that’s not what this is. I have a live band, but in the studio I do everything and have a fun time doing it. I enjoy being able to express myself musically in every avenue.”
He also added the following about the effort’s sound:
“It will always sound a bit similar, I guess, because the same dude is writing it. But I think on this current material, you can hear me challenging myself a bit more. I’ve gotten more confident and I know what the project is now, rather than trying to figure out what it was from the start, like on the first one.
On the debut there was this width of what the project was — on the left you had songs like ‘Distance’ and ‘Circles’, those softer vibes, and on the right you had tracks like ‘Stone’ and ‘The Big Picture’. In the middle, there were songs like ‘Mammoth’ or ‘Epiphany’ and stuff like that. What I want to do with this album is widen what that breadth is. Further left, for example, there’s a song that’s all on piano… so it has more of a softer vibe. But on the right, there’s some really heavy shit in comparison to the debut. That’s what I find really exciting. It’s fun to stretch the definition of Mammoth on both sides.”
During a recent interview with Overdrive, Wolfgang Van Halen offered an update on the new Mammoth WVH album. He says that he has “already recorded the bulk” of the effort.
Wolfgang said the following:
“I’ve already recorded the bulk of the next album. The plan was to just focus, and try to do the best that I can do. After all, that’s what made the first album work, so I’m looking to try to capture that ethos again for the follow-up. Basically, I just write music that follows my heart, and my tastes, and ultimately, music that makes me happy.”
He also added the following about the recording process:
“I need to go home and do the vocals and the guitar solos. I am recording this album totally on my own, like I did with the debut. I know it may come across as selfish [laughs], but that’s just the way that it works for me. I like to completely immersive myself in the music — in all aspects of it. I think a lot of people have tried to turn it into something else, saying things like, ‘Oh it’s because he doesn’t want to pay other musicians,’ and it’s not that at all. This is just something for me. It’s a sacred experience for me. It’s my project, and an artistic outlet for me and my mental well-being. I’m so luck that I have this incredible live band that just slays live, so I get to bring this creation to life on stage. I suppose, it’s kind of like NINE INCH NAILS, in the way that Trent Reznor creates all the music, records it, produces it, et cetera, and then he has this band that can bring it to life when needed. I’m not comparing myself to Trent, but it’s more the interesting duality to this approach, which is so much fun, and deeply satisfying.”
During a recent interview with Metal Talk, Wolfgang Van Halen offered an update on the new Mammoth WVH album. He said the following:
“I’m about halfway through [the recording process]. I got a bunch of stuff recorded before we started on this tour. And then once I go home, I’ll have a little holiday break, but then in January I’m gonna finish it. So it’ll be ready to be released some time next year.”
It was previously revealed that Joe Satriani was being considered for a possible Van Halen tribute concert, but the guitarist has now casted doubt on the idea. The musician says if anyone were to play the late Eddie Van Halen’s parts, it should be his son Wolfgang Van Halen.
“When I saw Wolfgang playing at the Taylor Hawkins benefit, I thought it was the most natural, beautiful thing I’d seen in a long time. It was such a wonderful thing to see him play his dad’s music like that, and he’s such an incredible musician. I thought, ‘Well, if the thing is ever gonna happen, he should do it.’ It just seemed more natural than reaching out to somebody like me.
So, the world should just wait for him to make up his mind how he wants to do it, and we should leave him alone, let him figure out the best time and place for it. Whatever he comes up with will be the best way to do it, I think.”
He also discussed the initial call he received from Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth:
“I jokingly told them on that first phone call that if I had half a brain I’d hang up right away and not accept such a crazy offer, ’cause nobody can replace Eddie, and whoever tries to do it is gonna get a whole lot of negativity from the world of social media. But I heard myself saying ‘yes’ before my better judgment kicked in, because I am such a fan of Eddie and his work, and I thought, ‘Wow, it would be such a great labor of love to dive into that and try to understand the essence what he was doing for each song.'”
“I can kind of figure out the fingers, but there’s some things that are too quirky that he does that I can’t figure out how to do. Getting inside the music is really what you need to do when you go to play it, to capture the spirit of it and learn what not to play when you’re playing each song. I would really enjoy that.”
Wolfgang Van Halen has officially started the recording process for his next Mammoth WVH album. The effort is expected to be released in 2023.
Wolfgang commented yesterday (October 3):
“On December 28th 2014, I was getting ready to start tracking what would become the first Mammoth album. I had been practicing drums in the studio when Pop came in, grabbed my bass and started jamming with me. It was so much fun. It’s little moments like these I feel I took for granted. Moments that I can’t have anymore.
As I’m getting ready to start tracking the 2nd Mammoth album tomorrow (I’ve been in pre-production the past month) I can’t stop thinking about this moment and how he won’t be around for it this time. I’m still not used to it. I don’t know when or if I’ll ever get used to it.
It’ll be 2 years in 3 days and I don’t feel any different. All of these emotions just kinda sitting in me at all times. Sometimes it’s easier to carry, other times (like right now) it isn’t. His pride is what keeps me going, but without him here it’s easy to get lost. Easy to get stuck in my head. Easy to fall into that familiar cycle of doubt and self-loathing.
Somehow, I’ve figured out how to keep going. Music is all I have left when it comes to feeling close to him anymore. But knowing he won’t be here this time to laugh, jam and hang throughout the whole process is tough now that I’ve gotten here. All I can do is try my best and continue to be the son he was proud of.
During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Wolfgang Van Halen discussed the possibility of a Van Halen tribute show once again. According to him, the band’s camp is too “dysfunctional” to plan anything.
Wolfgang said the following about a possible tribute:
“I think I already did it with the Taylor Hawkins tributes. I feel a lot of closure because my part of the show was a tribute to my father.
When it comes to Van Halen and entities surrounding the band it’s unfortunate, certainly compared to Foo Fighters who have their shit together with interpersonal relationships.
I don’t know what it is with some bands but certain personalities just can’t get over themselves to work collectively for one purpose. That’s been the curse of Van Halen for its entire career. So my playing at the Taylor shows delivered that catharsis without the stresses of dealing with the Van Halen camp, and the players involved. Their camp is very dysfunctional — everyone! Hell, it was difficult to make plans even when the band was active.”
He also added the following when asked about recent comments from Sammy Hagar, who said he would “love to play those songs again”:
“He said that, but he also said he wouldn’t. Sammy said two different things. No… I feel that I’ve said my piece, and if the Taylor concerts are all that happens then I’m happy with that.”
Yesterday (September 27), Foo Fighters took the stage at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California to pay tribute to the late great Taylor Hawkins. Like the first tribute show in London, England, the band were joined by numerous special guests. The setlist and some fan-filmed footage from the concert can be found below.
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