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Sparkling Waters

by Mammatus

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Marc Paskvan
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Marc Paskvan Thoroughly mind blowing. Worth the lengthy listen, 1000% !
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SabbathJeff I love Mammatus; have for a decade. I've the 1st two CDs, & always wondered, where's Heady Mental on CD? I've never heard it or this, their latest thus far. But it's Mammatus, so I already know I love it. I'll tell you why after it arrives. Received. Spun. Loved. That was fast! Thank You! On 1st listen, I love this for the same reason I've always dug Mammatus: instrumental music that has motion; peaks, valleys, inward, upward, earth, space, wind,'s unnatural to NOT love this music!
Grenold Coffee
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Grenold Coffee Symphonic, with form and trajectory. This ain't no jam band, this is is Heavy Metal Art Music! Favorite track: Sparkling Waters Part One.
William Thornton
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William Thornton Heavy Psych riffs that build-up slowly and then burst forth like sparkling waters. Favorite track: The Elkhorn.
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The Elkhorn 15:00
Ornia 17:19


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.


released November 20, 2015

Recorded by Phil Manley at Lucky Cat Recording, SF, CA
Mixed by Phil Manley at El Studio, SF, CA
Mastered by Roger Siebel at SAE mastering, Phoenix, AZ


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Mammatus has been conjuring up a heavy blend of riff laden, space trippin, proggy, hazy far out rock and roll for fifteen years now. Since forming in the shadows of the Santa Cruz Mountains of California in 2005, they've delighted the ears and minds of adventurous listeners around the world. ... more

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