“I wanted to write a little bit more heavier songs this time” – interview with Wolfgang Van Halen

Author Arto Mäenpää - 28.6.2023

Mammoth WVH is an American rock band formed by multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Wolfgang Van Halen. The band takes its name from the iconic group Van Halen, where Wolfgang’s father, Eddie Van Halen, gained fame as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. Wolfgang carries on his family’s musical legacy while establishing his unique identity as a musician.

After the passing of his father in 2020, Wolfgang Van Halen decided to step into the spotlight with his own project. He had been writing and recording music for years, and the tragic loss inspired him to share his music with the world. Mammoth WVH released their “Self-Titled” debut album on June 11, 2021. Wolfgang handled all the instrumental and vocal duties on the record, showcasing his exceptional talent as a versatile musician.

Mammoth WVH‘s music is characterized by a fusion of hard rock and alternative metal elements. Their sound combines heavy riffs, catchy melodies, and powerful vocals. Wolfgang’s influences range from classic rock acts like Led Zeppelin, Queen, and, of course, Van Halen, to modern rock bands such as Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains. These diverse inspirations shape the band’s sound into a fresh and contemporary rock experience.

Mammoth WVH‘s debut album received positive reviews from both critics and fans. It debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, showcasing the band’s commercial viability. The album’s lead single, “Distance,” gained significant attention and climbed the rock charts, resonating with listeners around the world. The track served as a heartfelt tribute to Wolfgang’s late father and became an anthem of love and loss.

The band will be releasing their second album “Mammoth II” on August 4th and Chaoszine sat down with Wolfgang Van Halen at this year’s Copenhell festival to discuss about the writing and recording process of the album as well as how does it feel to open up shows for bands like Metallica or Guns N’ Roses. You can check out the entire video interview below:

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You can check out the singles released from Mammoth WVH‘s upcoming “Mammoth II” album below: