Mammoth WVH founder Wolfgang Van Halen shared some details about his debut studio album during his recent interview with Alabama Life and Culture and defined Black Sabbath and Nine Inch Nails as his muses.
As you might know, after his father and Van Halen founder Eddie Van Halen’s death, the band decided not to continue without their legendary guitarist. Therefore, their bassist Wolfgang Van Halen started focusing on his solo band and upcoming works. The band released its self-titled debut solo album on June 11, 2021.
Thus, it seems that ‘Mammoth WVH’ was inspired by Wolf trying to deal with his father’s death and reflects his pain and suffering during this process. The album got very positive reviews by both fans and critics, and Wolf proved that he cannot only be described as Eddie Van Halen’s son.
In his recent interview, after the journalist’s comment and question about one of the album’s tracks, ‘Stone,’ Wolfgang admitted that Black Sabbath and Nine Inch Nails had a great influence on him. Thus, he wanted to combine their styles in this song. Also, he used the track to create ‘an epic disclosure’ for his album.
Here’s what the journalist asked:
“The song ‘Stone’ is one of my favorites on the Mammoth album. Where did that song come from?”
In Wolfgang’s words, he said:
“Yeah, that’s another one where it was a different vibe and fun to really dig in and explore, you know. It’s like a mix of Nine Inch Nails and Black Sabbath. I just wanted to try and make kind of an epic closer to the album.
I mean, it’s the longest. I think it’s over six minutes. So it was fun to write in that sort of space, to make a really dynamic sort of song.”
You can listen to the song below.