Combining elements of metal, grunge, alternative, and hard rock, Mammoth WVH is the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen, son of guitar god Eddie Van Halen. Before his father’s death ended Van Halen in 2020, Wolfgang was the band’s bassist from 2006 onward, and he paid loving tribute to his father with his first Mammoth WVH song, “Distance,” which anchored the group’s eponymous full-length debut in 2021. They returned in early 2023 with “Another Celebration” heralding their sophomore set, the aptly named Mammoth II.
Wolfgang Van Halen was born in 1991. He was an only child and developed a close relationship with his parents, learning music from his rock star dad and eventually joining his band as a teenager. In 2012, he also joined Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti‘s group Tremonti, first filling in on bass for a tour, but then becoming a full-time member of the band. Wolfgangwas steadily working on songs of his own, but he kept his original material under wraps until his father died in October 2020. He formed Mammoth WVH the next month, repurposing the name Mammoth from the first iterations of Van Halen, which featured his father on lead vocals. A talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, Wolfgang recorded every instrument for his new project himself. His first song, the Grammy-nominated “Distance,” debuted in November 2020, along with an accompanying video montage of home movies of him and his father in different stages of his early life up to 2020. Mammoth WVH released their dynamic self-titled debut the following year. A resounding success, the album topped three different Billboard charts (Indie, Hard Rock, and Rock) and peaked at number 12 on the pop chart.
In early 2023, the band issued “Another Celebration,” the first single from their second album, Mammoth II. Darker and heavier than its predecessor, the ten-song set saw Van Halen touch on themes of grief, isolation, and resilience.