MAMMOTH WVH (Wolfgang Van Halen) – Mammoth WVH (2021)

Mammoth WVH” is the debut album from Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, and he successfully lives up to his family name while carving out a separate identity and sound on his first CD.
This is quite a narrow needle to thread, at an undeniably difficult time for the younger Van Halen, whose guitar-hero father Eddie died in October 2020.
In addition to his personal grief, the reverence and protective bubble surrounding the elder Van Halen’s legacy was at a fever pitch. Some online critics even accused Wolfgang of capitalizing on his dad’s death with the tribute-paying debut single “Distance.”
But one listen to Mammoth WVH makes it clear he isn’t trying to hop on the Van Halen nostalgia train…