Sounds like … Anberlin meets the Foo Fighters with a touch of screamo act The Axe That Chopped the Cherry Tree.

At a glance … The Cardiac Defect is filled with beautiful, anthemic rock that wrestles with spirituality and the human condition

The majority of indie submissions fall squarely in the singer/songwriter or worshipful vein. But every once in a while there's a new (or new to me, anyway) rock band that truly captures my attention.

Mammuth may not be a household name yet in the United States, but the Swedish rockers' music transcends culture differences and has a decidedly universal appeal—not only musically, but in their desire to live a life that really matters. And have I mentioned that it really rocks?

Many rock band borrow a little too heavily from their musical influences, but Mammuth manages to break from the predictable, sound-alike mold. The same is true with their exceptionally crafted third album, The Cardiac Defect. All bands have their influences, of course, and Mammuth has shades of Foo Fighters, Anberlin, and a touch of screamo rock a la The Axe That Chopped the Cherry Tree here and there. But for the most part, Mammuth's music manages to stand out with unorthodox song structure, a unique lyrical perspective, and frontman Daniel Jakobsson's distinct, affecting vocals.

Kicking things off in spectacular fashion is "Piece By Piece," a bold rally cry against spiritual complacency. Armed with fierce guitar licks, pounding drums, and more questions than answers in the thought-provoking lyrics, the song effectively sets the stage for an adrenaline-packed set that includes the peace-centered strains of "Blood & Honey," the stand-up-and-make-a-difference charge of "Easy Way Out," and "Change My ...

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The Cardiac Defect
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Release Date
May 6, 2008
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