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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B0002N66FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Aqua Dementia
9. Hearts Alive
10. Joseph Merrick

Editorial Reviews

With an ageless magnificence & rich musical imagination, Mastodon unleash LEVIATHAN, an unabated testimonial to the band's earthshaking ability to rock

Customer Reviews

LEVIATHAN is one of the best METAL albums i ever heard!!!!!
Fluminense
As a whole Leviathan is just as heavy as Remission if not moreso, and it maintains the complex musicianship and uncoventional songwriting of that album.
General Zombie
Brann's frenetic drumming, Troy's rumbling bass, Bill and Brent's razor sharp guitar work...it's all here.
Rob Walsh

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245 of 257 people found the following review helpful By Igar The Terrible on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard about Mastodon when their debut release "Remission" first came out. So I went onto amazon and listened to a few seconds of each sound clip and to say the most, I wasn't impressed. So I dismissed them as MTV Metalcore garbage solely because they were being pushed in my face with other american groups like Chimaira and Killswitch engage. It was hard not to slap that label on them seeing as I hadn't really heard what they had to offer. Anyway two years later "Leviathan" was released, and the hype for this band began to grow even more. I reluctantly gave in and picked up "Leviathan" after seeing the Video for "Iron Tusk" one night on TV. So after letting "Leviathan" sit in my ears for a while the only thing I can think is "Mastodon, how I've misjudged you!"

I am really glad that bands like this are still kicking around, getting the praise that they deserve. That is, bands that don't easily fit into a single genre category. Bands like this truly are a dying breed in metal today, sure there are some great bands that give out some great death metal, black metal, thrash, etc. but they don't really do anything to help progress metal and give it a new and interesting spin. Bands like Clutch, Mastodon, Absu Strapping Young Lad, Sunn O))) Meshuggah, Opeth, Finntroll...And the list could go on, but the point is that they all bring something refreshing and new to the table.

Now, onto the review of Mastodon's "Leviathan". The Five star rating really is closer to a 4.5. Why is it a 4.5? Well its mostly because of a few little problems that in the end don't make the album suffer enough to deserve a 4, thus the 5 star rating. I'll also give them credit for making metal that almost anyone could like. You could like practically any type of metal or even Rock and still enjoy this.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Marc A. Coignard on January 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I title my review this way because of how Mastodon's style of heavy metal reminds me of Coltrane style jazz; chatoic and seamingly without a solid form or tempo, but still with a flow and style that compliment the music genre they belong to in a way no one else has been able to. Considering how long heavy metal has been around its strange to think that few, if any, bands have ever done such an amazing job of going "free form" with their style as Mastodon has done. Not being a student of music it is hard for me to express in words why I came to this conclusion as a way to describe how highly I think of Mastodon's music, but unfortunately words do fail me at this point. I love Mastodon's music and their unique style is quite refreshing and pretty unheard of.

Some fans have complained, or at least commented, that they like this album less than Remission, the band's first LP on Relapse records, because this album is so much more melodic, and the vocals are clearer. Unlike many of these fans, I'm not a metalhead, just a music fan, and the only reason I could see the bands more melodic sound and clearer vocals as being a negative would be if they didn't pull it off well. When you get right down to it, this album sounds ten times better than Remission, both in style and in song quality. The subject matter itself is quite impressive. Mastodon has essentially written a rock opera of sorts; a concetp album based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." The very idea is odd, to say the least, but the poetic images that Mastodon creates with their words, in addition to the artwork on the album's cover and sleeve, and the epic sound they create all go hand in hand in making this a triumphant and monumental work of Heavy Metal Art. Their first album was more poeitc to me.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps no form of music is better suited to the story of _Moby Dick_ than metal. Dealing with whales, ships, water and intangibles like OBSESSION and REVENGE, the subject matter is pretty heavy. Projecting this story, American metal band Mastodon unleashes _Leviathan_. Probably the best thing you can say about it is that it is an epic that creeps up on you. Even listening to it abstractly, one slowly begins to recognize hethe brilliant intuition behind the musical flow. There is a feeling of great satisfaction when the last track plays, a feeling that evades most album creation.

Though resembling their namesake in terms of lumbering heaviness, Mastodon is a dexterous beast, from their brisk and tight metal rhythms to Brann Dailor's fusion-esque drumming. Aggressive vocals are set with the churning waves of hulking riffs, with harmonic subtlety and some stunningly melodic parts without pretense. And they are metal through and through, with scores of meaty, blood-dripping riffs heavy enough to liquefy some heads.

The best song is the climax, "Hearts Alive", which manipulates highly evocative atmospheres to orchestrate the dreadful, unstoppable crush of fate over its 13 minutes, and all with awesome riffs no less. The album is concluded with a somewhat uneasy electric-acoustic instrumental, "Joseph Merrick".

I am reviewing the "deluxe" edition which comes with a bonus DVD featuring live tracks and some cuts from _Leviathan_ mixed in 5.1 surround. The extra musical features will probably be more meaningful to others...I am strictly interested in deluxe edition's amazingly sexy jewel case. If you value the aesthetic side of CD packaging, this is the one to have.
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