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Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group s four members recognize the importance of life s omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More 'Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves.

The very title says something slightly different for each member. "Quite literally, Once More 'Round the Sun means a year-in-the-life," explains Dailor. "Lyrically, we were discussing things that happened to us recently, whereas in the past we looked further back for inspiration. It's about 365 days in this band. It was a tough and strange journey. We happened to be in the middle of completing a full rotation musically as everything else was going on."

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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00K06PZ72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I would highly recommend this album to any Mastodon fan or new listener.
Making heavy music that retains a melodic element and manages to showcase musicianship isn't something all bands can pull off but they do it very well.
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This song also features an extremely addicting and memorable chorus, and some ripping melodic soloing to boot.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By purerockfury on June 27, 2014
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I have to admit that I am entertained by the reviews that begin the chorus of accusing Mastodon of selling out or going mainstream. Being the age I am at as I write this, I have watched so many bands have these accusations thrown their way that it just does not resonate anymore. The reason that I mention this in the outset is because if this is what selling out entails today, the world should be so lucky.

Back to Mastodon...

I will admit that "The Hunter" was not everything that I had hoped for when it came out nor is it today. Like many, I felt that "Crack The Skye" was one of those once-in-a-lifetime achievements that leave a permanent stamp on the world of music. The kind of album that will be reshape debates as the years wind on. By that theory alone, "The Hunter" was doomed to fail by my own elevated admiration of the previous album. Which is unfair because for all intents and purposes, "The Hunter" is a fine album. The initial switch from large scale albums to an album that was essentially a collection of songs felt like a step back thematically for a band that has placed their own bar so very high for such a long time.

What "Once More 'Round The Sun" did for itself was give itself distance from "Crack The Skye", allowing to readjust the band's musical identity. In that sense, "The Hunter" needed to happen in almost an effort to take a step back and regroup. Stepping back into a cohesive album mindset with "Once More 'Round The Sun", Mastodon has given us another massive album that will click with many immediately, but I think will gather the rest in the months and years to come.

"Tread Lightly", in my mind, is the best album opener Mastodon has done since...well...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Estes on June 27, 2014
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If we are to judge a book (or, in this case, an album) by its cover, then Mastodon's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun" is one hell of a wild ride. As the Atlanta foursome have climbed to the top of the metal heap for the past decade, they've gone from sludgy metallers to prog-rock prodigies and hard-rock mainstays and everything in between in a relatively short amount of time. It's no surprise then that the follow-up to 2011's rather stripped-down "The Hunter" finds the band once again shifting gears. Getting back into the groove after taking a slight detour, "One More 'Round The Sun" finds Mastodon at home, once delivering their own brand of zany and infectious heavy metal to the masses. Splitting the difference between proggy goodness and radio-gold, the band have finally found the key to pleasing its loyal fanbase as well as appealing to a completely new audience.

The album opens with appropriate vigor, via the Walter White anthem, "Tread Lightly." Classic Mastodon, it's undoubtedly heavy, fast-paced, catchy and chock full of intricacies. From there, the album snowballs with the emotionally-charged, full-throttle "The Motherload" which has perhaps the catchiest chorus in Mastodon history, coupled with a brilliantly chunky bridge in which each individual member of the band is allowed time to shine. While there's nothing on this album quite as beautifully sorrowful as "The Sparrow" (the closing track from "The Hunter"), it's safe to say that "Once More 'Round The Sun" is the most down-to-Earth Mastodon effort to date. It's very clear that the guys are on a mission and took the recording of this album personal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Haring on June 30, 2014
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First spin...not bad. Second spin...better. Now, is has not been removed from my car CD player since last week. A contagious blend a riffs, vocals and overall quality production. Is it their best, that is left up for debate, but it is a solid effort and all the tracks on the CD display the evolution of the Mastodon groove. Keep listening and stay heavy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Moore on July 13, 2014
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Try as I might I just can't "love" this album. It's good, but not great. I consider the band's high-water mark to be Crack the Skye, with Blood Mountain just a hair behind. This album continues the melodic trend that started with 'The Hunter', and that is just fine with me. Brann's vocals are great and I don't mind that there isn't any screaming. Unfortunately, this album also continues the trend of stripped down songwriting that began with 'The Hunter'.

I have always loved Mastodon for their beastly riffs, and for the proggy jams. This album has less of both than any of their others. High Road has a great riff, and Chimes at Midnight is a great track as well. My favorite is Asleep in the Deep - when it slows down opens up it reminds me of what I really like about this band. Aside from those 3 tracks the rest of the album just kind of runs together for me. No real standouts either good or bad, just a lot of midtempo songs that never really go anywhere. It's almost as if they got tired of trying hard and decided to make easier songs. There are no "Holy @#$% did you hear that!?" moments to be found here.

All in all it's a decent album and I would give it a rating of 'pretty good'. It's better than most garbage out there right now, but when compared to their stellar back catalog it falls a bit flat.
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Towards the end of the song "Aunt Lisa" a choir sings & drops a few f-bombs. I haven't heard any profanity on any of the other songs but that one definitely has it. I think since it's only a few times on 1 song the CD can get away with it, but since the MP3s are sold individually they... Read More
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