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Remission [Limited Edition, Original recording reissued]

MastodonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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"Meet the best band on the planet. The Atlanta quartet are the future of metal. It's high time you were introduced." - KERRANG!

"Smart, serious, densely composed, shredding and grooving and elegiac by turns...MASTODON play as if metal never lost the "heavy" prefix" - BLENDER

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B0000DDAU9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Meet the best band on the planet. The Atlanta quartet are the future of metal. It's high time you were introduced." - KERRANG!

"Smart, serious, densely composed, shredding and grooving and elegiac by turns...MASTODON play as if metal never lost the "heavy" prefix" - BLENDER

"majestic, technically astounding, mind-blowing...electrifying" - SPIN

"awe-inspiring" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"fantastic...incredible...MASTODON has nearly mastered rock dynamics" - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Devastating" - ROLLING STONE

"monstrous" - GUITAR WORLD

"Leviathan" is a must-have for any fan of complex, heavy music." - BILLBOARD

"Goodbye METALLICA hello MASTODON" - ROCK SOUND

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MASTODON certainly awakened the slumbering heavy music scene on 'Remission.' 'Remission' bridged the soulful and technical as herculean yet incisive songwriting effortlessly fused with an expansive and emotive tenor. Creative, distinct, graceful and strong, MASTODON's 'Remission' features the traits of a benchmark release, a standard to which others will be held and ultimately measured. Rarely is rock so pure and hard-hitting.

Songs such as the galloping "March of the Fire Ants," the beautiful "Ol'e Nessie," "Mother Puncher's" labyrinthine guitar workout, and the punishing "Workhorse" are nothing short of insta-classics, and the album's remaining seven tracks are not far behind.

The quartet dug into their roadwork hard upon the release of Remission. First a two-month North American tour supporting HIGH ON FIRE, followed by strings of dates supporting HATEBREED, CLUTCH, and FIVE POINTE O. The quartet finished out a busy 2002 with a Japanese Tour with HIGH ON FIRE and a quick Eastern U.S. run supporting The DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.

MASTODON kicked off 2003 with a much talked about appearance at the Relapse Contamination Festival and their first European Tour with HIGH ON FIRE. The band then embarked on its first headlining U.S. Tour, anchoring the Relapse North American Contamination tour with labelmates CEPHALIC CARNAGE, UPHILL BATTLE, and DYSRHYTHMIA. MASTODON immediately followed up the Contamination Tour with two European headlining tours in the Spring/Summer of 2003, including a plethora of Icelandic headlining dates. In September, 2003, MASTODON criss-crossed the U.S. with hard rockers CLUTCH, further reinforcing the power and beauty of their revered live show.

MASTODON carved its own path, and 'Remission' established the band as one of catalysts aiming to change the face of heavy music for the better. 'Remission' sent shockwaves across the hard rock community as critics and fans alike praised the album's diversity and strength. MASTODON graced the pages of nearly every noteworthy music tome worldwide as well as regional newspapers North America over including New York's Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, St. Louis Riverfront Times, Orlando Weekly, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Austin Chronicle and dozens more.

In the Fall of 2003, MASTODON was selected to appear amongst heavy music's biggest names as they were invited to be a part of the MTV2 "Headbangers Ball" 2xCD compilation. MASTODON's "March of the Fire Ants" appeared alongside hard music giants SLAYER, DEFTONES, and HATEBREED, as well as fellow fast-rising artists KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, POISON THE WELL and ARCH ENEMY. The Headbangers Ball album went on to sell upwards of 150,000 units, exposing the band to legions of new devotees.

In November, 2003 MASTODON filmed its first music video.The video catapulted MASTODON into the living rooms of countless metal fans and remained in steady rotation at both MTV2 and Fuse's "Uranium" program well into 2004. On the heels of the video's success, MASTODON was invited to appear in-studio as co-hosts of "Headbangers Ball," and did so alongside host Jamey Jasta, on Valentine's Day, 2004.

The accolades continued as MASTODON was named one of ALTERNATIVE PRESS Magazine's "Bands You Need to Know in 2004" and one of Metal Hammer's "50 Bands You Must Hear" for 2004 (alongside THE BRONX, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE and VELVET REVOLVER (ex-GUNS N' ROSES). In February, 2004, MASTODON was named one of the "25 Most Important Bands in Metal" by AP and as one of the "25 Greatest Live Bands Ever" by Revolver Magazine. The Revolver list also included such rock giants as KISS, NIRVANA, LED ZEPPELIN, AC/DC and SLAYER.

MASTODON teamed up with CLUTCH for a successful three-week stint in February and immediately following, made select west coast headlining appearances on their way to Seattle, where they entered both Robert Lang Studios (NIRVANA, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, FOO FIGHTERS) and Litho Studios (DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN, BOTCH) with producer Matt Bayles to record material for their second album 'Leviathan.


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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Remission, 2 stars for the concert DVD December 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I decided I had to buy Remission based on the opinions of two of my favorite reviewers (Wheelchair Assassin and WPA). The bad news was that I was unable to find the original version of Remission anywhere. The good news was that I found the 2003 Limited Edition reissue. It took me about three days to recover from the shock that came from listening to a CD that was so heavy, so intense, and so good.
Relapse records has quite a roster of unique bands. And let me tell you, Mastodon is no exception. They have achieved something on their first album that few bands do in their entire careers; they have established their own sound. Nowadays, it seems that a lot of groups are trying to be the next Dillinger Escape Plan or Meshuggah. And while Mastodon possess a mastery of their instruments that put them in league with both aforementioned bands, they bring in an element that seems to contradict everything math-metal is about. That element is sludgy stoner rock riffing. Of course it helps when two of your members (guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor) were in the technical metal outfit Lethargy. But it really isn't their technical skill that impresses me about Mastodon, it's the feeling they put into every riff and drumbeat. They MEAN every note they play whether it be the unbelievably beautiful intro of "Ol'e Nessie" or the bonecrushing beginning of "March of the Fire Ants".
The DVD, which was filmed in Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, really isn't much to write home about. The sound quality is atrocious. Bassist Troy Sanders' vocals are entirely too loud (he's actually louder than the instruments). and guitarist Bill Kelliher's vocals aren't loud enough. But I give it two stars for two reasons:
1. It was free.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best relapse has January 7, 2004
By Willo
Format:Audio CD
i might have reviewed this cd before, but i dont remember, so here we go.
first off let me say that mastodon is the most amazing metal band in the relapse assault. yes, although hard to believe, these guys top out cephalic carnage, dillinger escape plan, and maybe even pig destroyer.
i guess the reason that makes this cd so great is that its so diverse, while relapse is my favorite record label, a lot of relapse bands release CDs while are wonderful, become very dull after a couple of listens due to lack of variety in the music. mastodon is NOTHING like this however, they can have the all out brutality such as the opener "crusher destroyer" or "burning man", and than can slow down a touch with songs such as "trilobite" and the instrumentals of "o'le nessie".
these guys are just flat out talented. everything you hear about brann dailor's drumming is true. he's so technical and quick that a lot of the time your so focused on listening to the drums that you miss the rest of the cd, its that good. but, the beauty of his drumming is that he isn't always bursting on speed and going all over the kit like flo of cryptopsy, dailor likes to keep pace with the music, while still plowing his own path. believe everything you hear, the drums sound amazing.
the guitars are no exception, either. the music varies over several genres, and every single song stands out, no song sounds the same, this is what makes mastodon so much different from other relapse groups.
the vocals are also pretty well done, they are ridiculously low (such as nile) to where you can't take them seriously, and it isnt even really a growl, they sound like much more of a low yell, pretty neat.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brutal soundscapes December 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Relapse Records seems to have it's finger of the pulse of everything that is pushing the boundaries of intensity in today's metal scene. From the over the top grind of PxDx and Agoraphobic Nosebleed to these guys, the aptly titled Mastodon, they sure know to pickem.
One part Dillinger Escape Plan, the other part Kyuss, Mastodon are uncomprisingly heavy, yet they still manage to make dynamic and memorable music. "Dynamic" is the key word here... "aesthetics" would be another one. Mastodon shift from texture to texture flawlessly, creating soundscapes that bring to (my) mind cosmic planes, windtorn deserts, and other such imagery. Musically, they use dense riffage and intricate signatures to the fullest, without sounding too frenetic... in fact, it is possible not to notice their technicality on the first listen, a result of their ace songwriting.
The most extraordinary thing about Mastodon, however, is their drummer, Brann Dailor. Holy cow, this guy tears up the kit on this one, dropping mind boggling fills and snare tricks almost every few seconds. The Remission is one of the only albums I own (tool's lateralus is another..) where it's easy to pay more attention to the drums than the band as a whole . THAT is how good this guy is... his cymbal work is commendable as well.
I don't know if I would use "stoner rock" to describe Mastodon, but the droning guitar tone and penchant for ear candy does nothing to revoke it. If you dig on the whole Relapse scene you should have no trouble falling for Mastodon... excellent band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Now
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Published 9 days ago by gavin riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Really Good
I like Mastodon's newer albums better, but this is still great stuff. I remember seeing them open for Clutch between 2000 and 2005 a few times. It was a lot to take in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. W. Chesser
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTODOOOOONNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!
MASTODON's debut REMISSION is a great HEAVY METAL album!!!! The vocals are guttural and the band flows smoothly through extreme raw METAL to a more old METALLICA style!!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars BRUTAL MASTODON!!!!
MASTODON[s incredible debut REMISSION is one of their best, and one of the best HEAVY METAL you can find in now days.....MASTODON is the best HEAVY band of this new millenium!!!!! Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best release but what a way to start
Now after Mastodon has become one of favorite bands and I finally know each of their albums pretty well, I've decided to revisit all of them and work on my reviews. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Tamino Muth
4.0 out of 5 stars reviews are helpful...
this record kicks ass. i went back and re-listened. it holds up. i have no proof, but can only assume that, the one young fellow giving this record a 1 star salute is just a wuss. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by bonnaheed
5.0 out of 5 stars this album is weird but the musicianship is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mastodon is one odd band but the music they create is raw and its true piece of art the music they make is art at its best this album is one of my favorite albums the other albums... Read more
Published on December 15, 2011 by Darth Bane
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't work in my car
I havent tried playing this at home but i tried it in my car and it wont work...ive never had this problem...i listen to cds only in my car...
Published on December 4, 2011 by A. Huston
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTODON is here to stay
With their first major production after their Lifesblood EP, Mastodon storms in with a powerful album that will knock you off your socks. Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by Javier
4.0 out of 5 stars The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is..............
........that it would seem unfair after regarding their other albums.
Mastodon is an absolute tour de force in the world of metal and rock music. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Hexomega
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