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This is Mastodon's first release on a major label (they left Relapse to sign to Warner Music earlier in the year), so many immediately assumed it will sound overly polished and more melodic than the band's previous works. Both of those assumptions prove to be true to some extent, because the new disc isn't as raw or sonically heavy as, say, 2002's "Remission." But when the results are as good as "Blood Mountain," they're hard to argue with. This is a perfectly natural and creative progression from their two year-old masterpiece "Leviathan." The newfound progressive metal touches don't dilute or restrain the album's heaviness, and they actually help to emphasize the heavy parts and make them even more intense.
Like "Leviathan," 2004's whale of an album which was based on Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" novel, "Blood Mountain" is also conceptual. It tells a tale about a character climbing a mountain and becoming stranded, and different things happen (the character hallucinates, runs into strange creatures, begins to starve and freeze, etc.) Couple this wondrously imaginative storytelling with such complex, experimental music, and the end result may very well be an album that's the new summit of Mastodon's career.
Most of the songs are greatly unpredictable, but there are a couple hypnotic moments.Read more ›
To use a jazz phrase, this band really swings. Mastodon is building a Rush-like reputation as the most technically proficient band in their genre. They can bludgeon, and they can simply rawk. They constantly play with timings, playing (almost) stoner-slow or blast-beat fast. Vocals sway from screaming intensity to bar-soaked looseness, and they can just as easily get weird and mess with your head.
BLOOD MOUNTAIN brings a complete scene change from LEVIATHAN. Whereas LEVIATHAN made you feel like you were riding the sea, hunting an elusive foe, BLOOD MOUNTAIN sends you into the deep wilderness, where you are the hunted. Themes range from the searching ("Crystal Skull," "Sleeping Giant"), the vertigo-inducing ("Capillarian Crest") to the fantastic ("Colony of Birchmen") and the frantic ("The Wolf is Loose," "Circle of Cysquatch").
My favorites so far include the (aforementioned) full-force of "The Wolf is Loose," the intricately prog-like "Capillarian Crest," and the extremity of "Circle of Cysquatch." Probably the sharpest left turn on the album comes on "Sleeping Giant," another sign that Mastodon isn't afraid to stay at a groovy mid-tempo for a while. And I just wish the graceful album closer, "Pendulous Skin," could only have continued that cool vibe for about ten more minutes.
It's hard to top such an epic like LEVIATHAN, and it's too early for me to decide where this album will fit in their history.Read more ›
Im not really a metal head at all anymore (Was back in my teenage years) But I really do enjoy any type of music, as long as it is .... well.....good.
Back in 2001 I saw another one of my favorite bands...A little band known as Clutch. Opening for them was another band I had never heard of known as....you guessed it!..Mastodon. I was impressed by the musicianship but not the tattooed metal hairbanging with the masturbatory guitar solos.
I was wrong.
So after hearing Remission (1st Album) I thought.."Man this stuff is a little to hard for me anymore. Leviathan (2nd Album) I think is possibly one of the best metal records I have ever heard. I immediately enjoyed the complexity of the music. The whole album losely revolved around the story of Moby Dick.
Now...Blood Mountain..So the new Mastodon has had alot to live up to when compared to their last album (I know thats not fair). It is really an incredible experience. The complexity of the music is insane. Normal metal is like Kenny G...Mastodon is like John Coltrane.
What I am trying to say after all this B.S. Is if you have an open mind to music of different genres..Pick it up..Now.
I consider LEVIATHAN and BLOOD MOUNTAIN to be Mastodon's two best albums. This one takes the basic sound of LEVIATHAN and elaborates it into a more progressive and psychedelic dimension. I can understand why some consider LEVIATHAN to be stronger, but I think the prog additions work phenomenally well.
After this one the number of people was rapidly growing who saw Mastodon as one of the most important new metal bands, forging a new mainstream for the new millennium. Both Brann Dailor's drumming and the guitar playing of Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher are technically excellent. The vocals are the band's weakest spot, but Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders are not bad singers, they're just not as distinctive or amazing as the percussion and guitar.
If you're just checking out the band, this is definitely one to hear, along with LEVIATHAN.
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This, in my opinion, is Mastodon's second best album, only being beat out by Crack the Skye. It is the first album where they really start exploring their more ambient and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnathan Goodrich
This is Mastodon's first good album. Remission and Leviathan (one of the most overrated metal records of the last 15 years) are formless, shapeless, boring slogs of noise without... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edwin O. Eschberger
Every song here is almost an adventure. The riffs are so sweet and heavy, the drumming is nuts, the bass and vocals...so memorable from Brent and Troy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pick this up! One of their most ambitious works! I particularly love Colony of Birchmen and Siberian Divide.Published 10 months ago by JAVIER ZULETA A
Up there with Ænima and Trendkill as one the greatest metal albums ever made.Published 10 months ago by R. Schalkle