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Blood Mountain

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'Awe-inspiring' (Entertainment Weekly) 'The century's headbanger-to-beat' (Spin), 'Spectacular' (Revolver), 'Unstoppable' (Alternative Press), One of Rolling Stone's 2005 Artists To Watch, the sludgy, raw and fierce Mastodon blurs the line between metal, rock and prog with their major-label debut, Blood Mountain. After two acclaimed indie albums and tours with Slayer, Iron Maiden and Rob Zombie and dates at Ozzfest, Mastodon storms onto the national stage ready to annihilate everything that has come before.

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You could have passed it off as a fluke. Remission was an awesome album, helping revitalize metal and bringing the band much deserved notice. Leviathan was a gigantic leap, perhaps the most ambitious metal album in years. But could it keep going? People were concerned–-side glances were given, hand wringing began as Mastodon moved to a major. And for what? Turns out for nothing. Blood Mountain is flat-out amazing. If anything, it is another leap forward, both experimentaly and melodically. From the opening blast of "The Wolf is Loose", to the gorgeous "Sleeping Giant", on to the propulsive "Circle of Cysquatch." The King Crimson acid scratch of "Bladecatcher" gives way to the beautiful guitars on "This Mortal Soil" and the album closer. Lyrically and vocally, there are stand-outs--especially "Colony of Birchmen" with rich harmonies and a guest appearance from QOTSA's Josh Homme. Other guests on the record include Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta. This marks yet another grand progressions for a band that is quickly building up one of the best catalogs in metal. --Robert Arambel
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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000GPI2EK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
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It's true that less can sometimes be more in the world of metal, but Mastodon have clearly never even considered it. Fortunately, though, this Atlanta-based quartet have proven that they're more than capable of using the "more is more" theory wisely, and getting great results from it. Their enormous and expansive new album, "Blood Mountain," is yet another addition to the group's increasingly epic catalogue.

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.
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Following their thematic masterpiece, LEVIATHAN, the mighty Mastodon brings us their most ambitious and complex music to date on BLOOD MOUNTAIN. Mastodon have been called the next big thing in the metal genre, and with this album, it is hard to deny that they are the most exciting band in this music.

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.
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By OUTHOUSE on September 14, 2006
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So........

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.
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BLOOD MOUNTAIN is another concept album following LEVIATHAN, this time an epic quest on a mountain. From water to earth... Scott Kelly of Neurosis makes another guest appearance, this time on the second song, "Crystal Skull." This time Josh Homme also appears, on "Colony of Birchmen." Paul Romano once again provides the superb art work.

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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