Mastodon - CD review (5 stars)


Blood Mountain (Warner Brothers)


Loud, for some reason, has always been equated with stupid (Spinal Tap have a lot to answer for presumably), but as these four fairly well-adjusted young men from Atlanta prove, metal can be both big and very, very clever.

They still indulge in a lyrical bent that borders on the Tolkien-esque, including talk of wolves, birchmen and sleeping giants. But, like the incomprehensibly verbose Mars Volta, this doesn’t take away from the quality of the music, which is complex, varied and textured, relying on time signatures and shifts of weight and dynamics rather than just berating listeners with coruscating riffage. And even when they do indulge it’s with a certain purpose and guile. Tremendous.


Atlanta-based hefty rock behemoth with a proggy approach to metal. Composed of Troy Sanders (bass), Brent Hinds (guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (drummer) Mastodon mix sludge, progressive, experimental and heavy metal with plenty of screams. The band has toured with metal giants Slayer, Metallica…

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