Blood Mountain review by Mastodon

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  • Released: Sep 12, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (217 votes)
Mastodon: Blood Mountain

Sound — 10
Mastodon have become a fitting part of what we call modern "prog-rock", though it really doesn't matter once you've had a good listen to this album. The contrast of not only tones but syles between the members (notably Brann Dailor on drums, and Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds on guitars) is what gives the album it's appeal. The guitar work jumps from sporatic to sludging to down south chicken picking in an oddly natural way, and is accented by great bass lines and some crazy Randy Rhoads "polka dot" drums. The production is very tight and sounds extremely well thought out, without losing the raw intensity of the band. The sheer technical ability of the band is worth the 13 dollars Canandian that I paid for the album (twice over). Give one listen to Capillarian Crest, Circle of Cysquatch or Colony of Birchmen and you'll understand.

Lyrics — 9
In the case of Mastodon, the lyrics are really good within the context of the music. This is kind of unsual, since most bands that deal with this kind of lyricism get slapped with a "power metal" badge and cast off. In this particular situation this is not the case. Also, Troy Sanders fits in a good niche between the growl and the singing. If still not convinced, guest singers Cedric Bixler Zavala (Mars Volta), Josh Homme (QOTSA), and Scott Kelly seemingly fill the void.

Overall Impression — 10
I haven't heard anybody that is really that close to the sound that Mastodon has made for themselves. I will say it is not for all people, but it in my opinion is a good step for metal music. Capillarian Crest is one of my favorites right now and why not. It kicks your ass and it feels good! These guys are great musicians who give a shit about music, and in my opinion handed out a great metal album that is worth being in any metal heads collection. Enough said.

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    i heard blood and thunder on kerrangs (shudder) fields of screams cd and i hated it like a year ago i bought blood mountain the day it came out, despite the face i had ordered a copy off of amazon, and it blew me away to the point blood and thunder clicked aswell Greatest metal band to walk the earth at the moment, they give metallicas old stuff a run for its money too
    great album you can see their procces of making it on their you tube account one of my favorite concept albums its up there with the wall operation mindcrime, tommy, etc. i left some out
    Very nice review... I haven't had a chance to buy this CD yet, but I plan on doing so in the near future. Checked.
    one of the best albums i've ever heard. phenomenal. one of the best live bands ever. amazing. deserve to sell 10 million records. go buy. killer.
    I still prefer Leviathan but this album was great nonetheless. As per usual they made something out of the ordinary and different while still maintaining that signature sound.
    AngryGuitarist wrote: I remember a long time ago i looked up mastodon out of curiosity, i hated their music, and i just forgot about them. i was hearing all about this new cd "blood mountain" from all of my friends, so of course, not remembering them from a while ago, i went and bought it. after i bought it and before i listened to it i remembered that i didnt like them, well, i popped the cd in and listened to it, Their music grows on you, Every time you listen to it, it just gets better! After the 3rst time you listen to mastodons music, it grows on you, They are a great band, and this is one hell of an album
    Likewise, buy this album right now!