Sound — 9
I sit down and press the play button, not knowing what to expect? At first I here only the hollow of the speaker, then in a blast of image and sound I hear Mastodon! At first the tracks whent by with nothing sparking intrest, but then I press repeat and start to hear the record clear now. At first glance the album seems scary or unknown like the monster in the closet, but when you start to look at it again it only wants to be friends, that's what this albums like.
Lyrics — 7
First and formost this not a lyrics album but a musical artist for musical artist album. The guitar, bass, and drums create the tone or place the artist wants you to imagine, Mastodon pulls this of just as well as thay did on thare other albums and creates meny tones of feeling. The lyrics aid to help create that tone and state of being if not effect driven vox then deep gut vox and all of this makes a great sound.
Overall Impression — 10
If the album does not stick the frist time around then give it another try because you would be missing out on great music. You can't expect to love to death do us part every track but you can expect to take something away from it's melting pot of sounds. In closeing thoughts I would like to say that this is a great album but it would not be true it does lack at times but makes up for it in shear madness and trueness an that's what music is about madness and trueness.