Call Of The Mastodon Review

artist: Mastodon date: 02/20/2006 category: compact discs
Mastodon: Call Of The Mastodon
Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Label: Relapse
Genres: Post-Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal
Number Of Tracks: 29
Call Of The Mastodon collects the influential Atlanta metal band's earliest recordings.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8.7
Call Of The Mastodon Reviewed by: kevhead, on february 20, 2006
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Sound: This CD is a compilation of the early Lifesblood EP and an unreleased 9 song demo. It is remixed and remastered and all new artwork. The sound itself is a fair bit different than their most recent album release Leviathan, but still remains a very heavy CD and just as good as their previously albums. The artwork is spot one, representing the sounds very well, as its overall intensity blends with the song writing and vocal work. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics deal with almost the same themes as their previous album: battles, beasts and general life problems. The vocals on this are very heavy and some black/death metal type screams but fit with the music very well and acts as a 4th instrument. And the bluesy singing on 'We Built This Come Death' and very well sang. // 9

Overall Impression: This is a great release for die-hard mastodon fans and a good starting off CD for a first time listener. But considering its length and if people already have the Lifesblood EP, and the have downloaded or lucky enough to get the 9 song demo, then this release may seem unnecessary. It also loses the movie voice cuts from lifesblood but that's only a little fault. My favourite tracks would have to be Thank You For This/We Built This Come Death, Shadows That Move and Call Of The Mastodon. // 8

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