Sound — 9
This is now one of my favourite bands, and this would have to be the best CD. I love Leviathan, but this has some killer tracks that just can't be ignored. I hear people say how they're so weird and they're not worth listening to, but that's what this world needs, new unique metal. Not the same faggots whining about being dumped by their girlfriends. Some of the tracks sound too staticy and not refined enough, and some of the vocals can be a bit too rough, but overall this is a work of art. You can hear the metalness in every track. My favourites have to be "Mother Puncher", that delivers one of the best harmonic intros I've ever heard, to "Workhorse", a brutal anthem for anyone who's worked a day in their life and knows how much it sucks. And "March of the Fire Ants", which was the first single from this album and one of the best heavy tracks on this disc. The sound varies from heavy songs like those, to slower, softer ones like Trainwreck and O'le Nessie.
Lyrics — 9
Mastodon's lyrics, while baffling, are unique and captivating. They get you thinking and pull you in. Brent and Troy work like a 2 man army, beating you down with their crunching growls and primal yells. What makes them so cool is they're unlike most vocalists, they don't have raw singing talent but they can still sound menacing and aren't bad to listen to. Some of the songs, like Workhorse, you can really relate to, while others, like Burning Man and Trilobite, may make no sense at all.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression is I'm blown away by this awesome band that should be way more popular. This cd quite compares to Leviathan, which I believe has better vocal tracks, but this is definately the heavier of the equation. I wasn't always a fan of Mastodon, but once I heard them, I was hooked. I've gotten all 3 CDs so far, and I can't wait to hear their next. Go pick this up, I would definately buy it twice, it's well worth it.