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Mastodon have shown a restless and inventive creative energy since they emerged in the early ’00s, progressing from the sludgy, riff-driven metal of their debut to the jagged, jazz-inflected shards of 2011’s The Hunter. While the band’s elaborate conceptual albums have been inspired by everything from Moby Dick to Rasputin, their sixth studio endeavour—Once More ’Round the Sun—doesn’t revolve around a central narrative theme. Instead, the album’s focused and far-reaching songs stand on their own merits. The most powerful moments on Once More ’Round the Sun are the most epic: like the chorus of “The Motherload” (sung by drummer Brann Dailor) and the soaring refrain of “High Road.” The thrashing, turn-on-a-dime complexity of a tune like “Chimes at Midnight,” as well as the blistering guitar solo of “Halloween” are forceful reminders of Mastodon’s impressive ability to bridge metal’s heavy past with the genre’s inspiring future.

Customer Reviews

Fav band ever!!!

High road is a great tune. I can honestly say I have never been this excited about an album release. June couldn't get here any faster. Mastodon has done nothing but deliver since their debut! I can't get enough of these guys. They are a major break from the yelling screaming metal I always listen to as well. Please never break up, continue your legacy and deliver the goods to us forever. Thank you so much. Now to see you guys live, hopefully one day here in Sudbury Canada :D



not quite

I don't get it. This is ok... kinda dull next to crack in the skye and the hunter was catchier. High Road is good, The chanting bit in aunt lisa is bad.


Formed: 1999 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist Bill Kelliher, drummer Bränn Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genre spawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent...
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