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Editors’ Notes

For its fifth studio album, Georgia’s Mastodon refines its attack, replacing epics of more than 10 minutes with tunes that put it together in no more than five and change. Tracks like “Curl of the Burl” and “Stargasm” have an accessibility that’s recently been largely absent. The intricate guitar work of “Octopus Has No Friends” heightens Brann Dailor’s ambitious, jazz-like drumming. Dailor’s actually the secret weapon here, adding his unpredictable patterns to songs until they walk off on their own. “All the Heavy Lifting” could be a standard-issue tune if not for Dailor bringing the apocalypse. Astral meditation underscores “The Hunter.” Black Sabbath inspires the tribal/stoner vibe of “Creature Lives.” Neurosis singer/guitarist Scott Kelly joins the group for the pummel of “Spectrelight.” These aren’t the same old stoner riffs but reinventions of sound from a band that’s found an edge and persona all its own. The album’s deluxe version features two notable bonus tracks, “The Ruiner” and “Deathbound,” which are as heavy as anything the band has recorded. Essential listening for all Mastodonians.

Customer Reviews


I dont quite like it as much as crack the sky, and was honestly a little dissapointed at first listen, I was expecting something more heavy. After repeated listens it totally grew on me this album is super decent. There are Maybe one or to "weak" tracks but the rest is awesome. Brann does more singing on this album witch is totally awesome. Just really not very heavy, at all spectrelight, and deatbound arereally the only in your face metal songs on the album. Musicianship for the whole album is amazing.


It's not a bad album but Crack the skye is much better and I hope they go back to their heavier progressive stuff.

Old mastodon

I miss old the mastodon craziness! new stuff is ok but the old stuff SLAYS!!


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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