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Editors’ Notes

Dream big, aim high, and unleash the beast within. That’s the philosophy behind Mastodon’s mutant form of prog-metallurgy, as evidenced on 2006’s Blood Mountain. Singer/guitarist Brent Hinds rages like a maddened prophet confronting every Angel of Hell imaginable, howling himself raw with defiance. “Crystal Skull,” “Colony of Birchmen,” “Hand of Stone” and similar tracks invoke gore-spattered Nordic tales of the supernatural, brought to seething life with shifting tempos and stabbing guitar strokes. Beneath the album’s volcanic surface, there is surprising nuance, revealed in the jazzy undercurrents of “Capillarian Crest” and the hyperkinetic grandeur of “Bladecatcher.” “Sleeping Giant” stretches forth like a majestic arctic sea, while “Circle of Cysquatch” throbs with the fury of a flagellation ritual. Mastodon fully struts its elephantine stuff on “Pendulous Skin,” a vast, multi-textured sojourn into the band’s inner universe. At times, Blood Mountain nearly sinks into aural murkiness and lyric obscurity. Admittedly, the album is a lot to digest — but for those seeking epochal metal with a dark twist, this sprawling work offers massive satisfaction.

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A Mountain of Greatness

These guys have been making music that could tease the ears of Beethoven and Dimebag at the same time. This album is just another step in the evololution of a band that doesn't even know where their music will take them next. Blood Mountain is on par with Leviathan and Remission, not because they are alike but because they are different in a good way. Where Leviathan was driving, forceful and jazzy (weird concept) Blood Mountain is slower, better paced, and more artsy. Kinda like a cross between Tool and Pink Floyd with a metal spin on it. Top 5 Songs: Crystal Skull The Wolf Is Loose Circle Of Cysquatch Sleeping Giant Colony Of Birchmen

Beware the flight of the mastodon!!!!!!

I was a little worried at first, I heard this album was more commercial than the other ones. BUT NOW I can see that I was wrong. Mastodon is in fire breathing, skeleton smashing form as always. I should have known better. Like a massive prehistoric ocean breaking over freshly cooled stone they crush everything in their path. prepare to have metal redfined.

Unique experience

Blood Mountain is absolutly amazinig. In my 26 years on this planet, i have never heard anything like this band. Nonstop riffing, intense drumming, twisted song structure. Capillarian Crest has some of the most intricate guitar work ive heard. Dont miss this album, as well as Mastodons other 2 albums. Definitly a musicians album.

Biography

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...
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