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Editors’ Notes

Leviathan finds Mastodon sharpening its prog-rock edge without sacrificing its grindcore muscle, resulting in a thunderous yet flexible hybrid sound. Using Moby-Dick as a recurring motif, the band summons up an aura of seafaring heroism and primeval danger (with a bit of Teutonic mythology tossed in). Brann Dailor’s tempo-shifting, jazz-influenced drumwork is often dazzling, spurring guitarists Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds to unleash volleys of intricate, incendiary riffage. “Blood and Thunder,” “Iron Tusk,” and “I Am Ahab” couch their savagery in tight, cogent arrangements. At various points, the band slinks to a Southern boogie beat (“Aqua Dementia”), churns up a Far Eastern atmosphere (“Seabeast”), and descends into a dark, delirious swirl (“Hearts Alive”). Kelliher and Hinds spew out the album’s lyrics — heavy on battle cries and warrior laments — with a froth-mouthed desperation. The instrumental “Joseph Merrick” (named for the legendary Elephant Man) cools things down with somber acoustic guitars and distorted organ dabs.

Customer Reviews

Mastodon is a roller coaster of heavy metal!

I remember when i first heard Mastodon, my friend showed me their ecard for Leviathan, i heard Iron Tusk, and i remember thinking the riff owned. It had a real sludgey feel to it, and im a fan of sludge metal so it appealed to me. After a bit i sorta thought the song was a little bland, then i heard Blood & Thunder and once again thought the opening riff was awesome, but the rest of the song was just too bland, by bland i mean nothing really to the song. After listening to both songs more and more i started digging the songs as a whole, i dont know what it is but it begins to grow on you, and before you know it you cant get enough. I bought the album and was extremely surprised, each song has a different feel to it. Its all heavy, but most of it was actually had a progressive tone to it. Its not exactly like head banger music although it has its moments, its more of listening to the songs as a whole, listening to the guitar riffs, listening to their insane drummer who sounds like he has attention deficit disorder because he cant keep one beat and does drum fill after drum fill(not insulting him at all, in fact i think he is a very impressive drummer and very enjoyable to listen to what hes playing). The album sorta lacks vocally, some vocals on some songs sound like Ozzy Osbourne, some vocals on some songs are very scratchy, almost like they are attempting black metal, some vocals sound like an old man trying to scream, and some vocals you just cant understand at all haha. But the vocals become something you dig a lot about their music, different in a good way. All in all, if your into progressive metal or sludge metal, give these guys a couple listens and you will find your self addicted to their music. Also the album cover to Leviathan is so damn cool, whoever the artist is, hes got a cool way of making his art.

Awesome!!!!

This album is nothing short of a masterpiece by any means. The song blood and thunder rules the world. It also has great musicianship.

Leviathan Review:

After two consistant years of listening to this album, my feelings about it can only be positive. When I first bought this at the store, I was confused, perplexed, but over all, I was intrigued; this wasn't like any metal band that I had ever heard. They're songs didn't just chug away like a run away train, they had substance, each song seemed to have a begining, middle and end. This is intelligent music, not just incoherent diatribes with hardcore guitars, this will music will make you THINK. It was hard in the begining, there was something more to this album than others. I then, slowly, started to notice this albums intracacies. The guitar work is phenominal, not to mention the drumming (Brann Dailor's drumming is some of the most inspired work I've heard in years). One the great things about this album is that an intro of a song can be confusing, but then at the perfect time, they all lock up for some amazing times (Blood and Thunder, I Am Ahab, Hearts Alive). This will sound odd, but this album is a red wine of sorts, because the older it gets, the better it becomes. This is probably the greatest rock album I have ever heard, and perhaps my favorite album of all times. This album deserves a 5/5, no question. Do yourself a favor, if your looking for a satisifying experience, buy yourself this album, you'll be happy you did

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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