Jonah Hex (Music From the Motion Picture) - EP
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||Death March||Mastodon||8:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Clayton Boys||Mastodon||3:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Indian Theme||Mastodon||4:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Train Assault||Mastodon||4:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Death March (Alternate Version)||Mastodon||9:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Clayton Boys (Alternate Version)||Mastodon||3:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Don’t let the fact that there are only six songs listed fool you — Mastodon’s 2010 score for the Jonah Hex movie plays as long as most albums. Opening number “Death March” stretches out for nearly nine minutes as the Atlanta, Georgia prog-metal quartet slowly builds on a pulsing dirge of doomy foundations while rumbling bass drones patiently swell into a tension-taut mantra that’s reminiscent of Sleep’s “From Beyond.” Co-production with Oscar-nominated composer Mario Beltrami gives these instrumentals a deliberate cinematic feel without taking away from the band’s weighty riffage and complex arrangements. “Clayton Boys” injects a menacing guitar trill for two-thirds of the composition before galloping rhythms take over and carry the listener to the more tranquil “Indian Theme,” which makes good use of Native American-inspired rhythms pounding underneath intertwining serpentine guitarmonies. Halfway through, the band explode into a rumbling locomotive onslaught of High On Fire-inspired metal (guitar player Bill Keliher and Brann Dailor first met at a High On Fire show in 1999). “Train Assault” is easily the most powerful track here.
Revenge May be Ugly, but this is Beautiful.
A nice way to hold back the appetite of Mastodon fans until the next album hits stores, this instrumental EP is well worth the four dollar price tag. "Death March" sets off a mystifying, dark atmosphere, shaking with building suspense that is unleashed in later tracks. The galloping rhythms of "Clayton Boys", when punctuated with the loud and clear bass, deliver an intense ferocity after the aforementioned suspense finally hits hard. "Indian Theme" rollicks with an energy reminiscent to certain parts of the band's crowning achievement "Crack the Skye", and as such, is probably the highlight of the EP. Finally, "Train Assault" has the guitars fittingly chugging along like a locomotive. One can almost picture a jet black steam engine roaring full speed to some horrible (or brilliant) fate when the track climaxes. The whole EP is a must-buy for Mastodon fans, so don't just take my word for it. Give it a listen for yourself.
Bless the Mastodon.
This is the hardest most intense most composed and brilliant metal I have heard in a long, long time.
Clayton Boys is just wickedly violent.
Formed: 1999 in Atlanta, GA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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