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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 endeavor—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

forget this?

I only want to address the idiot who posted the “pop metal” comment. I’m tired of hearing folks cry “sell out” or “pop”. Forgive me, but i’m honestly hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love a little melody in music. The fact that mastodon has evolved and still are hard-rocking, uncompromising musicians is something to be celebrated. If you truly want the finger nails to chalk board approach to music, as your definition of music, there are plenty of bands out there to choose from. Don’t try and beat up an exceptionally gifted band like Mastadon. I’ve loved everything from Blood Mountain on, and present release included is nothing short of genius, but more importantly has elements of melody but still retains the bone-crunching approach that all metal-heads can appreciate.


In a shotgun blast manner, a lot of people are worried of bands reaching a certain level and 'selling out' or progressing to a lighter side of writing style. Mastodon, if listened to since the 'Call of the Mastodon' album released some years ago, has undoubtedly progressed in their writing style, but in such a way that has always kept me on the edge of my seat to hear the next riff, the next transition on the drums, or the next bridge to realignment in their songs. It's different than their roots, but listen to the albums they've released over the past 10 years and you can literally hear them getting better and more complex in the work they produce. Forever impressed...Respect!

Can't Wait

After hearing High Road I am really interested to see what the rest of the album sounds like. I really love the way that Mastodon's sound is evolving.


Formed: 1999 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Metal

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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