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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.

Customer Reviews

Incredible Sounds, Metal or Not

Prior to Blood Mountain's release, I had only listened to a couple songs from Leviathan. It was pretty neat stuff, but it didn't interest me enough to buy the album. When I heard about the new album coming out, I knew it would be amazing considering Mastodon has gotten better with every album they've released so far. I then read a review from Rolling Stone that, in a nutshell, said it was amazing (they later rated it the 9th best album of the year). So I bought the album, listened through it once...then listened to it again. I was literally shocked after listening to this album it's that good. With that said, returning listeners of Mastodon, listeners of metal, or listeners that are just interested in venturing into something new, buy Blood Mountain, because it freakin' rocks!! First and foremost, Mastodon is pretty heavy stuff. Even though every popular music magazine has given it praise, that doesn't mean that it is easily accessible to all audiences. The band is full of very talented musicians, but the drummer is the main spectacle. This guy can seriously destroy the drums like no other. The other guys are pretty good; both guitars are amazing and the bassists, well, frankly he's just background for the most part. The singer has a pretty neat voice as well. At times it's ear-grinding, cookie monster singing that nobody likes, but most of the time it's pretty unusual (sounds cool but you can't really understand what he's saying). The album starts off with 'The Wolf is Loose', a fast/heavy song that really sets the standard for the rest of the album. The next 9 songs are amazing, but you can skip some of the last songs. 'Capillarian Crest' is the most popular single off the album and it is also one of the best. The song starts off with some vocals, then it completely changes into a crazy guitar solo for the remaining length. I also recommend listening to 'Colony of Birchmen' and 'Bladecatcher' if you only have to download a couple songs from the album. I would definately recommend this album to returning listeners of Mastodon, as Blood Mountain is arguably better than Leviathan, those who listen to metal, and general fans of music with a well-rounded taste. Seriously, buy the whole album, it friggin rocks!


While most extremely heavy metal bands all sound bland and grating, Mastodon has always stood above the rest with amazingly catchy tunes, brillaintly played instruments, and a plethora of amazing guest stars. "Blood Mountain" is Mastodon's "Master Of Puppets," the group's first two records were amazing but this one tops them all. Right from the opening blast of "The Wolf Is Lose" to the closing thanks from Queens Of The Stone Age and Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme. This is pure metal bliss right here, I feel we can only expect more amazing metal from this band in the future. This record is easily a contender for the best metal album of the decade so far.

Another smash album from Metal's Proggy Grandkids

I think this album is definately their most ambitious to date. They have kept their same signature form: twisty, melodic guitar lines, raucous rhythm on the bass and guitars, and some amazingly complex jazz drumming. They use these rules to once again tell the listener another tale. While Laviathan told the tale of Moby Dick in morbid reccess, this time the story is of their own ficticious Blood Mountain, a place where a dangerous, mystical, shape-shifting wolf begins its terror and a living, thinking forest terrorizes those who walk through it. Basically, they tell the story of a magical, living mountain full of terrors and surprises. I felt the sound on this album, though highly polished, definately fits the album. Much in the way that Leviathan had a watery sound to it all (through the mixers wonderful use of uni-vibe effects and rotating speaker emulators), Blood Mountain seems to have a more solidified sound than its predeccessor, making the album feel more solid, and rockier: the way it should be when telling the tales of a haunted mountain. If you're a fan of Metal, then I highly reccommend this album. If you're a fan of Prog rock, I highly reccommend this album. If you're a fan of intricate classically arranged music, I highly reccommend this album. Over all, I highly reccommend this album.


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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