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A menacing compliment to Mastodon's masterpiece

Please don't be thwarted by reviewers who speak as if they've never seen a violin in their lives. If you loved Leviathan (who doesn't?), and were actually able to appreciate the visual imagery and soundscapes that fleshed out the Moby Dick atmosphere of it all, this album makes an amazing companion piece. If Mastodon's work was more from Ahab's perspective, the Vitamin String Quartet seems to almost take the side of the Whale, with obvious musical substitions, exchanging metal guitars and growls with far more emotive and haunting stringed instruments. This is a beautiful tribute and awe-inspiring tribute to an amazing band and an amazing album.


Some people just won't get(understand) this - as evidenced by some of the reviews. The original version by Mastodon is a timeless masterpiece album, much like the story itself of Moby Dick. This version brings a whole different view to the arrangements. It's as heavy as anything you'll ever listen to, and it will take you on a journey. You can actually feel the madness of being lost at sea in a vicious circle of being the hunter/hunted. If anything this translation gives these songs even more weight-didn't think that was possible. It also really shines a light on the genius that is Mastodon. Buy this if you're brave enough to take the voyage. If you're looking to rock out-stick with the original.

oh my god

thats what i said when i seen it, mastodon is amazing and so is the vitamin string quartet so when you get them doing mastodon songs its better than amazing


Genre: Tribute

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The Vitamin String Quartet is a group of Los Angeles-based studio musicians who have carved out a unique niche for themselves, recording new versions of songs by well-known rock, pop, and country artists, arranged for a small string ensemble. The Vitamin String Quartet have released well over 100 albums (through their own Vitamin Records label), most of which feature the songs of a single artist (and in some cases interpret a single album in full), though the group has also released thematic collections...
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A Taste of Chaos Ensemble Performs Mastodon's Leviathan, Vitamin String Quartet
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 08, 2006

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