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  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000GPI2EK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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MASTODON Blood Mountain (2006 UK 12-track CD album the third studio album from the true monsters of metal with guest appearances from Scott Kelly [Neurosis] Josh Homme [QOTSA] & Cedric Bixler-Zavala [The Mars Volta] and including the singlesCrystal Skull Capillarian Crest The Wolf Is Loose and Colony Of Birchmen comes with the picture / lyric booklet)

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I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Henry Cow amongst others. Have continued to listen to KC as they developed/progressed.

More recently been into Radiohead, Muse, Tool, The Mars Volta.

Blood Mountain initially struck me as a deranged cross between later heavy King Crimson and the post-punk metal of Motorhead. It's a sound I couldn't have even imagined in my youth. It's the sound of my youth's future.

At first, I could only grin widely at its over-the-top power, precision and inventiveness. Some bits made me laugh at Mastodon's sheer audacity and confidence. Now I know the album I'm struck by its tunefullness, its harmonised riffs, and its moods/atmospheres. And its over-the-top power, precision and inventiveness.

This album inspired me to go off on a Mastodon hunt of their previous releases, which was fantastic!

Like their critically-acclaimed previous album Leviathan, the first three tracks offer something different but still just about accessable to the interested listener. Then track four on both albums takes you to Planet Mastodon itself. Things become seriously deranged and interesting!

Blood Mountain probably works better than Leviathan overall, which is probably a good thing if a band has a "prog" label. They certainly don't want to make the same record again, a similar set of songs to tour with. They want to expand, explore, progress, push themselves. Leviathan has got some fantastic songs on it, but overall the quality of the songs on Blood Mountain is probably more consistent. They're all equally wierd/interesting in different ways.

I haven't got a clue what the various labels used these days mean (grindcore, stoner doom, etc) but if these mean something to you, then fine.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2007
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Mastodon is the rarest kind of metal band -- a really brilliant, creative one. No posing or nu-metal appeals for radioplay here.

And after their previous brilliant albums, they reached a new apex in "Blood Mountain." The Atlanta band spins songs about a beautiful, icy land -- played in a sonic eruption of kinetic instruments and some brilliantly mythic lyrics. It's a fiery, breathtaking ride.

It opens with rapid-fire drums and a squealing guitar, with a hoarse voice shouting, "The hero of the gods/The crossing of the threshold!" But the music soon uncoils into a fast-moving hard-rocker, full of blistering riffs and surreal lyrics about gods, shapeshifters, tyrants, heroes and "hulder folk and fairies."

Then we break into the tribal drums and blazing, sludgy riffs of "Crystal Skull," which is just begging to be air-guitared. And they don't let up in the songs that follow: the darkly epic "Sleeping Giant," metal with nimbly catchy melodies, sludgy hard-rock that blazes with muscular basslines, and expanses of roaring prog-metal that races by at light speed.

No ballads. No interludes. Sure, some of these songs open with some electronic squiggling, or maybe a mellow guitar melody, but they don't take long to explode into something totally different. The only exception is "Pendelous Skin," the very last song on the album -- it's an atmospheric blend of slow-burning rock played in a more alt-rocky style.

But up until then, it's nothing but rapid-fire, headbanging proggy-rocky metal. Sludgy and/or muscular riffs, smashing bass, and blindingly rapid drums that have to be heard to be believed -- and the whole thing is tightly woven out of different styles.
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Diverse is the way to describe this beast. It has definitely progressed the band and the music has evolved into a less driven, grinding form to a more fluid chugging and rythmic sound. It reminds me in many places of Ol' Nessie and has some beautiful touches. You can certainly feel the Stoner roots and also elements of prog (dare I say it). The guitars are sharper and have more treble, the bass gives rythm not thunder and the vocals are less scream/shouted for the most part but are quite abstract in their way.

Mastodon are extremely deft musicians and it is very apparent on this new album. Tempo and time changes are seamless and you get the feeling they could easily play all of this live as the are no obvious knob twiddles going on!

All tracks stand out but it is the bizarre almost Faith No More influenced Capillarian Crest and the wied Hawaian guitar beginning to the song Blade catcher followed by what can only be described as demented scratching and then a great solid mogodon riff which whirls and flies like a wounded hawk with really no vocals!

A superb album which cannot be genre typed or pigeonholed. Heavy but groovy..a must have!
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By RJ on 22 Jan. 2007
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This is the first metal album i've bought in years and boy am i relieved that i found it. recently, i began to feel that metal was letting me down. metallica seem to be dying a slow death, motorhead and iron maiden are STILL releasing albums better than the new bands, and the likes of bullet for my valentine and trivium don't quite cut it as proper metal bands, instead appealing to the emocore crowd.

then blood muountain came along. the pure ferocity of 'leviathan' had originally put me off Mastodon but seeing such good press coverage of the release (including radio 1) i thought it was time to regain the faith. quite simply this is a top 5 of my collection record. it is bewildering, beautiful and heavyier than almost anything out there, perhaps more similar to metallica's '...and justice' (in idea if not quite sound) than anything else. 'Concept' albums may not be my cup of tea usually, but mastodon pull it off with ease, creating a huge cinematic sound actually rivalling the grandeur of instrumentalists Pelican. lyrically 'blood mountain' sometimes struggles under the weight of the story it tries to tell, but fear not, it creates a dark violent atmosphere that makes the cheesy 'dungeons and dragons' approach of the likes of Dragonforce look like a joke.

as you might expect, this record does need a fair few listens all the way through, but that deoesnt stop it from hitting some simple, short crowd pleasers, especially 'colony of birchmen' and the 'wolf is loose'.

overall then, without doubt a contender for one of the albums of this decade, and i'm not just talking about metal. get it now...just look at the price!
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