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Remission [VINYL]

Mastodon Vinyl
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Mastodon have never really done anything the “conventional” way. The Atlanta-based band formulated their own brand of highly-skilled hard rock over a decade ago when others were rehashing 80s metal, and went on to mastermind a string of complex concept albums while much of the music world was centered on making digestible singles. The fact that Mastodon has received an outpouring ... Read more in Amazon's Mastodon Store

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  • Vinyl (18 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B000066HJ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nascent Genius 11 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
As with Lifesblood, when listening to Remission one can certainly hear the formidable musical heights that Mastodon wish to scale (and have subsequently conquered with sublime releases such as Leviathan and Blood Mountain). That is not to say that this recording is in any way inferior to the later releases. Indeed, being one of my first exposures to Mastodon, some of these tracks remain at the top of my most listened to list.

Certainly by the time Remission was recorded Mastodon had discovered that special something that has seen them elevated above being easily classified as just another hardcore/thrash/techmetal/progrock/whatever outfit. Their music has a depth rarely found in the often shallow or frivolous contemporary metal scene. I find that listening to Mastodon is like being bludgeoned with something massively dense but beautifully soft. Not until the proceedings are over do you realise that you are bleeding from the ears.

This recording has a real sense of the 'live performance' and you sometimes wonder if you are listening to a Mastodon Jam session as Brann Dailor's drumming drives the band along a technical tightrope. But this ever present danger of witnessing four musicians collapse in a grinding heap imbues the recording with levels of energy that few bands manage to capture in a studio.

If you are lucky enough to find Remission, buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing extreme metal goodness 12 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is undoubtedly one of the most significant metal releases of the last few years. What Mastodon have done with this album, is combine elements from several forms of extreme metal and fuse with a large slab of jazz and hardcore.
Mastodon have created a truly unique sound that is really refreshing. The level of technical proficiency displayed on this album is astonishing! With the band switching from crushingly brutal, to catchy and melodic seamlessly.
The drumming is awe inspiring, Brann Dailor is constantly rolling off amazing fills, and it never gets tiresome, he just keeps you on your toes the whole way through. The guitar work is also good, very technical and precise, featuring some very unique and jazzy riffs; in fact March of the fire ants has one of the best opening riffs I've ever heard! I really like the vocals as well, there done in a shouty/raspy kind of manner, and whilst there nothing amazing, they do fit the music perfectly. For all fans of extreme metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavier than a big bag of spanners! 17 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mastodon are a truly frightening proposition. Counting former members of noisefreaks 'Today Is The Day' amongst their ranks this should come as no surprise, but what really shocks is the sheer all-out heaviness on show here.
Whereas Today Is The Day often sound a little samey, and their albums tend to drag somewhat, you could never level that accusation at Mastodon. There is loads of variety on this album - the band are not content with merely making a bowel-clenchingly heavy rumble, they like to chuck some variety in as well. Not since Bloodlet's majestic outro piece from 'The Seraphim Fall' have acoustic guitars been used to such unnerving effect as on this album. 'Ole Nessie' has a real supreme menace to it, and the fact that the song is bookended by quieter passages makes it all the more threatening.
Fusing extreme metal (hardcore tinged with grindcore) with more diverse influences such as southern rock and death metal, this has to be one of the most impressive albums for a long time.
The highlight of the album comes quickly, with 'March Of The Fire Ants' - a monstrous intro, followed by a spine-splittingly heavy main riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a Meshuggah album. The bridge is a beautiful harmonised arpeggiated piece that is reminiscent of Iron maiden at their best! and the song then breaks down in a similar vein to Neurosis circa 'Times Of Grace' before returning to the opening riff briefly to end the song on a high note. Superb.
Essential listening, and could set the blueprint for an entirely new breed of metal. Relapse have come up trumps again!
If you like this try:
High On Fire - Surrounded By Thieves
Soilent Green - Sewn Mouth Secrets
Today Is The Day - Temple Of The Morning Star
Clutch - Transnational Speedway League
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening for all! 1 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the best metal album to come out in the last ten years. There is no conceivable reason for you to not buy it.
Mastodon have somehow combined all my favourite things about the '80s Slayer and Metallica records and modern death metal, and created the simply stunning masterpiece you have wisely chosen to investigate further. This has set the bar for contemporary extreme music way, way high.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bored with current metal music? BUY THIS NOW! 29 Feb 2004
By Rab
Format:Audio CD
I'm into metal/hard rock (with a bit of death metal on the side) and have been disappointed with offerrings over the last few months. Until I heard Remission from Mastodon.
I find describing music very difficult so what makes this album special? Quite simply, all the tunes are good. It's not like Darkness whose album starts brilliantly and then tails off really badly. All the tracks on this album are superb. The tunes are memorable. You'll find yourself huming/shouting/yelling/screaming along with all the tracks on this album . (My favourite: Ol'e Nessie).
To sum up the albums greatness, I rank it on a par with the classic Symbolic from Death themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut album
What a great album.
Listen to it.
Then listen again.
Published 2 days ago by Mr. M. D. Higginbotham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Purchased this for my son who used to have this but got lost. He absolutely loves this CD and is very pleased with it. He has their other CD's too.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Wendy J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC
EPIC ALBUM!!! NICE AND HEAVY FROM MASTODON, BUT DIFFERENT TO THERE OTHER GRATE ALBUMS!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DECENT SPEAKERS!!!
Published 18 months ago by liam
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I bought this after having all the other albums and I have to say WOW it is so different. I was a bit taken aback it is very very heavy and crushing and the vocals are all roared... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cubby Kovu
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly great album, but badly mastered.
2012 vinyl pressing review. I love this album but....

Not a great sounding pressing if I'm honest. It sounds as distorted as the CD. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cashbox
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is simply excellent
Mastodon have been my favourite band for many a year now and I cannot recommend this or any of their albums more. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by A Brook
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start
Mastodon's debut album Remission is a very interesting album. Containing many of the band's finest work, such as the energetic `Crusher Destroyer,' the Kyuss influenced `Mother... Read more
Published on 27 April 2010 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Kicks Bum!
My introduction to Mastodon came through hearing Leviathan last year. My girlfriend had just left the UK for a year to do research in Asia and I wanted to hear something heavier... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2007 by M. A. C. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nascent Genius
As with Lifesblood, when listening to Remission one can certainly hear the formidable musical heights that Mastodon wish to scale (and have subsequently conquered with sublime... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2007 by J. K. Barnett
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine debut
Following on from their debut EP Lifesblood Mastodon keep the quality high for their first full-length album Remission. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2005 by Jane Aland
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