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Old Fart's opinion,
This review is from: Blood Mountain [U.S. Version] (Audio CD)
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.
If you're not hung up about musical genres you'll probably find something to like here. It's committed. It's serious. It's playful. It's still making me grin and also it's becoming one of my favourite albums ever!
(I also love Opeth's "Ghost Reveries" - more single-minded and majestic, and The Fall's "Reformation TLC" - a punk band who were never a punk band after all)
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Initial post: 6 May 2008 16:59:39 BDT
I suppose I am an "old fart" as well because I'm a grandma who has similar tastes in music. If you get the chance look up Opeth, Porcupine tree, Dream theatre or Stone sour they're well worth the time.
Posted on 7 Jun 2008 18:24:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2008 19:10:09 BDT
Mr. T. Scouller says:
Dude, nice review. I am a young guy who is happening to be getting into old school prog at the mo. I realy like Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Gong, Captain Beefheart and many others and now I'm attempting King Crimson. You really need to hear Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire and Demise by Emperor. It's incredible. Also Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeturnum by Deathspell Omega, Ruun (or anything) by Enslaved, Catch-Thirtythree by Meshuggah, In the Absence of Truth by Isis and Ire Works by The Dillinger Escape Plan. These are all modern prog masterpieces, check them out if you like and enjoy.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2010 01:26:41 BDT
Phill Lister says:
Opeth I like a lot, PT and DT only in places. Will check out Stone Sour. Thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2010 01:29:02 BDT
Phill Lister says:
Cheers. And thanks for the suggestions! Already a fan of Meshuggah and TDEP, but not heard of the others. Thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2011 18:54:08 BDT
I'm surprised by the plug for The Dillinger Escape Plan as I saw them supporting back in 2000 and they were just about one of the worst bands I'd ever seen. They must have come a long way since then if what they are doing can be classified as a prog masterpiece since back then all they could do was make an awful noise with no discernable tune to it and slag off the band they were supporting (System of a Down). Mastodon on the other hand sound excellent!
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