- 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 (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,082,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 4 Aug 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
There is a lot to enjoy about Remission; from Brann Dailor's especially fast and complex drumming, to Bill and Brent's sludgy one minute, extreme the next guitar styles.
There are only two downsides on Remission, the first is that it is very brash, and on the faster songs the production and near constant snare drum rolls can become uncomfortable to the listener. The second is that the vocals are muddier, vaguer and lower in the mix than you may expect, a problem which Mastodon reversed on all their subsequent albums.
These minor flaws should not be too distracting, and won't really compromise your enjoyment of this otherwise fantastic album.
It would be easy to argue that Remission is Mastodon's heaviest album, and their least progressive, the majority of the material is very direct and harsh. `Trampled Underhoof,' and `Workhorse,' would fit perfectly in any extreme metal collection while still retaining the trademark Mastodon sound.
`Ole Nessie,' and excellent closer `Elephant Man,' are cleaner and provide some diversity, while still displaying the same inspired song writing and virtuosic musicianship that makes the album such a rewarding listen.
Songs like `Trilobite,' and `Trainwreck,' mix the two styles successfully and are perfect examples of what Mastodon do well. Slow hypnotic arpeggios in unusual tuning giving way to heavy Neurosis inspired choruses, with many interesting stops along the way.
Every fan of Mastodon should check out Remission, especially those from a more Metal than Prog background.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had the later Matsodom albums for a while, loved them all, this one is awesome, same brutality as other earlier stuff.
Best metal band around!!!!
Bought for nephew xmas present and he says it is 5 stars and was worth the wait.Published on 4 Jan. 2015 by Sharon
What a great album.
Listen to it.
Then listen again.
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 on 25 Jun. 2013 by Mrs. Wendy J. Wood
EPIC ALBUM!!! NICE AND HEAVY FROM MASTODON, BUT DIFFERENT TO THERE OTHER GRATE ALBUMS!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DECENT SPEAKERS!!!Published on 12 Feb. 2013 by liam
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 morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by Cubby Kovu
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
Mastodon have been my favourite band for many a year now and I cannot recommend this or any of their albums more. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2011 by A Brook