Mastodon
Blood Mountain


4.0
excellent

Review

by dude64 USER (6 Reviews)
December 30th, 2006 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A little blurb about one of the best albums of the soon-to-be-dead 2006. A fantastic 50 minute metal album. A buy, not a download.

Mastodon's Blood Mountain has been reviewed a million times, and all except Iluvatar's have praised it immensely. This is another one praising it. I'm not giving it a 6/5 as some people would, nor am I giving it a 5/5, or a 4.5, but a 4. 4 means excellent, and excellent is what this album is. The great lyrics, the pure metal sound, almost everything is great about this album. Now, it is time to begin my second review, a review of what may be one of the greatest metal albums of the decade, Mastodon's Blood Mountain.

Mastodon's previous album, known as Leviathan, was a good metal album, but it gets way too much praise. It's not a superb classic piece of heavy metal bliss as it is made out to be. It just isn't. However, it is a very good album, and it gets bonus points for being a concept album based on the book Moby Dick. Just look at the album cover. Anyway, as I was saying, Leviathan is O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D. Blood Mountain, which is a real mountain in Georgia, the state from which Mastodon came, gets the praise it deserves.

At the start, you get an idea of what the whole album will be like. A dark and complex feeling eats you up, with the magnifent drumming, the chilling vocals, which have improved since the last few albums by the band, then the bass and guitar. It's just pure heavy metal, possibly progressive metal. Some may consider it thrash.

There are many different moods to this album, unlike, say, a Linkin Park album, in which all the music is rather the same. Not saying that there are any peppy and happy songs on the album, but the whole album isn't just depressing or sad.

One of my favorite tracks is the opener, The Wolf Is Loose. From the beginning of the song with the collaboration of drumming by Brann Dailor, you know you're in for a treat. Another great track is the seventh song, Colony Of Birchmen, in which Queens of the Stone Age vocalist Josh Homme provides guest vocals, but even if Homme weren't providing vocals, this track would be about one percent worse.

Overall, Mastodon's Blood Mountain is a fantastic album, but it's not perfect. There are some flaws, like the fact that it seems as if it's over too soon. Sure, it's 68 minutes, but there's only about 48 minutes of actual music, because 18 minutes are blank, and then Josh Homme reads a letter to the band talking about how he likes them and stuff like that.

Well, it seems Iluvatar and I have opposite opinions on everything. He gave Yes's Tales From Topographic Oceans a 4, and I gave it a 2.5. He gave Blood Mountain a 2.5, and I gave it a 4. No matter, I loved this album. This is the Powerslave of Mastodon's discography. The magnum opus of this band. I wouldn't call it a modern-day Dark Side Of The Moon, but it's more like a modern-day...I don't know. It's hard to explain really. But who cares honestly? A great album with a few flaws that stop it from getting a higher rating than a 4.

Mastodon's Blood Mountain gets a:

4/5

NOTE: I know this was a short review, but it doesn't matter. Hope you enjoyed!



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Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wait, you think Leviathan is overrated? Hahahahhaaha.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2006


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

leviathan is overrated :/

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is overrated!

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

39 lines, my last review was 50 lines. I phailed.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Leviathan may be overrated but in no way does it come close to being as over-hyped as this.

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Opinions are like @$$-holes, and everybody has one.

I have a hundred thousand.

La Revolucion
December 30th 2006


1060 Comments


Leviathan is over-rated, as is Mastodon in general. On first listen I noticed some OK things on this, I'll give it another go eventually.

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It takes multiple listens to thoroughly enjoy it.

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

did I spell thoroughly right?

La Revolucion
December 30th 2006


1060 Comments


OK I'll listen to it again soon.This Message Edited On 12.30.06

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When I first listened, I would give it a 3.5, but now it's a 4.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 30th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

When I first listened, I would have given it a 4+. It lowered soon after I listened to it a few more times.

dude64
December 30th 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow. Opposite of me.

here comes the bird flu
December 31st 2006


22 Comments


I think Leviathan is a little more..not really creative, but obscure. Or at least that is the best way I can think of describing it. Although, I can sit through Blood Mountain a lot easier than I can Leviathan.

I give it a 4/5

Intransit
December 31st 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

good job having your intro paragraph longer than the rest of them

dude64
December 31st 2006


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Y THANK U

pff

thesystemisdown
June 16th 2007


414 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't like Blood Mountain that much when I first heard it was, it was way too spazzy and hard to keep track of. Seriously, just try imagining writing a review based on the first time you heard "Capillarian Crest." It would be impossible because your head would still be going, "Whaaaaaaaaaa?" Once I knew what to expect, I loved the CD.



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