Mastodon
Remission


4.0
excellent

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
December 14th, 2009 | 35 replies | 3,340 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mastodon's debut combines sludgey-metal riffs and technical instrumental work to create an excellent album.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

A wise man (Thomas Erak) once asked, what sound does a Mastodon make? Well if we’re to go by debut full-length Remission, the answer is an awesome sound. In recent months Mastodon has become one of the leading bands in “progressive/stoner” metal. But before all that awfulness came to be, they were once a very enjoyable metal band, combining technical instrumental work, a thick sludge-like atmosphere and brutal vocals to create some of the most interesting heavy music of the past decade.

Whilst many argue Leviathan or Blood Mountain as the group’s best work, it’s necessary for people to hear the beginnings of Mastodon. For those familiar with newer Mastodon albums, you may be somewhat shocked to find that Remission contains no clean-vocals. The album also rarely slows down into overtly wanky guitar passages. Instead Remission favours a fast-paced crushing style that is unrelenting and brutal yet at times melodic and accessible.

Opening with Crusher Destroyer, the band sets the stage for what is to be an incredibly heavy journey. For those at all familiar with Mastodon the manner in which they create music hasn’t changed all that much, even in the beginning the band focused on technical music, Brann Dailor being the most technically impressive of the group demonstrating a level of drumming prowess not often seen in any genre of music. Guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher provide an assortment of enjoyable riffs, focusing more on creating riffs that sound good in place of riffs that are super-technical, whilst bassist Troy Sanders creates a murky heart-beat at the depths of the album to keep the dank atmosphere at its fullest.

Beyond the well done instrumental performances, the band demonstrates a solid level of song writing ability. The riffs and fills throughout the albums flow well together, keeping a nice balance with all the members contributing to the overall sound of each track. Notably the band’s placement of their more technically impressive elements is a nice touch. With the appropriate drum fill occurring at the right time so as to not overshadow the other member’s performances. Production wise the album is stellar, the drums sound heavy and distinct, the guitars are both polished and grimy, switching between the two as necessary, similarly the bass maintains its position at the bottom of the mix dragging the listener into a tar pit of sound.

Remission isn’t the magnum opus of Mastodon’s career, and it can at times feel a tad repetitive. But the band makes it work and the song writing found here is as good as any they’ve ever put forth. Remission is the heaviest album Mastodon has made and it’s heaviness may make it abrasive to the un-prepared listener, but for those attempting to cross over into the realms of sludgy metal there’s not a better starting place I can think of. Remission really is that damn good.



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Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review Taylor. This is such a great album, March of the Fire Ants destroys. What do you think of Leviathan?

Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mine is Leviathan>Remission>Crack the Skye>Blood Mountain

Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocals are too weak on Blood Mountain and there aren't enough good songs. I barely listen to it anymore.

Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeh, i like their vocals (not live though, uurgh), but Brann is always the focals point, and he slays on Crack the Skye

Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i thought that initially, but the riffs grew on me. Still, it doesn't touch this or Leviathan.

AtavanHalen
December 14th 2009



17927 Comments


I wouldn't have used "excellent album" twice in the summary, but good work :D

HenchmanOfSanta
December 14th 2009



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where Strides the Behemoth ftw.

XulOnerom
December 14th 2009



1818 Comments


Great review. Been wanting to check this out for so long

XulOnerom
December 14th 2009



1818 Comments


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Relinquished
December 14th 2009



24472 Comments


rofl

bloc
December 14th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haha, i remember that! it's awesome.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Mordecai.
December 14th 2009



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its more effected on youtube with the song

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 14th 2009



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, that's fuckin' awesome, I know some of us have been there before. Killing the boyfriend is the best option. Yeah, I love
Remission a lot, but Leviathan is the masterpiece. "Mother Puncher" is one hell of a damn song.

HenchmanOfSanta
December 23rd 2009



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool troll negs bro

Relinquished
December 26th 2009



24472 Comments


Trilobite rules

TRMshadow
December 26th 2009



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

F**king epic comic. awesome album too. had this rated a 3 but I listened to this again lately and rediscovered its awesomeness.

bloc
December 27th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The man of elephants rules

TRMshadow
January 2nd 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That Seems to happen a lot. Same thing happened with me.

TRMshadow
January 2nd 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Music tastes and focuses change with time, that's all there is to it. I had this at a 3 two weeks ago; glad I gave it another chance.

TRMshadow
January 2nd 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still sad that he died and all...



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