Mastodon
Leviathan


5.0
classic

Review

by Apathy USER (11 Reviews)
September 11th, 2005 | 24 replies | 5,108 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Mastodon-Leviathan

Mastodon is a stoner/prog metal band who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. The four members met and formed at a High on Fire concert. They are among my favourite bands, on the ranks with Metallica, Chimaira, Nevermore, and Megadeth. They are made up of:

Troy Sanders- Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bill Kelliher- Guitar
Brent Hinds- Guitar
Brann Dailor- Drums

I use the track-by-track format, and then move on to pros and cons, and finish with my final opinion. This is a concept album of sorts, basing itself somewhat around Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick. Anyways, on to the review:

1. Blood and Thunder: A slightly distorted and catchy hook opens this track for about five seconds until that same hook is transformed into a heavily distorted metal monster of a song. I really enjoy Troy’s vocals in this track, as they do not front the band so much as back it up. About halfway through, Bill plays an excellent lead riff to introduce the climax of the song. Great opener, great track. Gives you a good feel for the album. 5/5

2. I Am Ahab: A riff that reminds me of the first track kicks this one off. This song is probably the first and only somewhat weak spot of this album. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of his voice in this number, either. I enjoyed the lightly distorted, arpeggiated bridge the most out of the song. Although this is the weakest song on here, I’m not complaining. 3.5/5

3. Seabeast: Wow. This is very likely my favourite track on this album, if not Aqua Dementia. It starts off with a dissonant riff that makes you feel like a jellyfish floating along in the sea. Then it goes into a heavier, more simplistic riff with a clean vocal harmony backing it up. Unfortunately, even when Troy sings cleanly, you still cannot tell what he says. After repeating this once, it launches into a heavy part where Troy’s voice sounds very much like a whale would if whales could sing metal. Overall, I give this song a 5/5.

4. Island: A fast, crushing riff opens Island, and the song never gets lighter or looks back after the start. This song is in the vein of more simplistic extreme metal, as it uses low-string tritones and other uncanny-sounding chords. After this, a more complex riff is introduced, and the song takes a turn for the better. This song, however great it is, would belong more on Remission, as it is not very complicated. 4/5

5. Iron Tusk. Ahhhh, yes. The single. This song’s opening riff is very simple, and is performed in what Mastodon call “drop A". When the riff has been played about 5 times, Bill comes in and harmonizes it in straight thirds. The vocals sound completely random in this song to me, and, once again, his voice sounds “mastodonian". The end of this song gets incredibly dissonant, what with the high-string tritones. Heavy, unrelenting song. 4.5/5

6. Megalodon: This song’s intro is incredible. It is another dissonant riff that makes you feel like a jellyfish floating in the sea. Then Troy comes in, and begins to sing/yell in the most peculiar fashion he can. For some reason, the vocals remind me of “jazz" even though I don’t know what jazz vocals sound like. Then, a nice country lick, courtesy of Brent is played, and takes the song in a different, heavier direction. This song irks me for some reason, so I will give it 4/5.

7. Naked Burn: A nice high string, chugging introduction opens this track. There is too much clean singing in this track for my taste, which gives it more of a nu-metal flavour. The chorus has a nice melodic feel to it, as does the track. This track is more of a sad-sounding ballad than anything else, and if that is what it is intended to be, it serves its purpose well. 3.5/5

8. Aqua Dementia: Every time I listen to this album, I look forward to reaching this track. Some really wicked licks open it, and they are counterparted by some jazzy fills on Brann’s drum kit. This song, though, would not be half what it is without the guest singer, Neurosis’ Scott Kelly. He contributes some high-pitched shrieks, and Troy follows them with his unique yell. When the song slows down and someone (not sure which singer) says “and God will watch it burn, releasing souls," the song is worthy of being called a masterpiece. My review cannot do it justice. An easy 5/5.

9. Hearts Alive: A nice mellow beginning in this song. It fades in with nice, relaxing sea sounds, then some lightly distorted chords. After about two to two and a half minutes of this, it launches into a heavy riff over which Troy yells, as usual. This same formula is followed for about seven minutes, and then a new riff comes in and Bill begins his solo. What a solo it is, too! It is close to four minutes, and is a great and sad-sounding way to close this song off, after twelve minutes. The epic of the album, this gets 4.5/5.

10. Joseph Merrick: This song is incredibly odd. All clean, with lots of organ and jazzy drumming. There isn’t much else to say about this song, though, so I’ll give it 3.5/5.

Overall, I love this album. I highly suggest you buy it, right now. It is for everybody, and is completely worth all twenty dollars.

Pros:
+Good guitar sound
+Not a bad song on here
+Great drumming
+Good bass work
+Good cover art

Cons
-Sometimes, Troy’s voice
-…..

Content Rating: G. There is no profanity or violence on this album.
5/5



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Storm In A Teacup
September 11th 2005



12687 Comments


Holy cow!
This reveiw is so much better than your first and has so much more detail. Great job!

evilmenhavenosongs
September 11th 2005



31 Comments


I've heard Blood And Thunder which made me want to get the rest of the album, I haven't got round to it yet. I find the concept of an album revolving around Moby Dick pretty interesting and also awesome.

Joeseph Merrick sounds like an interesting song as well. Wasn't The Elephant Man called that?

Good review as well.

Toaster
September 11th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome improvement from your last review, although your first one had me rolling on the floor. Good description of Megalodon, too.

Also, Joseph Merrick was a famous sideshow "freak". He was indeed called the Elephant Man because of his Proteus Syndrome, which cause masses of flesh to grow on the face and body.

Shadows
Moderator
September 11th 2005



2530 Comments


Good review. You're already progresing nicely.

I've heard rave reviews about these guys but I'm not too familair with their music. I heard March of the Fire Ants a while back but didn't like it too much. What the hell, I'll give this a try.

Thor
September 11th 2005



10169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a good review, but this album isn't a classic. A 4 star rating would be better. I think that Mastodon has a good future ahead of them.

Apathy
September 11th 2005



645 Comments


I heard March of the Fire Ants a while back but didn't like it too much.
March of the Fire Ants is not like this album, as this album, for the most part, is more complex, better sounding (production) and slightly less heavy. I highly suggest you pick this one up.

Apathy
September 11th 2005



645 Comments


Feedback? Anyone?

any14doomsday
September 12th 2005



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i give this album a 5 defiinatly I would concider it a classic most def one of the best albums to come out in a while.

Toaster
October 12th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Content rating.. that's a pretty terrible idea, if you don't mind me saying. In case you want to buy it for your children?

Apathy
October 15th 2005



645 Comments


:upset: You made me unhappy. It's a good idea.





Don't tell Constant this, but I got it from him. :evil:

masada
October 15th 2005



2733 Comments


And he probably stole it from Clumpy.

Dried Muffin Remnants
October 16th 2005



297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys sound like something awesome and right up my alley...but are his vocals really bad or are they ever good?

Toaster
October 16th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=In Chains 36]These guys sound like something awesome and right up my alley...but are his vocals really bad or are they ever good? [/quote]

It's subjective, really. He doesn't have the standard scream or growl of any other popular modern metal band, but if you listen to Isis, you should get a pretty good idea of what you're in for. He does have a good voice when he sings.. it is an acquired taste though.


Apathy
October 16th 2005



645 Comments


Isis' singer is way more "screamy" than Troy. Troy yells.
This Message Edited On 10.16.05

masada
October 16th 2005



2733 Comments


"Blood and Thunder"'s video scares me.

Apathy
October 16th 2005



645 Comments


What is it? I've never seen it.



*Fires up LimeWire*

masada
October 16th 2005



2733 Comments


There are (eviiilllll) clowns. =cO

Apathy
October 16th 2005



645 Comments


Clowns scare me!


Please vote for or agianst this review depending on your opinion.

I'm Charming
October 16th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

D00d, your spamming your own GREAT review of a great album. Quit it.
Asking people to vote against or for this review based on wether they are scared by clowns is idiocy.

Anyway. Great album. Great review.

Neoteric
October 16th 2005



3243 Comments


You made me unhappy. It's a good idea.





Don't tell Constant this, but I got it from him.

I did that on one review.



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