Mastodon
Blood Mountain


4.5
superb

Review

by dominics USER (2 Reviews)
August 19th, 2010 | 22 replies | 6,151 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blood Mountain won't make history, but it will certainly change musical standards for those who listen hard enough.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Every so often there comes an album that is so well written, audiences cannot determine its fate. The album will either fall into one of two categories: either: A) the album will be remembered as one that changed music, and that commercially, it was accepted by the public to be further installed into a generations culture; or B) the album will be considered excellent, yet it won’t have any lasting archaic factors that can keep it alive for the years to come. However, there is the occasional album that falls in between these two categories, an album that cannot be so conveniently sorted. When an album like this comes up, not only does it drive me mad, but it keeps me awake at night; to the point where I must decide as to whether or not the album ranks amongst my favorites.

Blood Mountain, Mastodon’s (a Georgian quartet from Atlanta) fourth LP, is an album that falls into this exact category. It has taken me several years to decide exactly just how good it is. Yet, only up until now, have I realized that it doesn’t need to pick a side. That, because this record is so phenomenal in every way, that it doesn’t deserve the murky waters it swims in. Blood Mountain, is one of the best modern metal albums to date. Period.

Mastodon has already released two critically acclaimed albums and both have rendered new feats for metal. In other words, each of their previous albums have embraced a side to metal that not many bands have before. For example, when Leviathan came out, songs like Megladon embraced bluesy riffs. The song embarks through eerie jazz progressions to straight up rockabilly (which starts at 1:19 to be exact). This is what Mastodon are known for. They try to keep their sound mixed up, to the point where one can’t really argue as to what genre of music Mastodon really promote the most. All Mastodon's audience can determine is that they hold one of the most original sounds in today’s world of music.

Blood Mountain follows quite the freakish of stories. As with most concept albums, it is hard to convey a message, ideal, or story that fits properly with the music being played. Mountain follows the story of a character in search of the “Crystal Skull,” atop “Blood Mountain.” The character travels through some of the strangest terrain I’ve ever read about. He battles some peculiar beasts, all in search of this “Skull.” Reading this, one wonders how a band can properly tell this story whilst keeping true to their music. Luckily there is no need to fear because Mastodon have written Blood Mountain to the utmost perfection. Every song captures the feel or imagery that they want their audience to see or hear. As the songs pummel through, they soar high. They destroy all the boundaries shown in their previous work, whilst staying true to the original Mastodon sound. A sound that to this day has not been properly replicated or reproduced. Take the song Siberian Divide for example.

The song sets itself up as a gloomy one, but quickly catches you off guard and throws you to the dogs. It literally feels like you have been hit with a ton of bricks. It's the tiny instances like this, that Mastodon show us that even though their record is grand in scale and depth, there are still those tiny moments that make it that much better. Another small transition in style is shown through the psychedelic “Sleeping Giant.” A song that takes structure from bands like Pink Floyd and changes it to fit in today's modern music. “Bladecatcher” is a prime example in which Mastodon's quirkiness works. It starts sounding like a happy spring time riff, only its not. It’s a precursor to the monster that is Bladecatcher. The odd radio sounding singing only makes the progression of scales and riffs sound even better. It’s a song that few bands can write, and Mastodon are one of them because they have fun with it. Mastodon know how to produce some of the most inventive music out there specifically because they know what makes people think “what the ***?!” That’s the beauty of a band like Mastodon. They can write songs that make one question their own musical compass or whether or not what they listen to really defines them. This is partially why it took me so long to decide whether Blood Mountain is an all time favorite.

Mastodon seem like pretty down-to-earth guys. They love the music they make and have never gone about writing to please fans. They write and play to please themselves. I should bring up that there was a big fear their sound would change. This came about since their switch from an independent record label to a major one. I would like to think this fear has since vanished. Blood Mountain won’t be remembered forever, and it certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but that’s not the message that music preaches. Music is a representation of self, what we listen to defines us. Blood Mountain won’t make history, but it will certainly change musical standards for those who listen hard enough.


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SpottedTrout
August 18th 2010



545 Comments


Holy shit. this really needed an 18th review. thanks so much, you really wrote something that the
others didn't include.

cinaedus
August 18th 2010



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES A MASTODON GUITAR SOLO

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Terrifyer
August 18th 2010



3403 Comments


album sucks

eternium
August 18th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A little bit too praising, but good nonetheless. Really didn't need the review though.

dominics
August 18th 2010



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha yes i will agree. however this is honestly my first review. so i thought i would start with an album that not too many would read up on because so many people have reviewed it.

porch
August 19th 2010



8442 Comments


Well it would make more sense to review something that hasn't been reviewed yet

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2010



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really can' stand this band/album.

XulOnerom
August 19th 2010



1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

UN SOLO DE LA GUITARRA DEL MASTODONTE!!!!

renegadestrings
August 19th 2010



1435 Comments


you forgot "SIIII"

and i can't get into this album at all, and i really like Mastodon. i even thought Remission was easier to listen to

HenchmanOfSanta
August 19th 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mastodon are a quartet, not a quintet.

BigHans
August 19th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YES A MASTODON GUITAR SOLO
[1,987]

NeutralThunder12
August 19th 2010



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES A MASTODON GUITAR SOLO
[1,987]

lollllllll

TheSpirit
August 19th 2010



17132 Comments


Holy shit. this really needed an 18th review. thanks so much, you really wrote something that the others didn't include.




If you didn't want to see another review for this, you could of easily just not pressed the link to this page.

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kingjulian
August 19th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This band/album is sooooo crazy overrated. They're not anywhere near as grounbreaking and original as people think they are. Still, really solid first review. Don't worry, everybody happens to write their first on an album that already has a ton and everyone gets all mad at them. It's the baptism.

kingjulian
August 19th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This band/album is sooooo crazy overrated. They're not anywhere near as groundbreaking and original as people think they are. Still, really solid first review. Don't worry, everybody happens to write their first on an album that already has a ton and everyone gets all mad at them. It's the baptism.

kingjulian
August 19th 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sorry for the double post; computer's on the fritz : /

Slimjim367
August 19th 2010



512 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why does this constantly get good reviews?

Slimjim367
August 19th 2010



512 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why does this constantly get good reviews?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2010



30865 Comments


If you didn't want to see another review for this, you could of easily just not pressed the link to this page.


This
Don't like it, don't read it

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scissorlocked
August 19th 2010



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sorry but this slays

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