Mastodon
Once More 'Round the Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by SarcasticMetalhead USER (3 Reviews)
June 17th, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 06/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wonderful in the most unfamiliar ways.

Before I start, I'd like to get two things out of the way. First, I'm a huge fan of Mastodon's work, and would generally regard their sophomore album "Leviathan" as one of the defining metal albums of the century. Second, this album is nothing like anything Mastodon has released before, and therefore comparing them has no point. To truly form an opinion about this album, it's necessary to view it as an individual effort rather than expecting something similar to Mastodon's earlier work. Their sound has evolved, and while some might long for the sludge-inspired days of the early 2000s, this album is the clear next step in Mastodon's evolution into a more progressive, hard rock-ish band.

But, is that necessarily a bad thing? Absolutely not. In fact, for what it is, this is a fantastic album. If you actually take a moment and look at it as a hard rock album, nothing more and nothing less, instead of dwelling in the past and expecting "Leviathan Part 2," you'll almost certainly find it to be a wonderful listen. "The Motherload," the second song on the album, has possibly the catchiest chorus of any Mastodon song thus far, and proves to be an incredibly enjoyable hard rock experience reminiscent of early Ozzy Osbourne.

Other recommended songs include "Tread Lightly," the titular track, and the wonderfully unique "Aunt Lisa,"an ode to drummer Brann Dailor's "wild" aunt. However, with that being said, there's not a single "bad" song on the album, and every song feels necessary in its own way.

The only legitimate fault I can find with this album would be the lyrics. While not alarmingly poor, they lack a common theme, and can seem somewhat out of place on a Mastodon record. The lyrics are more comparable to your average classic or arena rock music than one would expect, though they match the band's new sound quite well, and are therefore passable at the very least.

When a band switches up their style, it's usually cause for alarm among fans, and this is no exception. Yet, this time, it actually works. Sure, OMRTS is nothing like any of Mastodon's earlier work, but it doesn't strive to be. It knows it's just as good, but in a completely distinct way.

This is a hard rock album, plain and simple. And a damn good one at that.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
HarryBoBerry
June 17th 2014


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short and sweet, me gusta.

These guys have kept my attention for 10 years. IMO one of the best bands of the 21st century.

Willie
Moderator
June 17th 2014


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

has this been released anywhere?

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 17th 2014


13453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

http://www.theprp.com/2014/06/16/news/mastodon-streaming-entire-new-album-once-more-round-the-sun/

Killerhit
June 17th 2014


5381 Comments


willie never change your avatar

Mythodea
June 17th 2014


1504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

''CaptainDooRight :FOR THE LOVE OF MEATBALLS AND CHEESESTEAK CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE LYRICS AND THE CONCEPT OF THE ALBUM. DO I HAVE TO START REVIEWING AGAIN!!!!''

4 reviews in almost a day. And none of them is going to satisfy him. He's gon be mad.


Killerhit
June 17th 2014


5381 Comments


seriously what the fuck are you talking about

Mythodea
June 17th 2014


1504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After the third review came out, user CaptainDooRight wrote this comment under it. I paste it here because of his (and mine) disappointment, as nobody talks about the concept and lyrics. Clear now? Why the harsh tone anyway?

SarcasticMetalhead
June 17th 2014


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No one is mentioning much about the lyrics or concept because this is not a concept album (unlike older Mastodon albums)
and the lyrics aren't particularly noteworthy this time around. I personally didn't feel the need to mention things that didn't
deserve mentioning.

ti0n
June 17th 2014


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait what? i think this album is lyrically one of their best

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Uranium
June 17th 2014


7288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that album title lol

IronGiant
June 17th 2014


935 Comments


review needs work... talk about the album's sound and what makes A not like B or vice versa. i have taken away nothing of value from this write up other than "not to expect Leviathan part 2"

Mythodea
June 17th 2014


1504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know it's not a concept album, though Mastodon themselves said some things about the lyrical theme of death and dying. Aunt Lisa was one of the member's aunt. I don't know, I was intrigued to learn about the lyrics (they are not very audible for me to study them on my own) and I saw I wasn't the one being interested in them.Thus the matter...

SarcasticMetalhead
June 17th 2014


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for all the feedback for my first review, guys! I know it's not perfect and I'm happy to receive any constructive criticism.

TalonsOfFire
June 17th 2014


9636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like short reviews, but this doesn't really go into detail about the music at all and you spend way too much time talking about Leviathan. You make some good points and I agree with most of what you're saying though. Try using this page that was recently suggested to me, it might help:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=577035&highlight=proofread

emester
June 17th 2014


4376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

for a first review this really isn't that bad. Its a bit bare bones but you still manage to convey your opinion. Im not going to pos or neg but you can only improve from here.

anyways, I enjoyed this quite a bit. some tracks are plain boring and Aunt Lisa just derails at the tail end, but other than those gripes, this really is a solid effort from Mastodon.

Digging: Skelator - King of Fear

SarcasticMetalhead
June 17th 2014


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edited a couple of things that seemed out of place and added a paragraph about the lyrics. Please continue to leave any feedback you please, it's all incredibly helpful.



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