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|4.0 excellent||Tunaboy45 | January 26th 17|
Sludgy, Proggy, intense and one hell of a ride. I'm not surprised that Emperor is
becoming more popular; their discography is too damn awesome to not be recognized
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|0.0 ||EasterInTheBatcave | February 3rd 17|
Album cover should have been Brent Hinds stomping on a sandcastle while horrified beachgoers vomit profusely
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|4.5 superb||Victor Silveira | March 22nd 17|
Show Yourself is such a fun track shut the fuck up
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|0.0 ||Trevor Schneider | January 26th 17|
Sultan's Curse is told from the perspective of a mastodon. This album will be great.
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|4.5 superb||Drummerboy123 | March 18th 17|
If "Show Yourself" wasn't on the album then this would be a serious contender for Mastodon's best album.
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|4.5 superb||ExhaleTheLight | March 19th 17|
I don't think Mastodon could've recreated the magic they had on Crack The Skye ever again in their musical careers. This album proved me wrong and it blows the last two albums off the wall. Every idea works here and each member steps up their game to craft a really fantastic album. Jaguar God is easily the best song and it's like The Last Baron pt. 2
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|5.0 classic||EvilEyez | April 3rd 17|
The Massdon excel selves on new album on man in dessert forced to survive on diet of the own
bum flake and cactus water. I would die in the circumstanding for real. Pump the riff fist m/
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|0.0 ||zaruyache | March 20th 17|
"horrified beachgoers vomit profusely" is the name of my throwback surf rock crust band.
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|4.4 superb||SowingSeason STAFF | March 31st 17|
So this is what happens when I pause Bon Iver.
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|4.0 excellent||Jared Floryan | March 24th 17|
Reapers float above four travellers as they trudge through a barren dimension. The quartet eventually look up at the sky to find death personified, and in doing so give the figures a copy of their latest studio album. 51 minutes and a trip to Elmyr later, the skeletal ones are pleased to the point of exclaiming "ĦUN SOLO DE LA GUITARRA DEL MASTODONTE!" *ahem* In any case, Georgia, Atlanta metal unit Mastodon's seventh full-length record Emperor of Sand is basically a mishmash of sounds they've been pulling off since 2011's The Hunter, although there are definitely moments on here which hearken back to Blood Mountain of all releases within the band's catalog. Though not by a lot, the album is an improvement over Mastodon's past two offerings - affairs that were already cool as is in their own manner. Both the songwriting and instrumentals are strong enough to justify repeated listens, while even the production gets a boost in personality thanks to Brendan O'Brien's presence. Emperor of Sand ain't flawless by any stretch, given that the vocals continue to be a mixed bag quality-wise (and "Show Yourself" has no place on the tracklist), yet this album's pros clearly outweigh the negatives in the end. Angel recommends: "Steambreather," "Roots Remain," "Ancient Kingdom," ""Andromeda," and "Jaguar God".
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|5.0 classic||PatientlyDead | March 21st 17|
This was an instant classic for me. Definitely their best album since Crack The Skye. Probably their best album period. Fantastic riffs, fantastic structures, beautiful tones. I'm convinced the singles that were released are actually the weaker songs on this album.
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|4.5 superb||SlappingPythagoras | March 20th 17|
where the fuck did they pull this from? Other than the pretty weak 'Show Yourself', this is classic Crack The Skye-esque Mastodon. However this time they've managed to combine the not-so-subtle cheesy D&D/fantasy vibes from their last album or two with some music that isn't total shit.
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|3.5 great||FloatHereForever | March 22nd 17|
"If Leviathan and CTS had a baby. With nonstandard song structures. And it's their most technical and catchy to
date. How did they pull this off?!"
No way. There is MAYBE a small amount of blood mountain on this record, but the rest is a mishmash of the last 3
albums they've been putting out. Too polished and tame to be compared tp a leviathan, not enough
experimentation and psychedelics to be like blood mountain or CTS. Most of the solos and non chorus moments
are great, but almost each song the seemingly forced a slow, huge, melodic chorus that grinds the songs to a
halt. Songs like tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 are guilty of this. I will say it is better than their last 2 efforts but thats not saying
a ton. Still, some of it I can dig. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised when these dudes are in their mid 40s.
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|4.5 superb||Steveadave | March 19th 17|
Mastodon is the king of catchy choruses in metal. Show Yourself is a decent song, but it's still an outlier on an otherwise fantastic album.
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|0.0 ||user | March 23rd 17|
Modern rap at its absolute peak.
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|4.0 excellent||BrushedRed | March 22nd 17|
Going from "Show Yourself" to this full album is quite the biggest surprise I've had in a while. I was not particularly fond of that song (I actually hated it) and had low expectations for this album, especially since I haven't cared for an album by Mastodon since Crack the Skye, but this really caught me off guard. Each track here is awesome and filled with exciting guitar riffs and explosions of sound. "Roots Remain," "Clandestiny," and "Jaguar God" are among some of their best in their entire discography. Really every track rules except for "Show Yourself." It doesn't fit in this album and I have no idea why they felt they should include it. It would be nearly perfect if it weren't for that misstep.
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|4.0 excellent||Nomos | March 22nd 17|
If Leviathan-era riffs and CTS-quality-songwriting had a baby. With nonstandard song structures.
And it's their most technical and catchy to date. How did they pull this off?!
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|4.0 excellent||James Grant | March 22nd 17|
Mastodon return with their first fully accomplished work since Crack the Skye. Cutting down on the unnecessary filler that plagued their more previous works, Mastodon manage to pull through with a mature, cohesive record that most probably never saw coming.
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|3.6 great||Ben Kuettel STAFF | March 20th 17|
Emperor of Sand signifies more excellent, mind-bending metal from prog giants Mastodon. There's not a whole lot that's new to be said for the band in 2017, as they continue down the path that really began with The Hunter. Some moments hearken to Crack the Skye and Blood Mountain, but this is mostly a further excursion into what they've been doing in a more classic metal sounding approach.
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|4.0 excellent||BlazinBlitzer | January 27th 17|
Cover art Review (because music doesn't matter):rAm I the only one who doesn't care for the artwork? Mastodon has made amazing artworks, but this feels like such a step down.
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|4.5 superb||gib91688 | April 2nd 17|
Definitely a grower. It's pretty fucking good, man.
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|4.0 excellent||Biggtriksta | March 31st 17|
Pretty run-of-the-mill Mastodon. Fortunately, their sound and style are so solid that it's almost hard for them to make a bad album. This falls slightly higher than Once More 'Round The Sun and the Hunter, but it's going to be hard for them to ever top Crack the Skye.
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|4.5 superb||Brett Wodon | March 26th 17|
"Sultan's Curse is told from the perspective of a mastodon. This album will be great."rAm I really a meme?
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|4.5 superb||newtonty | March 25th 17|
It's like the perfect marriage between classic and new Mastodon! I was really surprised.
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|0.0 ||Devy, The Mayo Man | January 27th 17|
I hope they break the course that they've been taking with their last two albums and go back to their roots. From Sultan's Curse, I'll allow my hopes to be raised slightly.
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|3.5 great||cjbizzlebizzle | April 27th 17|
Mastodon have taken both a step forward and one backward with Emperor of Sand. Forward with their ever evolving sound and it is true: it is as mainstream as ever. Backwards in the fact that they have blended in more sounds from their impressive past into the new approach, specifically elements from Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye. For the Mastodon veteran it may take some time to warm up to but in the end Mastodon have made an album that can be approached by any music fan and appreciated by those who have followed the band since their debut. Mastodon have taken a place at the top of the metal game but they refuse to sacrifice the quality and strength of songwriting despite their sound going through a major sea change since Leviathan and Remission. Roots Remain and Jaguar God are excellent.
|4.5 superb||BRAman22 | April 22nd 17|
Emperor of Sand is by far Mastodon's most varied release to date, borrowing heavily from the sounds of each of their previous albums, with perhaps the exception of Remission. While all of the songs are very good, standouts are Word to the Wise for its catchy and emotional sounding chorus, the Leviathan-esque Scorpion Breath and epic closer Jaguar God. Containing Mastodon's trademarked riffs and catchy choruses means that this will likely only become better with more listens.
|3.0 good||harddrughartman | April 14th 17|
i'll just be sitting here patiently waiting for Leviathan 2. that's all i have to say.
|4.0 excellent||Mythodea | April 8th 17|
Why it's Good: Mastodon trace the best characteristics of each album (except of, maybe, Remission)
and blend them all together. Combined with a great theme, inspired by life's bitter taste, the
music actually manages to touch a sensitive chord, without sacrificing one bit of modern Mastodon
Where it lacks: apart from awkward track order and the unusual abrupt ending of a number of songs,
this really has nothing to envy from past Mastodon albums. And while some may have a problem with
the lyrics, I find them to be on the same level as before: you loved them on previous offenigs?
you'll love them again this time.
|4.0 excellent||Britch2tiger | April 8th 17|
Aside form track 2, this is a pretty solid record. Especially the second half of this album - wow! Still, this ranks as my 3rd favorite Mastodon record as of now.
|3.3 great||Trey Spencer STAFF | April 4th 17|
These guys are good, but I've never been able to get into them like some people do. That being said, this release is probably my favorite from them.
|4.0 excellent||Ikarus14 | April 4th 17|
Takes a few listens to truly appreciate its strengths but it's well worth it. There's a bit of everything from their whole career here and it sounds very refined and tight.
|4.5 superb||I give too many 4's. | April 3rd 17|
There are so many good riffs off this damn album, but that's not what really steals the show. It's Brett's ability to shred with such fiery passion alongside some of the best drum patterns Mastodon's ever shown that makes this incredible. Only qualm is occasionally the vocals get TO softened for my taste but otherwise this is stellar.
|3.5 great||Pistol Pete | April 3rd 17|
A very solid return to form from the lackluster album they came out with in 2014. However, it fails to match their landmark record Leviathan in terms of sheer fury and power while also not surpassing The Hunter in terms of their newer more mainstream approach as both those albums did what this does better. Recommended Songs: Show Yourself, Steambreather, Scorpion's Breath
|4.0 excellent||UncleJimp | April 2nd 17|
I feel like this is more of a spiritual successor to Crack the Skye than a direct successor to Once
More Round the Sun. That being said, I believe that Crack the Skye is a modern classic, so that's a
good thing. I don't think that any Mastodon Lyrics will be able to top "Spiraling up through the
crack in the Sky // Leaving material world behind // I see your face in constellations // the martyr
is ending his life for mine" from "The Czar", but EoS is definitely a lyrically strong album. The
instrumentals are just magical. Probably the best Mastodon Album behind Crack the Skye and
|2.5 average||ProgCoffee | April 2nd 17|
Mastodon try to combine the pop sensibilities of their last two records with the progressive heaviness that made "Crack the Skye" and "Blood Mountain" so enjoyable, but in doing so sacrifice elements that made both those directions unique and entertaining. However, tracks like "Word to the Wise" and "Ancient Kingdom" succeed with this new direction with aplomb, so at least do yourself a favor and check those out.
|3.5 great||Lythelus | March 31st 17|
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|4.5 superb||Fromrows | March 28th 17|
By far best album since crack the skye. Mastodon back on top form!
|4.0 excellent||kzy | March 26th 17|
this is it!!! this is it!!! The Hunter 2.0. imminent
|4.5 superb||Durries for days | March 24th 17|
After the seemingly half-baked Round the Sun, Mastodon put out a cohesive collection of songs that fully explore the
sound they have been moving towards since The Hunter.
What we get here is what Round the Sun should have been but never got the chance to be. A collection of dense songs
that go into all sorts of style whilst still retaining the strong songwriting they showcased on The Hunter. Nothing here is
straightforward or simple as that album, though.
Mastodon have also brought back two things in a big way:
1) Brent's solos are bigger and more shreddy than ever; he plays like we haven't heard him play before.
2) the trippy interludes found in on CTS and tacked onto round the sky also make a return.
There are a few things that fall into the realm of 'Things we have heard mastodon play before but its okay because they are
fantastic at it'
There is going to be a section of the last song that people will likely enjoy, the band go full Leviathan on us for a shining
moment and it is truly glorious.
|4.5 superb||Ganoncannon | March 23rd 17|
Looks like I've already found my favourite album of the year
|4.5 superb||anesthetize11 | March 22nd 17|
I'm amazed how much i like it. I didn't realize they were able to make such a great record.
|4.5 superb||Jerryyz | March 22nd 17|
Emperor of Sand perfected the sound they established on their last two albums. The album really
surprised me positively with top notch riffing and songwriting. Only real downside to this album
is the second track Show Yourself, but even it is fine.
|3.5 great||EJinHD | April 19th 17|
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