Mastodon   Emperor of Sand
4.0
excellent
Release Date: 2017
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0.0 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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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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0.0 i like doggies | January 27th 17

#MakeProgGreatAgain

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4.5 superbExhaleTheLight | 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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0.0 Victor Silveira | March 22nd 17

Show Yourself is such a fun track shut the fuck up

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4.5 superbDrummerboy123 | 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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0.0 zaruyache | March 20th 17

"horrified beachgoers vomit profusely" is the name of my throwback surf rock crust band.

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5.0 classicPatientlyDead | 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 superbSlappingPythagoras | 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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0.0 Jasdevi087 | January 26th 17

"Sultan's Curse is told from the perspective of a mastodon. This album will be great."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dME_OJBFgjs&ab_channel=TheAmbitiousOutsiderFrank


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3.5 greatFloatHereForever | 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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4.0 excellentJames 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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4.5 superbSteveadave | 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 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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4.0 excellentJared 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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0.0 user | March 23rd 17

Modern rap at its absolute peak.

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4.0 excellentBrushedRed | 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 excellentNomos | 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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0.0 Gay School Shooter Big Bang Theory Character | January 27th 17

prog was never great nor will this shit band even make it passable

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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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0.0 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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4.0 excellentkzy | March 26th 17

this is it!!! this is it!!! The Hunter 2.0. imminent

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4.5 superbnewtonty | March 25th 17

It's like the perfect marriage between classic and new Mastodon! I was really surprised.

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4.5 superbDurries 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.

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4.5 superbGanoncannon | March 23rd 17

Looks like I've already found my favourite album of the year

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4.5 superbanesthetize11 | March 22nd 17

I'm amazed how much i like it. I didn't realize they were able to make such a great record.

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4.5 superbJerryyz | 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.

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3.7 greatBen 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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0.0 Uncle Vvornth | March 19th 17

Rly bad cover art.

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