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this is a classic album that should belong in any metal fans cd collection. it has a nice blend between classic heavy and nods towards prog (their later direction) and their own unique sound.
they blend crazy time signatures with hooks and some great quieter moments too. This album features the dancefloor classic 'blood and thunder' and my personal fave 'iron tusk' their drummer Brann is simply stunning and eaily one of the best drummers on the planet right now.
if you like this make sure you check out 'blood mountain' which i would pick as my favorite mastodon album.
this album also features scott kelly guesting (from neurosis).
this was the album which really pushed mastodon from being quite an underground band and brought them tones of attention etc.
so to sum up this is a great album, and if you havn't heard mastodon before a brilliant starting point.
Check out Kylesa, neurosis, doomriders and clutch.
Mastodon are a sludge metal band from Atlanta Georgia who formed in 1999.
Released in 2004, Leviathan is their second album and is a concept album based on the novel Moby Dick.
You might be wary of concept albums and indeed might think it an odd choice of subject, but it just works. Critically it won great acclaim winning Kerrang album of the year in 2004 and being placed second by Metal Hammer.
The opening track is a thundering and powerful start to the album and is aptly called "Blood and Thunder". My favourite part of this song is the lyrics "split your lungs with blood and thunder" bellowed out by guest vocalist Neil Fallon (Clutch). It always makes me want to shout those lyrics out too (can be a problem if I'm on the bus!)
The album doesn't fail to live up to the high standards set by the opener, moving seemlessly into "I am Ahab" with its driving guitars and pounding drums.
Third track "Seabeast" is gentler and more melodic and always makes me think of being lost at sea, I think its quite haunting.
Other stand out tracks are "Iron Tusk" and "Naked Burn" for their raw vocals and closing track, "Joseph Merrick" which is a gentle instrumental which puts me in mind of a movie soundtrack.
The whole album just flows and is matched perfectly to the Moby Dick story.
Im not into prog rock or concept albums particularly but I'll make an exception for Mastodon - a must for any metal fan, and anyone that enjoys something a bit different. Despite frequent comparisons to Rush and links to Metallica, I think this band and this album sound like nothing else out there.
Also includes some stunning cover art synonymous with Mastodon albums.
1. "Blood and Thunder"
2. "I Am Ahab"
5. "Iron Tusk"
7. "Naked Burn"
8. "Aqua Dementia" (Feat. Scott Kelly)
9. "Hearts Alive"
10. "Joseph Merrick"
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Blood And Thunder
2 I Am Ahab
5 Iron Tusk
7 Naked Burn
8 Aqua Dementia
9 Hearts Alive
10 Joseph Merrick