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Mastodon - Leviathan (2004) Retail CD
Remission is, in my opinion, not only one of the best albums of the last ten years but also an album that totally revives faith in modern metal. Compared to how impressive that album is, this album is not quite up to its incredible level. However, it is still damn genius. It is also noticably different. The first full-length split into three types of songs- epic tracks that went from light to loud, mid-paced almost stoner tracks with an unusual twist on the riffs and finally proper full-throttle metallic aggression tracks. Leviathan, with a few exceptions, amalgamates these styles into the songsmore…, making them light, fast, chaotic and diverse. The exceptions are the brilliantly titled Blood and Thunder and Iron Tusk, both of these are more of the typical mid-paced, twisted stoner style. The rest frequently begin with a nice, melody before descending into full-pelt aggressive chaos. Also, a lighter style of singing is mixed into a couple of tracks, reminiscent of a style they flirted with on their Lifesblood EP (far less impressive than the albums). One note must be made for Hearts Alive as it brings back the tuly epic and is totally bewildering on the first few listens. It also has an incredible, searing solo on it. Near 14 minutes and it is really impressive stuff, far more adventurous than anything else they've done and quite the masterpiece. Ultimately, I was a little dissapointed as I expected an extension upon the original template instead of a slight change in direction. However, the album is more of a grower and the psychedlicy/proggy touch is quite a nice twist. Oh and the fact that Joseph Merrick is nowhere near as blinding as the chiiled out stoner jam of Elephantman was a little bit of dampner too. One last thing: There drummer is the most incredible thing you will ever here. EVER.
|1||Blood And Thunder|
|2||I Am Ahab|
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