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Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (Reprise Records)




CD Reviews: July 3, 2014
Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (Reprise Records)

07/03/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (Reprise Records)

I didn’t get exposed to this Atlanta metal foursome until the 2004 Leviathan album, at which point the New Wave of American Heavy Metal was getting a real foothold, such as it was, with the thrash crowd. But I didn’t pay much attention to the whole genre-pigeonholing thing — I mean, you know the shelf life for that kind of stuff. I publicly liked Leviathan more than I normally would have owing to the fact that Relapse Records put it out, and they’re nice guys, but past that, there was definitely something pleasingly alien about the record — it didn’t floor me with pure awesomeness, but it was cool. And then came 2006’s Blood Mountain, marking the jump to a major label, and it was a massive disappointment, like a Trent Reznor solo record meant to appeal to teen males only. A couple of other albums along the way bring us to this one, which starts out nicely with “Tread Lightly,” a prog-metal thingie that almost could have been on Leviathan, but it’s downhill from there. By the time the title track rolls around, they sound like Ratt trying to grab a chorus hook by the tail but constantly getting Acme anvils dropped on their heads, Wile E. Coyote style. The only good thing about this band still being around is that promoters know whom to slot as default festival headliners. C — Eric W. Saeger
 
As seen in the July 3, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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