Mastodon are one of a kind! They just don’t belong in any of your usual categories, mixing stoner and sludge influences with progressive song structures, metal and a heavy dose of humour. ‘Emperor of Sand’ was produced by iconic producer Brendan O’Brien (Aerosmith, Korn, AC/DC and many more), who, since the 2009 breakthrough ‘Crack the Skye’, has almost become the band’s main producer. The album concept is strongly influenced by the theme of transience, because the members increasingly had to deal with the loss of close friends and family members to cancer. So time becomes the central theme of the record: how much time do we have and what do we do with our time? That means you can expect a profound piece of work, one that still displays the signature style of the boys from Atlanta and picks up where ‘Once More Round The Sun’ left off.
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I've received a new Mastodon's CD by mail few days ago. Even listening to only 4th track on the disk I've started to write this review because I wanted to share thoughts about this exellent work. I have nothing to surprise you this time, but this is a compliment to the band: stability is a sign of quality. Vocal parts arranged for three different voices, low and hollow bass sound of instruments, intricate riffs, sophisticated solos, syncopated rhythms - all of these are branded signs of true Mastodon of a heavy metal stage. First track of the album followed melodic and rhythmic lines of "The Hunter", and in a pair of guitar solos I've noticed Metallica's influence. In the middle part of the album complex and elaborated harmonies in "Crack The Skye" style began to recapture their part and then became the core at the end of the album. Following from "simple" (if you ever can say that about Mastodon's music) to "sophisticated" musicians turned their new disk into a full and complete composition that attracts all your attention to the last notes of the final song ("Jaguar God" - this song is really amazing, believe me). In other words, this is a real Mastodon as we know and like it. Nothing surprising, right? ;)
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