One of the most powerful, at the same time creative exciting bands of this genre. Mastodon connects classical, partly very fast Metal à la Metallica and Iron Maiden with a portion Thrash and the early ninetees-intensity of acts like Helmet.
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Tracklist - Leviathan
- 1.Blood And thunder
- 2.I Am Ahab
- 5.Iron Tusk
- 7.Naked Burn
- 8.Aqua Dementia
- 9.Hearts Alive
- 10.Joseph Merrick
EMP Editorial Team (18.11.2005)
They may not be "the next Metallica", as they are being introduced by the American MTV. Also the title "future of metal" as several US fanzines calls them may be just one step too high. But Mastodon are definitely one of the most powerful and at the same time creatively most thrilling bands of the genre these days. The second album of the New Yorkers begins with the explosive, but despite its power very complex "Blood & Thunder" followed by the furious "I Am Ahab" before the atmospheric epics, such as "Hearts Alive" or "Megalodon" come next. Their mixture of classic, often very fast metal in the vein of "early Hetfield & Co. meets Iron Maiden", some good portion of thrash plus the early 90s-energy and intensity of acts like Helmet can convince over the whole course of the album. The equally virtuoso as variable vocal and drum-performance add the last kick to the album. But it's especially the quality of the compositions that should see Mastodon soon in front of a rapidly grown audience.
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For those who have heard the elder Mastodon- this is differentIt has quit thesame feeling, but more slowly, some complicader guitar Riffs, Clean Vocals, more acoustic parts and a acoustic song (Joseph Merrick).This album is very beautiful- with very emotional parts but also agressive parts.MASTODON use here lots of different vocals and guitar riffs-Clean Vocals, Growl Vocals and Kinda Black Metal Vocals.Acoustic Riffs, slow destortion riffs and Fast destortion Riffs, and a really coowl Soloin Hearts Alive, one Of The best songs on there album, I can't explain it, you just have to hear this album by yourself!Also buy Remission and Lifesblood, more aggressive and faster riffs.
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