This week was a tricky one, so many albums I've currently got spinning but Mastodon's 2014 offering, "Once More 'Round the Sun", took the win. I've always been meaning to check this band out, and after hearing their more famous songs such as, "Oblivion" and "Blood and Thunder", I was convinced this band has one of the most unique sound and songwriting style in the modern era.
Out of the gate the band starts with "Tread Lightly", a complex intro sets you up for a masterful delivery. The band really got me captivated with "The Motherload". Their ability to create sludgy, heavy riffs with catchy choruses which you would only scream live is what kept me engaged for the remainder of the album. The band's use of vocal diversity by each member, changes the pace and tone of each song and it's done quite very well. What also stands out is the drumming of Brann Dailor (does this man have 4 arms?!). Dailor guides the groove of the band through each song, at the same time throwing in a bunch of quick fills which are nothing short of masterful.
The album really starts to take me on a journey with the introduction of, "Asleep in the Deep". The groove of this song is enchanting, complimented with vocal layering and guidance by Dailor behind the drums. There is so much happening in this song, the guitar solo section took me to another place.
The groove of each song uses that sludge and heaviness which you'd expect from Mastodon, the influence of Black Sabbath is clear and I can't help wonder what Ozzy would sound like singing some of these tunes...
Overall this album left me wanting more of this band, for me what stood out track wise was, "The Motherload, Asleep in the Deep, Halloween and Ember City", I'll definitely be heading further into their discography and I have the feeling I won't be disappointed.