Where To Start With… Mastodon
Georgia metallers Mastodon are back next week with a brand new record titled Once More Round The Sun. The album, their sixth in all, follows in the band’s fine tradition, with its huge riffs, intricate drumming and bombastic choruses, it’s also lyrically bonkers, like all their other efforts. To celebrate we’ve picked out their five finest moments, complete with their weird and wonderful lyrical inspirations…
(You can check out each of the track's in our download store by clicking on the title of each track).
The opening track from the band’s raw as hell debut album Remission, this begins with a sample of the roar of the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Jurassic Park and tells the story of a bull fight gone horribly wrong. It’s a furious blast of energy, brutal in its execution, pure fury and aggression.
From bulls to white whales, this track is a little more nuanced, but just as powerful. Built round a naggingly catchy and gloriously heavy. Taken from their 2004 record Leviathan, the whole album is inspired by Moby Dick and that epic quest for the elusive white whale.
Mastodon followed Leviathan in 2006 with Blood Mountain, another album with a concept at its heart. This time out, the album tells the story of a man searching for a crystal skull, which hopes to take to the top of a mighty mountain. This track comes halfway through and finds our hero face to face with a one-eyed Sasquatch that can see into the future. Aside from that it’s just a badass metal song, with huge riff.
The title track from the band’s 2009 album clocks in at almost six minutes, but saw the foursome taking on a subject that’s far more personal, with drummer Brann Dailor opening up about his sister, who committed suicide at the age of 14. The track is multi-faceted, with a number of time changes, but there’s a driving groove and powerful basis.
2012’s The Hunter was a huge step forward for the band, with melody and choruses at the forefront and there’s no better example of that than ‘Dry Bone Valley’. Rolling drums, a grinding riff and a very hummable chorus, it’s also got a brilliantly weird video.
Mastodon’s new album Once More Round The Sun will be released on Monday (June 23rd) and is available to pre-order in hmv stores now.