Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun (2014) 7.7

Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 7.7

Track List:
1. “Tread Lightly” 5:14
2. “The Motherload” 4:59
3. “High Road” 4:15
4. “Once More ‘Round the Sun” 2:58
5. “Chimes at Midnight” 5:32
6. “Asleep in the Deep” (featuring Valient Himself & Isaiah “Ikey” Owens) 6:12
7. “Feast Your Eyes” 3:23
8. “Aunt Lisa” (featuring The Coathangers & Gary Lindsey) 4:08
9. “Ember City” 4:59
10. “Halloween” 4:39
11. “Diamond in the Witch House” (featuring Scott Kelly) 7:49

The eternal evolution of Mastodon sees them incorporating a safer more mainstream sound with the heavy-ness of their past. A merger of the hook driven hard rock and grunge found on The Hunter, the progressive space exploring sound of Crack The Skye and brain-blasting metal of their earlier albums. It’s all here, and it’s not bad. If this wasn’t the same band that put out ‘Blood Mountain’, you wouldn’t have a legion of ‘closet Mastodon fans/formerly open Mastodon fans’ bitching about how far the band has fallen. Get over it, they are different now; and you will always have ‘Blood Mountain’. Favourite tracks: “Tread Lightly”, “Chimes at Midnight” & “The Motherload”.

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