Mastodon are pretty much the biggest thing in heavy music at the moment [well for me they are at least]. They have the right balance of heaviness, rhythm, vocal range [+ all 4 members of the group sing significantly], difference, complexity, mastery, dirt and overarching conceptual and lyrical interest which all excites me in a giddy way. I’ve already alluded to earlier to their beautiful album covers too by Paul Ramano. So the complete package, you could say.
They have worked with some great people on some of their tracks also like Scott Kelly (Neurosis) on “Aqua Dementia” and “Crystal Skull”, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) on “Colony of Birchmen” and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta) on “Siberian Divide”.
I think that Crack the Skye will take the prize as my favourite album release of 2009 and Oblivion as my favourite single song release. Checkout the sick video for Oblivion:
A sweet perfomrance on Jimmy Fallon’s show too of Divinations:
I imagine they would be epic live in a huge arena judging by this performance of their earlier tracks off Blood Mountain, Crystal Skull and Colony of Birchman:
Its a shame in formats like the Big Day Out [for 2010 they will feature] they will be completely overshadowed by other shitter bands like Muse. This I guess, is probably a good thing, as you would like to think that those who actually know anything of the band are true fan [hopefully] and not just there as result of them being popular and have a cool name. I would love to see them but can’t justify it yet [especially with putting up with all the shit that goes with the Big Day Out]. If another big heavy band came on the bill in the 2nd and 3rd announcements, maybe [like Deftones, Machinehead or Lamb of God].
I can’t say enough good stuff about Mastodon. Fucking amazing and an absolutely necessary band for the genre. Link to Mastodon’s site
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