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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.73 | 351 ratings

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4 stars OK, clearly not an excellent addition to any prog music collection, but a great one to any progMETAL collection.

As a big fan of metal, definitely not just progressive, i consider Blood Mountain a masterpiece, but it might not appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Queensryche or so, but fans of Opeth, Isis , Atheist or Death should definitely give it a try. Mastodon's music is quite extraordinary blend of progmetal, Death metal, Tharsh metal Hardcore punk and Jazz. While they introduce some tricky rhytms and dissonant melodies, there are still a bunch of jaw-breakingly heavy riffs. The first two tracks The Wolf Is Loose and Crystal Skull are both fast and angry eruptions second of them featuring some rather jazzy drumming. The record calms down on the third track Sleeping Giant which begins with an silent instrumental section but soon develops into quite bizarre heavy ending. The next song, Capillarian Crest is Mastodon's most progressive so far and the weird time signatures combined to virtuosic playing make it one of the best tracks on the album. Rest of the album exept the beginning of This Mortal Soil and the peaceful ending, pendulous Skin is quite angry and straightforward extreme progmetal, but not once song lacks nuances, unlike Meshuggah for example.

Recommended to all fans of innovative metal

delirium | 4/5 |


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