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LEVIATHAN

Mastodon

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.83 | 268 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Second full length Mastodon's album... And here is where they really showed all their potential, and this original way to understand metal!

The style of the band is very well defined in Leviathan... They make thrash metal with a lot of death metal influences, and a very original approaching to stoner rock too, giving constant surprises with groovy and and really catchy riffs... Like at the end of Seabeast! Being a fan of stoner (I specially love Spiritual Beggars...) I find this fact of Mastodon really attractive.

But of course, and this is the reason this band is on this site, they use not usual rythms and structures... The songs are sometimes really surprising, and the speed is always changing. Not only in the epic Hearts Alive (a 100% progressive metal track...) but also in the funny Megalodon, where a country melody is followed by a very fast speed metal section. The complex Aqua Dementia, the intrincated verses on Island... This album is a real pleasure for tech metal fans.

The sound of the guitars is bit odd, but it's great for the music and the concept of the album... They have sometimes a sailor mood, like on the beginning of Megalodon. Is incredible how this band, with this compact and hard compositions, are able to give every song a new texture, making a coherent progression of the history through the album. I also like their acoustics... In Joseph Merrick they made another bizarre song, with this dirty guitars and tired keyboards... But it's just brilliant!

Brann Dailor, the drummer, also deserves an special mention here... He is just one of the better drummers in metal today. His incredibly fast drumming, and his surprising rythms make the sensation of that you're hearing a jam session by a genious... Every time I listen this album, I discover new things in the work of this man in Leviathan. His sound is a bit ugly, and a bit too high... But for the speed of his drumming, maybe it's not possible to get a better sound, because the drumsticks of this guy must run at the speed of light!

Best Tracks: Blood and Thunder (obscure, epic and catchy opening...), Seabeast (the final riff is my favourite of the album...), Iron Tusk (just love the whole song...), Megalodon (it's crazy, and it's genious...) and of course Hearts Alive (the longer track is of course very progressive, epic and it shows the whole band's potential...)

Conclusion: Mastodon is one of the most surprising metal acts appeared in the last years... They have achieved a very original sound, mixing a lot of genres and influences, but mixing them so brilliantly that you'll not notice it. They are powerful, refreshing and unique... And Leviathan is their best album to date, surpasing the very good but a bit flawed Blood Mountain. Very recommended band and album!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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