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REMISSION

Mastodon

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.53 | 131 ratings

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Alitare
4 stars All circles created with intention....

Mastodon's first true album, and what a stomping beast. These guys most certainly fit the title they have bestowed upon themselves.

The songs are unholy sludge bombs that wreak havoc and smash everything in sight. This is melodic death metal at its peak. Crusher destroyer is violent and dark, while March of the Fire Ants adds high levels of visceral melodic lines to the mix. Each song is marching to the death with its fiery vitriol. The lyrics are good, especially for the genre we are talking about. Thick and distorted beyond oblivion. A lot of people will be turned off by the overall rage and violence atmosphere that brims and fills each song. Where strides the behemoth is one of the sludgiest tracks, and it is muscular and biting. Especially in its seeming criticism of religion in the eyes of a warpath striding barbarian. The lyrics seem to be steeped in dense and barbaric imagery, with images of death, marching war ants, and workhorses. Ol'e Nessie starts off very stark and melodic, showing some diversity, before turning into a sludgy beast from the depths of hades. From burning man to trampled under hoof, this album enslaves you to an atmosphere of claustrophobic firestorms, and hot pressure.

The biggest flaw with this record, which is an amazing record, by the way, would be overall lack of progression or diversity. Everything else is delivered in giant wildfire explosions of intelligent death metal.

Highly recommended, but not their best work. 4.5 stars!

Alitare | 4/5 |

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