woensdag 23 juli 2014

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
Reprise/Warner – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Sludge
Rated: ****

It is one of their signatures to kick off an album full force and with a righteous stampede. They did this on The Hunter from 2011 which reached the 15th position of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 countdown of that year. And the boys from Mastodon do this once again with Tread Lightly on their new album Once More ‘Round The Sun. It not only functions as the lift off it also seems to condense everything the band stands for in that one track. Blaring and blistering easy to comprehend guitar explosion, technically skilled but always filled of tantalizing rock esthetic. With resounding refrains full of cracked howls, grunts and clean vocals. And with so much pull it is impossible not to join in with their parade. They have been moving ever further away from their Remission and Leviathan beginnings and have been getting ready to produce their very own sizeable but comprehensible metal which remains sludgy and muddy but always with that uplifting edge and with a definite song structuring. More conservative as their previous and with less experimentation the album seems to set up their vision of the Mastodon future. But they refuse to smash it home… This time around…

(Written by JK)

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