Release date: 24 June 2014
Style: Progressive stoner metal

Rating:

8.3 | 330 votes

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01. Tread Lightly
02. The Motherload
03. High Road
04. Once More 'Round The Sun
05. Chimes At Midnight
06. Asleep In The Deep [feat. Valient Himself & Ikey Owens]
07. Feast Your Eyes
08. Aunt Lisa [feat. The Coat Hangers & Gary Lindsey]
09. Ember City
10. Halloween
11. Diamond In The Witch House [feat. Scott Kelly]

Top 20 albums of 2014: 8

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Line-up
Brent Hinds - guitars, vocals
Bill Kelliher - guitars, backing vocals
Brann Dailor - drums, vocals
Troy Sanders - bass, vocals

Guest musicians
Scott Michael Kelly - vocals
The Coathangers - backing vocals
Valient Himself - backing vocals
Ikey Owens - synth

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.4
A new album from Mastodon always promises fresh material, and the band dutifully oblige with the tantalising colour of their latest release. So here we go again, in riff raving fashion, Once More 'Round The Sun.

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published 02.07.2014 | Comments (25)

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Kooldip - 29.04.2014 at 22:59  
  I actually really like "High Road", can't wait for this release.
Nick K. - 02.05.2014 at 20:13  
  High road is really cool. Lets see how the whole thing turns out to be...
Paw!! - 20.05.2014 at 04:47  
  I want it ,especially High Road.
J. N. - 24.05.2014 at 13:58  
  Pre-ordered the LP package from Stereo Boutique. Can't wait to get it.
John Shock - 13.06.2014 at 04:33  
  Leak!!!
Will listen to it today!
The Philosopher - 13.06.2014 at 12:39  
Rating: 10 Just listened it.

It's their best album.
RavenEffect - 13.06.2014 at 17:07  
Rating: 8
Written by The Philosopher on 13.06.2014 at 12:39

Just listened it.

It's their best album.


While I find this extremely exagerated, at first I thought the same thing. For me, I'd say its one of their best and a really strong 2014 release
3rdWorld - 16.06.2014 at 10:31  
  Uninspired and boring album. Not even close to their first three classic albums and nothing memorable here as well despite being a decent record.
Alex Fenger - 17.06.2014 at 17:48  
Rating: 8 I'm genuinely impressed with this. Not as good as Leviathan, Remission, nor Crack The Skye, but it's a great album. I've given a few listens, and I have to say, by releasing High Road (my least favorite song on the album) first, they severely lowered my expectations. Really nice release, and to me it is a welcomed addition to the fantastic repertoire Mastodon have built up.
Monolithic - 18.06.2014 at 10:35  
Rating: 8 I find this album to be good enough to enjoy for a few spins. No complaints whatsoever since I never expected them to top any of their previous albums though they sort of topped The Hunter imo.
Death_95 - 19.06.2014 at 05:37  
Rating: 10 Very good album but not as good as The Hunter!
Guib - 19.06.2014 at 20:41  
  On my Listen to List ! Very soooon.
Winterwolf - 22.06.2014 at 17:10  
  Really enjoyed this album
Introspekrieg - 23.06.2014 at 00:25  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 17.06.2014 at 17:48

I'm genuinely impressed with this. Not as good as Leviathan, Remission, nor Crack The Skye, but it's a great album. I've given a few listens, and I have to say, by releasing High Road (my least favorite song on the album) first, they severely lowered my expectations. Really nice release, and to me it is a welcomed addition to the fantastic repertoire Mastodon have built up.


I will never understand why they thought it was a good idea to release "High Road" as the teaser/single. That chorus is horrible and not getting any better with repeat listens. Every single other song is better, especially "Motherload", "Chimes at Midnight" and "Ember City." Maybe it was their plan all along to lower expectations so people would be pleasantly surprised?
Troy Killjoy - 23.06.2014 at 00:35  
 
Written by Introspekrieg on 23.06.2014 at 00:25
Maybe it was their plan all along to lower expectations so people would be pleasantly surprised?

Also not sure if that was their intent, but it definitely worked on me. The songs they released prior to the album drop didn't do anything for me, but the album overall is incredible. For me this is the best Mastodon album since Blood Mountain.
Sword_Chant - 23.06.2014 at 16:59  
Rating: 8 It's great until the second half of the album, which I found to be rather average and forgettable. Maybe the 2nd half will grow on me though... the best track of the cd is definitely High Road.
errorcode99 - 23.06.2014 at 22:06  
Rating: 9 This album is delicious. i'm glad they went back to their proggier style in the second part of the album.
Lit. - 23.06.2014 at 22:48  
  Sounds like Hunter progified. Pretty damn solid so far.
Serbantez - 24.06.2014 at 07:44  
Rating: 7
Written by Lit. on 23.06.2014 at 22:48

Sounds like Hunter progified. Pretty damn solid so far.


^^^ QFT

I agree that this album is picking up where the Hunter left off, a lot of common elements and echoes of riffs & drum fills from the last album... My initial reaction was "Well, if the Hunter was half a tab of acid, this is 4 tabs of that exact same acid."


Definitely feel as though i've been seeing a dichotomy in the fan base springing up over the past 2(/3?) albums, those who have an appreciation for the well-crafted prog elements and those who identified more with the prehistoric aggression of the first 3. I've enjoyed listening to the album a couple of times, much of the album's substance is layered on through the heavy production and multiple listens help with that, i have found. Overall i kinda can't help but feel myself gravitating to the second camp.

Favourite tracks so far for me have been Chimes at Midnight (more Spectrelight pls) and Asleep in the Deep, High Road has stuck with me too. Second half of the album still settling with me, it feels.


P.S.
Who signed off on the Aunt Lisa choral? Can anyone feel that going over at a Mastogig :/
Panzerfrost - 24.06.2014 at 10:21  
Rating: 9 Damn!!! This album is great! It's much better than "The Hunter" in my opinion! These guys have proved that they are still able to create awesome music in spite of some people's opinion! I'm really happy with that release!
Ganondox - 24.06.2014 at 10:38  
 
Written by Introspekrieg on 23.06.2014 at 00:25

Written by Alex Fenger on 17.06.2014 at 17:48

I'm genuinely impressed with this. Not as good as Leviathan, Remission, nor Crack The Skye, but it's a great album. I've given a few listens, and I have to say, by releasing High Road (my least favorite song on the album) first, they severely lowered my expectations. Really nice release, and to me it is a welcomed addition to the fantastic repertoire Mastodon have built up.


I will never understand why they thought it was a good idea to release "High Road" as the teaser/single. That chorus is horrible and not getting any better with repeat listens. Every single other song is better, especially "Motherload", "Chimes at Midnight" and "Ember City." Maybe it was their plan all along to lower expectations so people would be pleasantly surprised?


I haven't listened to any other songs yet, but I personally prefer High Road to Chimes at Midnight. I like the chorus, riff, and solo, love the solo.
Panzerfrost - 25.06.2014 at 17:05  
Rating: 9 The most important thing about this album is that it still sounds like Mastodon. An as for me, this is exactly what is needed!
Zaphod - 25.06.2014 at 23:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 17.06.2014 at 17:48

by releasing High Road (my least favorite song on the album) first, they severely lowered my expectations.

Indeed. Same thing happened for me with The Hunter, when they released "Curl Of The Burl"
Ganondox - 26.06.2014 at 07:21  
 
Written by Zaphod on 25.06.2014 at 23:58

Written by Alex Fenger on 17.06.2014 at 17:48

by releasing High Road (my least favorite song on the album) first, they severely lowered my expectations.

Indeed. Same thing happened for me with The Hunter, when they released "Curl Of The Burl"


Considering those are two songs being released as singles, it's probably not that they are trying to lower people's expectation, but are just releasing their rockiest songs as singles as they have most mainstream appeal, and they are ones buying singles rather than albums.
Necrodamus - 26.06.2014 at 09:52  
Rating: 10 This album is such an improvement over The Hunter. While The Hunter was a good, catchy album, this album improves on every level. A spectacular release. The guys still got it
Zaphod - 26.06.2014 at 17:43  
Rating: 8
Written by Ganondox on 26.06.2014 at 07:21

Considering those are two songs being released as singles, it's probably not that they are trying to lower people's expectation, but are just releasing their rockiest songs as singles as they have most mainstream appeal, and they are ones buying singles rather than albums.

Obviously. It still lowers my expectation if they release a mediocre radio-friendly song first.
Eternity'sChild - 26.06.2014 at 21:44  
Rating: 9 I have to say, 2014 becomes better and better. At first, I was a bit sceptic about that year (after the first albums released - with a few exceptions), but albums like this prove, that I was wrong. That one has the potential to be my new favourite record from Mastodon (at the moment, it's Crack The Skye).
Especially Songs 5, 6, 9, 11 are really great.
Sr Tumnus - 27.06.2014 at 07:03  
Rating: 9 Very good!
great work... this band rocks!!! and this album is a natural step in the rigth direcction!!!
telephonebear - 27.06.2014 at 13:58  
  Might have to listen to this in full, i didnt like the teaser singles much but people are saying they are the worst (or least best) anyway and usually i really like mastodon

UPDATE: listened to it now and i really like it, i even enjoyed high road this time. must be a grower.
The Galactican - 02.07.2014 at 18:43  
Rating: 9 I'll leave it to everyone else to wax intellectual about where this sits on the Mastodon style and quality scale. All I know is when this albums stops I just want to go ahead and play it again.
Ilham - 03.07.2014 at 18:45  
Rating: 8 I have a complicated relationship with Mastodon. But this one just blew me away.
Machiavelli - 04.07.2014 at 12:33  
 
Written by Serbantez on 24.06.2014 at 07:44

Written by Lit. on 23.06.2014 at 22:48

Sounds like Hunter progified. Pretty damn solid so far.


^^^ QFT

I agree that this album is picking up where the Hunter left off, a lot of common elements and echoes of riffs & drum fills from the last album... My initial reaction was "Well, if the Hunter was half a tab of acid, this is 4 tabs of that exact same acid."


Definitely feel as though i've been seeing a dichotomy in the fan base springing up over the past 2(/3?) albums, those who have an appreciation for the well-crafted prog elements and those who identified more with the prehistoric aggression of the first 3. I've enjoyed listening to the album a couple of times, much of the album's substance is layered on through the heavy production and multiple listens help with that, i have found. Overall i kinda can't help but feel myself gravitating to the second camp.

Favourite tracks so far for me have been Chimes at Midnight (more Spectrelight pls) and Asleep in the Deep, High Road has stuck with me too. Second half of the album still settling with me, it feels.


P.S.
Who signed off on the Aunt Lisa choral? Can anyone feel that going over at a Mastogig :/


Excellent points... I can't seem to figure out where I fit in because I loved Leviathan and CTS and I think people might want to reconsider the prog elements in Leviathan... complex runs and breakdowns galore as well as power and rage... and no beautiful vox of course so I guess it is easy to dismiss... anyway, you seem to be wise in the ways of metal... you should rate some of your records... I'd be curious to know what your top records are.
Machiavelli - 04.07.2014 at 12:37  
 
Written by Ilham on 03.07.2014 at 18:45

I have a complicated relationship with Mastodon. But this one just blew me away.

I still adore you... but in the non-creepy kind of adoration way...
Ilham - 04.07.2014 at 14:41  
Rating: 8
Written by Machiavelli on 04.07.2014 at 12:37

I still adore you... but in the non-creepy kind of adoration way...

Hey, people say there's no bad publicity. I'm sure there's no bad adoration either. You may go on.
Fallen Ghost - 04.07.2014 at 16:07  
  I like this! Only thing I actually disliked is that "hey ho" part in Aunt Lisa, else it was nice, bought it
Troy Killjoy - 04.07.2014 at 17:51  
 
Written by Fallen Ghost on 04.07.2014 at 16:07
I like this! Only thing I actually disliked is that "hey ho" part in Aunt Lisa, else it was nice, bought it

This doesn't do a great job of explaining why they chose to include that, but it's something.

"Aunt Lisa" is a song about Dailor's own aunt, who passed away from Leukemia. Hinds wrote the music to Dailor's lyrics, and it turned into "the craziest song on the record," befitting Lisa's joie de vivre. "Everybody knew her and all the stories, so the song is Brent's personality, but it's Aunt Lisa's personality too. Some things are heavily masked and metaphored, some are thinly veiled." (Sauce)

I'm assuming in some way that kind seemingly out-of-place quirkiness is their way of paying homage to her personality.
Fallen Ghost - 04.07.2014 at 18:37  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 04.07.2014 at 17:51

Written by Fallen Ghost on 04.07.2014 at 16:07
I like this! Only thing I actually disliked is that "hey ho" part in Aunt Lisa, else it was nice, bought it

This doesn't do a great job of explaining why they chose to include that, but it's something.

"Aunt Lisa" is a song about Dailor's own aunt, who passed away from Leukemia. Hinds wrote the music to Dailor's lyrics, and it turned into "the craziest song on the record," befitting Lisa's joie de vivre. "Everybody knew her and all the stories, so the song is Brent's personality, but it's Aunt Lisa's personality too. Some things are heavily masked and metaphored, some are thinly veiled." (Sauce)

I'm assuming in some way that kind seemingly out-of-place quirkiness is their way of paying homage to her personality.


Awesome, thanks for the info!
Alex Fenger - 05.07.2014 at 04:40  
Rating: 8 Really like all of the positive feedback this is getting. Glad to see i'm not the only one who thinks Mastodon are still awesome
Angelic Storm - 06.07.2014 at 23:06  
  Just finished listening to this, and it is an awesome album. It manages to do a very difficult thing, which is to be catchy, and hooky, whilst also managing to be very obtuse and adventurous at times. Unlike many bands, these guys just seem to keep getting better the older they get! The songcraft on this album is just wonderful, and captivating. Amazing stuff.
Ganondox - 07.07.2014 at 08:34  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 04.07.2014 at 17:51

Written by Fallen Ghost on 04.07.2014 at 16:07
I like this! Only thing I actually disliked is that "hey ho" part in Aunt Lisa, else it was nice, bought it

This doesn't do a great job of explaining why they chose to include that, but it's something.

"Aunt Lisa" is a song about Dailor's own aunt, who passed away from Leukemia. Hinds wrote the music to Dailor's lyrics, and it turned into "the craziest song on the record," befitting Lisa's joie de vivre. "Everybody knew her and all the stories, so the song is Brent's personality, but it's Aunt Lisa's personality too. Some things are heavily masked and metaphored, some are thinly veiled." (Sauce)

I'm assuming in some way that kind seemingly out-of-place quirkiness is their way of paying homage to her personality.


So what song from Mastodon's recent albums ISN'T a tribute to some dead relative of one of the members?
Fallen Ghost - 07.07.2014 at 16:55  
 
Written by Fallen Ghost on 04.07.2014 at 16:07

I like this! Only thing I actually disliked is that "hey ho" part in Aunt Lisa, else it was nice, bought it


I gotta change my mind on this, I actually like that part now, hah!
afu - 08.07.2014 at 10:13  
Rating: 7 I like that they can groove and also blend a lot of shades into the sound. The vintage + modern mix they have is really good.
Blast 76 - 08.07.2014 at 13:39  
Rating: 10 Excellent like all the rest of the discography, awesome live performing - Crack in the Sky forever =)
Nick K. - 08.07.2014 at 21:52  
  Very good album, really surprised. But it still doesnt come to the quality of "Remission" and "Leviathan", in my opinion.
Ace Frawley - 11.07.2014 at 05:43  
Rating: 8 A couple of listens through and I'm very impressed with this album. I agree with Angelic Storm that these guys are getting better the older they get. I know there are those that say their early albums are their best but I'm not in that camp. I was a huge fan of Crack the Skye but for me that album took the prog element to it's conclusion and I was happy that The Hunter was a bit more fun. This album feels a bit like a middle ground between those two albums. Some very catchy songs and riffs but still some complex and proggy sounding songs.

Some of the things I like about this album and band: three quarters of the band do lead vocals and alternate it around - it gives a varied sound to the songs. Plus this album has the usual vocal appearance of Scott Kelly. And I'm stoked that Brann is doing more lead vocals here, as I like his voice the most. I suspect it must be difficult for him to do much lead vocals when they play live, considering his frenetic drumming style, which must take a lot of energy. From seeing them play three times, I've always felt that live vocals is their weakness. I've read that they once had a singer in the band and after he left, instead of getting a new lead singer they just took it on amongst themselves - that seems about right. Brann's drumming - he manages to lay down some cool grooves but to keep that trademark style of his of lots of tom and snare fills. And the guitars - so many cool, heavy, catchy riffs and I've always really enjoyed Brent's lead guitar solos. Artwork and song titles - another really cool album cover and their song titles are always interesting to me. Rating pending but it will either be an 8 or 9.
deadone - 11.07.2014 at 06:54  
Rating: 8
Written by Ace Frawley on 11.07.2014 at 05:43

A couple of listens through and I'm very impressed with this album. I agree with Angelic Storm that these guys are getting better the older they get. I know there are those that say their early albums are their best but I'm not in that camp


Oh yes I'll disagree. Nothing beats those albums for sheer demented aggression.

But as a band Mastodon have not got worse - they've just changed. I'm noticing a trend that for many it's either the old stuff or the new stuff.

Do they still play old stuff live?
Ravenous - 12.07.2014 at 16:16  
Rating: 9 Deserves a strong powerful 9. This album feels like a new material with a strong Mastodon vibe, that's one of the best combinations you can accomplish when you already released quite a few albums. I think they tried to improve upon The Hunter as well. It's kind of a grower, you need to give it a few listens and it will reward you very well. Way to go guys
Jaeryd17‍ - 17.07.2014 at 07:46  
  Not sure how I feel about this album yet. It's pretty obvious now that they'll most likely never again make another album of the same level of quality as Remission or Leviathan, which were masterpieces both. Still, I really liked Crack the Skye, which I considered a better album than Blood Mountain, so maybe they'll surprise me one day.

This one isn't better than Crack the Skye, but it's definitely better than the Hunter, and maybe even better than Blood Mountain. Still need time to take it in so I know how I really feel about it, but I think they did a good job.
Troy Killjoy - 17.07.2014 at 09:07  
 
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 17.07.2014 at 07:46
It's pretty obvious now that they'll most likely never again make another album of the same level of quality as Remission or Leviathan...

How can you compare quality between albums that are so far apart stylistically?

I would say it's pretty obvious now that they'll most likely never make another album like Remission or Leviathan because they're done with that and have clearly moved on, as demonstrated by the albums they've released since. If these guys wanted to re-write Remission and Leviathan for the next 20 years and wow us with their consistency (or bore us with their repetitiveness) then I'm sure they would have.
deadone - 17.07.2014 at 09:38  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.07.2014 at 09:07

I would say it's pretty obvious now that they'll most likely never make another album like Remission or Leviathan because they're done with that and have clearly moved on



But we know some of the fans never move on. Personally I've figured if I squint so hard my eyes are shut when looking at the date, it's 1992 again .

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