Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand



7.9 | 333 votes |
Release date: 31 March 2017
Style: Progressive stoner metal

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01. Sultan's Curse
02. Show Yourself
03. Precious Stones
04. Steambreather
05. Roots Remain
06. Word To The Wise
07. Ancient Kingdom
08. Clandestiny
09. Andromeda
10. Scorpion Breath
11. Jaguar God

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

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
5.9
Emperor Of Sand follows after Once More 'Round The Sun and The Hunter before it as a mixture of streamlined hard rock and periodic bursts of classic Mastodon fury, with a psychedelic alt-rock haze seeping into a few riffs. As with any Mastodon album, Emperor Of Sand houses some inspired musicianship now and then, especially from Brann Dailor, but in keeping with the band's recent trend, the album centers around less kinetic displays and aims for commercial heaviness.

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published 30.04.2017 | Comments (26)

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06.04.2017 - 13:02
Paz
Inner Metal Cage
Written by Alex F on 05.04.2017 at 23:27

Their worst yet.

That would be The Hunter for me.
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06.04.2017 - 15:31
Rating: 6
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Alex F on 05.04.2017 at 23:27

Their worst yet. Pretty disappointed with the whole thing

The Hunter was their bottom for me and I don't see things getting much more dull from there. Is it really?
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06.04.2017 - 16:53
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Apothecary on 06.04.2017 at 15:31

The Hunter was their bottom for me and I don't see things getting much more dull from there. Is it really?

The Hunter at least had some balls and some semi interesting riffing at times, this album just seems completely void of inspiration. It's a shame because I thought their last album was a totally catchy and all around fun/enjoyable rock album, but this is going in the complete opposite direction quality-wise.
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08.04.2017 - 11:49
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Paz on 06.04.2017 at 13:02

Written by Alex F on 05.04.2017 at 23:27

Their worst yet.

That would be The Hunter for me.


The Hunter is my fav Mastodon album, and I love them all.
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08.04.2017 - 14:56
Paz
Inner Metal Cage
Written by Ace Frawley on 08.04.2017 at 11:49

The Hunter is my fav Mastodon album, and I love them all.

So you're not objective
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08.04.2017 - 21:07
Rating: 7
Sword_Chant
It's alright.. I thought Once More Round The Sun was better though.
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10.04.2017 - 16:23
Karcas
How is this on top of the chart...
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12.04.2017 - 13:14
Fallen Ghost
Metalhead
I don't see why people are bashing this, I find it a very good record! A step back to their older style, yet keeping elements from the refreshing Once More Round The Sun. Great riffs as always
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14.04.2017 - 16:20
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
This is really good stuff...especially "Ancient Kingdom"
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18.04.2017 - 04:45
Rating: 3
Dr. Strawberry
Oh my god. Changed style ?
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18.04.2017 - 04:46
Rating: 3
Dr. Strawberry
Written by Paz on 06.04.2017 at 13:02

Written by Alex F on 05.04.2017 at 23:27

Their worst yet.

That would be The Hunter for me.

This is their worst.
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18.04.2017 - 08:50
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
^True dat. The opener is somewhat ok but then delves into some stupid hard rock/melodic rock shite.
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18.04.2017 - 10:09
Paz
Inner Metal Cage
Written by 3rdWorld on 18.04.2017 at 08:50

The opener is somewhat ok but then delves into some stupid hard rock/melodic rock shite.

This comment gave me cancer and I don't even love the album.
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18.04.2017 - 10:14
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
"Ancient Kingdom" is such a cool song. That chorus is so uplifting.
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18.04.2017 - 10:21
Rating: 3
Dr. Strawberry
Written by 3rdWorld on 18.04.2017 at 08:50

^True dat. The opener is somewhat ok but then delves into some stupid hard rock/melodic rock shite.

Dat's true. The first one minute..., hmm...interesting...then...where are the stoner and progressive parts ? The last song even reminds me of Guns n Roses....hmm...holy shit...
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19.04.2017 - 23:35
Rating: 9
Moose
For me it's a slight improvement over the recent two, so would agree with those saying it's their best since CtS.
18 years with a consistent line-up, producing 7 excellent albums. A rare achievement. Let's hope it continues.
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21.04.2017 - 19:59
Rating: 9
Dave FC
I like OMRTS bit this is still better! Super catchy songs and some past elements like some of you said before. Also, there are very elaborated choruses (Andromeda!!!) and production/mixing is awesome. Scorpion Breath, Andromeda and Roots Remain are superb. Even i like Show Yourself
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26.04.2017 - 17:43
Rating: 6
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
It's.... OK-ish, I guess. But I just know (I think?) Mastodon are capable of doing so much more than just "OK." Considering The Hunter, OMRTS, and now this, I've kinda resigned myself to the fact that we're probably not getting anything even close to the first 4 albums out of them again.
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27.04.2017 - 11:21
Rating: 6
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Couple of songs made you captivated for awhile but this will go down as one of the worst record Mastodon ever produced. This is what happens when a band like Mastodon experiment too much with sound ended up devastating the charisma of new record.
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28.04.2017 - 00:05
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Apothecary on 26.04.2017 at 17:43

It's.... OK-ish, I guess. But I just know (I think?) Mastodon are capable of doing so much more than just "OK." Considering The Hunter, OMRTS, and now this, I've kinda resigned myself to the fact that we're probably not getting anything even close to the first 4 albums out of them again.

I honestly think OMRTS was far more interesting than Blood Mountain to be honest. But this album is definitely their worst so far. I'd say The Hunter is just barely more enjoyable
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11.05.2017 - 05:41
Rating: 3
Dr. Strawberry
Finally, I loved ScreamingSteelUS.
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21.05.2017 - 06:26
Rating: 8
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
The first album I bought from these guys was The Hunter, but I think this is far superior (though The Hunter's a good album too)! Jaguar God is an amazing song!
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21.07.2017 - 04:43
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Very overrated band imo. Their debut was pretty good, so was Crack The Skye, but I've never loved them.
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03.09.2017 - 23:25
Ganondox
I love the reaction to this album:

Once More 'Round the Sun:
"OMG WHY THEY KEEP GOING TO POP ROCK!!1! WHY DON'T YOU PULL ANOTHER CRACKE THE SKYE!!!1 IT SUXXX!"

So they bring back elements of Cracke the Skye.

Emperor of Sand:
"OMG THERE IS NOTHING NEW ABOUT THIS ALBUM, IT'S JUST A REHASH OF THEIR PREVIOUS ALBUMS!!!!111!! IT SUXXX!"

It's impossible to please fans.

Anyway, I think it's a fine album. Not ground breaking by any means, but it's more Mastodon for those who want more Mastodon, and I'm always in the mood for more Mastodon.
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11.01.2018 - 20:58
Rating: 8
el_Lillo
This is an album I have learned to love. The problem is, as I see it, that its low points are too low and its high points don't live up to what Mastodon have shown in the past. Still, I think "Sultan's Curse" has some interesting guitar interplays, "Roots Remains" has a funny robotic spoken part, "Ancient Kingdom" has a beautiful, almost epic chorus, "Scorpion Breath" is one the best songs in the album with a kind of dissonant riffs close to the end and, finally, "Jaguar God" might be the best Mastodon song since Crack the Skye, epic and proggy, this is the first song I listened to from Emperor of Sand. But the rest of the album is debatable. One might like the powerful riffs and harmonic choruses in "Word to the Wise," "Clandestiny," and, especially "Andromeda." I might. Or could stand the catchiness in "Show Yourself," "Precious Stones," or "Steambreather." I couldn't. All in all, I think this is a good album. So EoS having a lower rating than The Hunter is too harsh, in my opinion.

PS: "Steambreather" is kind of nice indeed...
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