Emperor Of Sand (CD)


Mastodon

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Amoeba Review

03/29/2017

Mastodon is one of those bands that have gotten better over time. Though their albums are thick layers of fuzzed-out guitars, slamming percussion, and dramatic vocals, Mastodon manages to keep a subliminal level of pop that makes them feel less impenetrable than most heavy-duty metal bands. With their seventh album, they created a sophisticated concept album that deals with mortality by telling the story of a man in the desert who has been sentenced to die. It was born out of the desire to create something that represented the band's personal journal of having friends and family become ill with cancer. But this anger and confusion is vented through relentlessly powerful metal that shreds and marches forward with pure fire.

 

As soon at the opening riff of "Sultan's Curse" kicks in - from mysterious bells to a riff that gallops into hellish imagery and doom - your body rocks with intensity. But the precision and love for prog rock is all over the track with various drums going wild into multiple layers of sonic insanity while guitars jam out into psychedelic free forms. It feels less like an album to mope over tragedy, and more like a violent rejection of life's problems. "Show Yourself" is probably their most "normal" sounding track as they sculpt what otherwise could've been a solid rock number; except in pure Mastodon fashion, the guitars never give you a chance to breathe and even the lyrics add an atmosphere of suppression. The song almost treads into comedic territory, but the music always takes itself seriously. Emperor of Sand is easily their best album to date. All the elements combined make it feel like prog for the 21st century without the pointless noodling. This is concise, loud, and tough music.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sultan's Curse
Mastodon 04:09
2.
Show Yourself
Mastodon 03:03
3.
Precious Stones
Mastodon 03:46
4.
Steambreather
Mastodon 05:03
5.
Roots Remain
Mastodon 06:28
6.
Word To The Wise
Mastodon 04:00
7.
Ancient Kingdom
Mastodon 04:54
8.
Clandestiny
Mastodon 04:28
9.
Andromeda
Mastodon 04:05
10.
Scorpion Breath
Mastodon 03:19
11.
Jaguar God
Mastodon 07:56

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