What are the chances that I
would like this album... after all I never really discovered the brilliance of
"Crack the Skye" (according to many), I gave up on "Blood Mountain", and have
only recently taken the time to digest "The Hunter, and I failed to see them
live twice over the last couple of years on purpose!
Fans of Mastodon know
that their strange brew has ingredients from so many genres that to categorize
them would be pointless, the basics however remain classic hard rock from the
70s (Black Sabbath) and then they add layer after layer to their sound, the
diversity of the three vocalists helps a lot in this respect.
"Once More 'Round the Sun"
is a heavy punch in the stomach and given time you'll discover that it really
covers all aspects of Mastodon's massive sound universe, and I must say
that I am very pleased that I gave them one more chance, because I have (slowly)
begun to discover the brilliance of this band, going back and discovering what
lead up to this album.
It's not every day I gladly
admit that I might have been mistaken, but Mastodon is every bit as heavy
as their name indicates, and they deserve my respect: this is one awesome groove
monster that wins more and more respect in my small metal world day by day.