Leviathan (studio album) by Mastodon

Leviathan by Mastodon
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-08-31
Overall rank: 1,269th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 273 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2004 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (205th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,269th)
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Mastodon bestography

Leviathan is ranked 2nd best out of 12 albums by Mastodon on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Mastodon is Crack The Skye which is ranked number 862 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,167.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.5/100, a mean average of 81.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.6.

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70/100
From 01/19/2021 18:59
Before even beginning with the listening process, the expectations are already raised. With such a title and an album cover, it better be something of epic proportions. My biggest concern with this kind of albums is usually the vocals. Here there are two main vocalists plus a couple of guests. For the most part they doesn't cross the "unlistenable" line, though there were some instances where it was clearly on the annoying side (most obvious example would be Aqua Dementia). The sad thing is that it's a concept album - a loose one though, Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" is the main theme of the album, but not all tracks proceed along those lines - and if you can't connect with the vocals it's harder to follow the concept. Musicianship, on the other hand, is top notch without being only about style (another common complaint in such albums). No crazy solos, no need to show off. This balance is the key to their (critical and commercial) success, a typical sound with aggressive riffs and powerful drumming, but they manage to fit many progressive elements in seemingly straightforward 3-4 minutes hit songs, which all do contribute to the overall atmosphere. Hearts Alive is the central piece of the album, it's as if everything that came before paves the way for this both in terms of music and lyrics. Not sure it totally justifies its length, but a great piece nonetheless. Joseph Merrick is a fitting closer, just a calm moment after all the mayhem that preceeded it. However, I have to give the nod to Blood and Thunder as the standout track. It establishes itself with the first riff and the first line ("I think that someone is trying to kill me") and it never lets go.
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From 07/07/2019 17:27
One of defining moments in modern metal. Crack the Skye was my favourite for quite some time, but now I think Leviathan is just a tad better. Brutal and epic, fast, thrashing and complex, complete chaos and tender beauty all at once.
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From 03/11/2018 22:54
El segundo disco de Mastodon nos presenta en esta ocasión un álbum conceptual alrededor del elemento del agua y basado en la novela de Herman Melville, Moby Dick. 'Leviathan' nos presenta a una banda que ya sabe lo que hace tras un brutal 'Remission', quizás más medida en sus esfuerzos, añadiendo buenos momentos de melodía y siguiendo en su evolución hacia el Sludge Progresivo que tanto los caracterizaría en futuras ediciones; pero sin bajar el ritmo en ningún momento y manteniendo unas revoluciones frenéticas durante todo el disco, y lo hacen desde la inicial "Blood and Thunder", que sirve como una carta de presentación inmejorable para adivinar lo que vamos a encontrar en este plástico. Mastodon se ha convertido por méritos propios posiblemente en la banda más grande del siglo veintiuno, y trabajos como este han contribuido a crear el legado del grupo.
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85/100
From 04/30/2017 07:03
One of the best metal albums ever. Hearts Alive is amazing, but so are most of the other tracks. Lots of great riffs on this album, and the drumming is amazing.
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From 01/01/2017 12:09
I'm not a big fan, but this is very good, tough and with an awesome guitar sound. Blood and Thunder is a masterpiece.
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From 08/30/2015 01:45
The first Mastodon album I got into, and still by far my favourite. It's the heaviest album I've listened to that I still absolutely, wholeheartedly enjoy. It's like watching the movie 300. Somehow, despite all the blood and brutality, it still manages to keep a sense of majesty, and the dark, gritty story it tells is grossly engaging in its own colourful way. And that ending. Holy fuck, that ending. You can't get more perfect than finishing a 47 minute sludge metal album with an acoustic seafarer's lament. It's like the light at the end of a very long, very dark tunnel. And it's the only joy you've felt in 3 days. And you'll probably starve to death before you reach it.

I seriously cannot put this record down. My ears are bleeding. Please send help.
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From 06/13/2015 08:37
I don't think there has been a better metal album since this release. Blood & Thunder is the best here.
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From 03/18/2014 01:18
WHITE WHALE! HOLY GRAIL! I wish Mastodon would return to sludge and take a step away from progressive metal and stoner rock as they have been doing lately. This kicks major ass.
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From 07/06/2012 02:17
One of the greatest metal albums of all time.
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