part 2 of You must listen to the album below you:canon edition by Mercury (2022)
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- (Created: 08/26/2021 19:56).
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Outisde of Pig Destroyer's Prowler In The Yard or other grindcore stuff, I can't think of anything quite as absurdly punishing as this album that I have heard. That is awesome. The (apparently legendary in death metal circles) lead singer here, Lord Worm, is an acquired taste. For me the taste was acquired so rapidly I felt like maybe I was fooling myself. Earlier this evening I was ready to write that musically this is a 9-10, vocally its a 4. But Now just a few hours later I'd say the vocals along the whole spectrum of styles presented here is actually one (of many) strong points of the band. The other obvious strong point is that the drummer is actually not human and his gravity blasts or, if ot that, extremely fast blast beats are amazing and quite frankly awe-inspiring. The riffing is so sick. SOOOO sick indeed. The solo on "Dead and Dripping" is factually beautiful. The weird and random bass noodling just before the breakdown and then the breakdown itself on "Slit Your Guts" is maybe the best part of this album, but its close and its amazing is all i'm saying. The drumming everywhere is good, but on the song "Benedictine Convulsions" its truly ascendant, if that's the word. The solo on that same song is also short and sweet and cool - just like this album. The haunting piano that starts "Phobophile" is unexpected, and then the eerie bass before it explodes adds to the excellence.
This is BY FAR the shortest album I've been assigned on this list/game so far (just talking since starting the metal list bits.) and at just 32 minutes and 8 unrelentingly, brashly, impossibly BRUTAL tracks I never feel like I'm worn out and tired of the album nor do I feel it shoulda been longer. It is just right.
Did I like this album? absolutely. But will this be an album and style I return to often? That is less sure. Not sure if i am being honest. This is just so absurdly heavy and fast that It's something I recommend everyone experience at least once. And who knows maybe this will be like my experience with other stuff similarly aggressive where it becomes one of my favorite albums ever and the genre becomes what I love as much as anything. Time will tell I suppose. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2021]
Overall, yeah like I said not much to say, it was really good 70% of the times and the stoner riffs and the very emotional builds on top of the heavy riffage was at times transcendent and brilliant. The other 30% I haven't bought into much and it irked me a little. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2021]
The songs are consistent, and the album flows, the only critiques I have aren’t really major ones - also they are quite vague and unhelpful. Those are: I am not a fan of the vocals. Kinda meh. Next one is I guess I just prefer my BM to be draped in atmosphere or more indecipherable. And if it’s not atmospheric or gauzy or draped in fog I like it massively symphonic. And if neither of those I want it to fucking rock. This has the last characteristic but not the first 2.
And the last critique is so stupid, and it’s 100% on me, but I didn’t quite vibe with this album. Like it may have something to do with my poopy day or mild headache, but in my 2 listens (it deserves more and will get them at some point) it never went from “wow, this is pretty cool” to “Holy shit, let me stop what I’m doing to soak in this absolute beast or a record!”
Okay that’s all. Computer acting weird so I typed this on my phone. Thumbs are sore. Probably more typos even then usual. Apologies for that. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2021]
I listened to Biomech which is essentially a Devin Townsend solo album released a year after this, and I actually kinda loved that album. And I had a similar experience with that Townsend project as this - the upward slope of opinion as I got more and more familiar with what was happening. This album is more industrial and heavier and has less of the stuff I loved on Biomech - I suppose the overwhelmingly and almost sneakily inspiring and emotional pay offs of the songs on Biomech is what I recall adoring the most and that isn't really what I hear here.
Anyway, I'm rambling, But some stuff I noticed and want to point out is how similar to Tocicity-era System of a Down "Oh My Fucking God" sounds. I don't know that SYL was an influence on SOAD, but this one song is proto-soad if ever I heard something like that.
The run of songs from track 2 "All hail The New Flesh" to track 6 "AAA" a A-tier, mad brilliance. And really the short intro track and the albums that follow "AAA" ain't bad either. Honestly right now I'm hearing the track right after "AAA" and its really just as good - completely mental and unhinged and breakneck-brilliant as well.
"Room 429" is honestly not quite like anything I've ever heard. brilliant.
The album is 9 tracks, and 39 minutes and it always seems to fly by, its a really well sequenced and cool as hell metal album. Highly recommended if you like cool (if eccentric) vocals and some incredible riffs and some really cool song structures and a lot of energy. Its dope as hell. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2021]
I still prefer the sludgier sound of Leviathan. Leviathan is a 5/5 all time great album. This, though, being more progressive and having much less of a brute sludge intensity, just takes longer to wind into my heart. But it finally did. This album is 50 minutes of near-perfection. IMO this is the kind of proggy metal that is really quite great. Like, there are Opeth elements here, but somehow Mastodon in changing their sound for this album managed to avoid almost all, nay ALL, the pitfalls of prog metal - the vocals are never corny, the transitions never seem silly and pointless and gratuitous, and the whole album and each song within the album have a logical construction AND a heart that is so impassioned and intense. And when this band gets it sludgy heaviness it is glorious.
The drummer, who stole the fucking show somehow on Leviathan, is still great here but more subdued and less of the spotlight is on him. The songwriting and the construction of these songs seems to be the main focus. The whole band is stellar and the solos are refreshing old school metal classics, the riffs are some of the best I've heard, the vocals while never the best part are always good and sometimes quite amazing.
With their heavy as hell and awesome debut, their all time classic 2nd album, their also great 3rd and this their classic and incredible 4th album, I think I am starting to think Mastodon may be my favorite metal band of the last 30 years (post-peak Slayer and Metallica).
Anyway, yeah I had an about-face on this and my opinions of it. Maybe this game and how it made me listen to Opeth and Edge of Sanity as well as sludge and atmospheric sludge peers, has made it so I can hear more clearly what Mastodon is doing here. Maybe its just that I have had a development of taste and now I don't instantly get annoyed when I hear clean singing in metal anymore. Idk, but whatever lead to me recognizing the brilliance of this album and all early mastodon, I am very happy about it. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2021]
The album also sounds amazing. Really cleanly recorded and every detail shines. I’m no expert on recording techniques, just wanted to say this sounds incredible and dynamic.
The vocals are excellent old school death metal in the best way. The solos and riffs are all killer. And the whole presentation is cool. The subgenre noted for this on RYM is groove metal. I can hear that. There are some parts of these songs where the groove is too good. It just makes you (or me) feel like a badass and, even though the motion contradicts my internal feeling of badassness, my head can’t help but bob.
Anyway, yeah this was great. It was refreshing hearing this. Obscura and None So Vile and even The Sound of Perseverence (all DM albums recently heard for this game) were albums of extremes. Either overwhelmingly fast and avant garde and experimental, or overwhelmingly brutally heavy and fast or incredibly complex and progressive. This album, however, takes old school death metal and just perfects it and it sounds fucking cool as hell.
Edit: particular shout out should be given to the entirety of the title track here. What a fucking powerful riff with an incredible low end bass line rolling underneath the guitar onslaught. Also “Killchain” and
“Granite Wall” and “Anti-Tank” are incredible. The album is consistent as hell but that middle of the album run is mind blowing. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2021]
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