Emperor Of Sand

End Of Album Songs: Mastodon

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Since the turn of the century, Mastodon have blazed their own trail and cemented themselves in rock music as one of the greats. Every album of theirs gets better and better. That’s pretty hard to do these days but, the gents in Mastodon have found the way to not just do that but also to make albums cool again. All their albums, even the somewhat disappointing The Hunter, have something special about them. Not to mention that all their albums have amazing closing songs. Check them out below and then I recommend listening to all their albums!

 

Elephant Man (from Remission):

 

Joseph Merrick (from Leviathan):

 

Pendulous Skin (from Blood Mountain):

 

The Last Baron (from Crack The Skye):

 

The Sparrow (from The Hunter):

 

Diamond In The Witch House feat- Scott Kelly of Neurosis (from Once More Round The Sun):

 

Jaguar God (from Emperor Of Sand):

 

Ultimate Set List & Tour: Mastodon with Neurosis & O’Brother

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I had an idea recently to expand upon the Ultimate Set List category. I thought that if I were to put together a “dream tour” scenario into the aether, that maybe, just maybe, it might come true. The first one I came up with involves Mastodon, Neurosis and the very awesome, O’Brother. All three of these bands have released fantastic new albums. Mastodon’s Emperor Of Sand is well on it’s way to my album of the year for 2017. O’Brother put out Endless Light, one of the top 5 albums of 2016 and, Neurosis, well they continue to put out quality albums with their newest, 2016’s Fires Within Fires.

With all that in mind, here are the guidelines for this now expanded category.

1: Where would you want to see the show

2: What is the order/set lengths of the bands

3: What line up of the band would it be (If necessary)

4: maximum 25 songs (In order of how the set should go)

 

Venue:

The Fonda Theatre- Hollywood CA

Order/Set Length:

1) O’Brother- 45 mins, 2) Neurosis- 75mins, 3) Mastodon- 100mins

Set Lists:

O’Brother:

1) Slow Sin
2) Your Move
3) Absence
4) Bloodlines
5) Endless Light
6) Complicated End Times
7) Ascension
8) Burn
9) I Am (Become Death)

Neurosis:

1) Through Silver and Blood
2) Bending Light
3) We All Rage In Gold
4) Under The Surface
5) Left To Wander
6) Belief
7) Stones From The Sky

Mastodon:

1) Sultan’s Curse
2) Crystal Skull
3) Iron Tusk
4) Steambreather
5) Oblivion
6) Chimes At Midnight
7) Ancient Kingdom
8) Colony Of Birchmen
9) Dry Bone Valley
10) Andromeda
11) Ember City
12) The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
13) Roots Remain
14) Sleeping Giant
15) Asleep In The Deep
16) Crack The Skye (with Scott Kelly)
17) Jaguar God

Encore:

18) Blood And Thunder
19) Crusher Destroyer
20) Mother Puncher
21) March Of The Fire Ants

Album Review: Mastodon- Emperor Of Sand

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Mastodon are one of the best bands to come out in the last 15 years. They have always been a band that stuck to their guns and let the music speak for itself. They have managed to evolve as a band as organically as possible. When you have four members that all fit together to create something so deep and poignant, it leaves a lasting mark. On their new album Emperor Of Sand, Mastodon gets back to what they do best, making albums. Drawing from their personal struggles and family tragedies of cancer, Emperor Of Sand tells the tale of a desert wanderer who has been handed a death sentence. This album is one of their deepest lyrically since Crack The Skye. So much so that, when you are listening to the album the story and words take you on a journey that is separate from the music. There is something truly remarkable about this album with its ability to give you two different ways to listen. One being just the music and the other with the lyrics and story.

Working with Brendan O’Brien again, who was in the producers chair for Crack The Skye, gets the band back on track. Songs like opener “Sultan’s Curse,” “Precious Stones,” “Roots Remain,” “Ancient Kingdom,” “Andromeda,” Scorpion Breath (featuring Scott Kelly of Neurosis on guest vocals) and closer “Jaguar God,” all have the Mastodon DNA ingrained in them. Other songs like “Steambreather,” Word To The Wise,” and Clandestiny,” see the band stepping out of their comfort zone a bit more and experimenting with different melodies and tones. The one odd ball song on the album “Show Yourself” is the biggest departure Mastodon has ever done. The lyrics and theme of the song really fit with the album, but musically it’s a sharp left turn.

All in all, Mastodon, has really dug deep and returned with a fantastic album. They are masters at what they do and it shows. They are truly making complete albums, something that a lot of bands seem to be forgetting about. After listening through the album a few times, I’ve determined that it’s sonically similar to Crack The Skye with a bit of Once More Round The Sun, and a dash of Blood Mountain. Mastodon are one of the few bands since the turn of the century to really leave a lasting mark. Had they come out in the 90’s, I think they would have been one of the biggest bands of the era. Not only that but, I think they would have a Tool-esque following.

Overall Rating: A

 

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Anticipated Albums: Mastodon- Emperor Of Sand

 

 

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Mastodon are one of the best bands to come out since the turn of the century. They have evolved as a band in the best possible way without compromising their artistic integrity. All of their albums, with the exception of The Hunter, are classics and influential. Their ability to write “albums” sets them apart from their peers in the rock and metal circles. Their new album Emperor Of Sand (in stores March 31,2017), is gearing up to be an album of the year contender. From the three songs released, you can tell that Troy, Brann, Bill, and Brent are in sync and ready to deliver another gem.

Sultan’s Curse:

 

Show Yourself:

 

Andromeda:

 

The Making of Emperor Of Sand:

 

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Part 2:

 

Part 3:

 

Part 4:

 

Part 5:

 

Great Guest Vocalists on Albums: Scott Kelly of Neurosis

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When creating an album, a lot of bands have a thought in their mind while writing that certain songs would sound great if they could get someone from one of their main influences to sing on that song. Mastodon has done that constantly. One of their big influences is Neurosis and they have managed to get Scott Kelly to sing on 5 of their albums and songs (Leviathan, Blood Mountain, Crack The Skye, The Hunter, Once More Round The Sun, and Emperor Of Sand. Scott’s vocals are very prominent in the mix and it fits so well with the music that the guys in Mastodon have created. It seems as though Scott is the unofficial fifth member of the band. Perhaps one day Scott will just do an entire album with Mastodon. Below are the songs in which they have collaborated on. Enjoy!!!

Aqua Dementia from Leviathan:

 

Crystal Skull from Blood Mountain:

 

Crack The Skye from Crack The Skye:

 

Spectrelight from The Hunter:

 

Diamond In The Witch House from Once More Round The Sun:

 

Scorpion Breath from Emperor Of Sand:

By: Brian Lacy