MASTODON

Once More ‘ Round The Sun Warner

Blunt - - In Review -

From bizarre con­cept al­bums and el­e­men­tal themes they smartly never let them­selves get com­fort­able; each new Mastodon record brings change for the At­lanta quar­tet. Es­chew­ing the shin­ing bru­tal­ity of 2011’s The Hunter, on Once More ‘Round The Sun Mastodon em­brace their more South­ern in­cli­na­tions and in­ject their sludgy psychedelia with gleam­ing clas­sic metal. With pro­ducer Nick Rasku­linecz (Foo Fighters, Triv­ium) adding his mix of sharp rock gruff­ness, the riffs of lead sin­gle “High Road” – as well as the re­lent­less bounce (!?) of “Hal­loween” – show a fo­cused new side of Mastodon. Once More ‘Round The Sun refers to the cy­cle of time and the evo­lu­tion of cre­ativ­ity, some­thing the al­bum re­flects only too well.

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