Cory, would it go too far to call this Mastodon's attempted prog album? Or is it as simple as they just haven't found what they're searching for?
It would be fair to call this the Mastodon record I won't be listening to that much.
I pretty much agree with this review, I know some other sites gave this record ridiculously good reviews. It's definately good, but it's not that amazing.
I have to agree with the reviewer full hearted. Remission is a hard act to follow. While there are many great moments on Leviathan, I'm sure many will be a bit disappointed, only due to the anticipation. My favorite tracks are Hearts Alive, a very long opus that travels high and low; Iron Tusk cause the riffing is true to Mastodon's signature; and I Am Ahab, again. Some of the lyrics that I can make out right away almost kill the moment for me too. the disc opens with a very clear, "I think
WOW!! way to go against the grain man...you are so kewwwwwwwll!!
I think, for the most part, Cory hit the nail on the head with this review. This album is better than just about anything out there, but if you hold it up to the standard set by Remission, it falls short. I had heard that this record was going to be more of a "rock" record, but I don't hear it. I heard that there was going to be a lot more "singing", but I don't hear that either. What I do hear is a more straight forward Mastodon, simplified to the point of almost losing the nuances that made th
You know, being a rabid fan of Mastodon, I read this and almost spat my cereal at the monitor in fury of this PRICK who DARED to CUSS my FAVOURITE band. Yeah. OH!!!!!! MAN!!!!!!!! I'VE POO'ED MYSELF!!!!!!!!! But, reading it over a few times... Cory, you hit the nail on the head. Well done for an excellent and unbiased review. These are my exact thoughts on the album, but I just couldn't articulate them well enough in my head. I shall send you a free piece of fruit. Mayhaps, a PLUM!!!!!!
good job pointing out how everything sounds like something else. There's a riff in "megalodon" that sounds exactly like a riff in metallica's welcome home sanitarium
i agree with this review, nothing more than a 7
My bro Cory did an awesome job with this review. It's not the review I would have written -- I love the album and think it's the best thing they've done so far -- but you can really tell that Cory was just telling it how he saw it, without glossing over anything. Excellent, well-written, unbiased review.
You must have ridiculously high standards if you think that this is a mediocre album. But hey it's your opinion.
wheres all the correct posts? I mean the ones telling him that his review TOTALLY f*ckING BLEW GOAT jerk?~??!?!?!??~?~?~?!?~!?!~?!~!~?? Nice job editing all hte posts
lol Iron Tusk doesnt sound anything like Lamb of God. Swedish influence?? I think this record is a gigantic step up for Mastodon, it isnt as raw as Remission and is also a whole lot smarter. I would take any song off Leviathan over any song off Remission. I'm not sure why some people don't see that. I'm also confused as to why every response on here agrees with the writer.
because cory is popular and everyone loves what he says whether its correct or not
because cory is popular and everyone loves what he says whether its correct or not posted by () on 8/23/2004 10:28:52 AM no it's because this album is mastodon's weakest effort
Opinions are like jerks, everyone has em. Mine is that this band is overated. From the songs I heard I wouldn't give it more than a 7. I wouldn't give it a 7 because I'm not into it at all, but that's not the bands problem. Doing what they are doing I think a 7 is totally fair. This band is overrated.
over rated? Man, you guys are f*ckin crazy. I've listened to it 6 times this morning since getting it, and it owns me. It's funny how when a band starts getting popular all the "too cool" people need to distance themselves from band, and be "non conformists". I listened, I loved it, and I disagree with Cory, so f*ck off.
this album is fantastic. quick breaking shit down, and just enjoy it.
This Album is honestly the best album of the last 10 years and next 10 years. These guys have all been in ear bleed technical bands. They are probably just trying to make something a little more rockish. The concept is genius. The art work is genius the music is genius. The southern sounding guitar work is humorous enough to remind us that it is just a fun CD. Its funny, people complain about the over played drums, but then complain about the predictable guitar work. INTERNET IS FOR gayS LIKE
I f*cking love this album. I had it download, bought the vinyl, and today bought the cd for the DVD tracks. Battle At Sea RULES. that should have been recorded. This album is so good. I think it is equal ot remission. I can see how people think this band is overrated, probably because it simply isn;t their thing. Much like I think any tough guy shit is trash. Terror, now there is overrated people. my god.
this might not be all that you expected, but it's way better than most of the shit that people worship. yeah thats pretty much it, this cd rules and it has guest vocals from clutch.
This album kicks ass, i would have given it an 8.5/10 but then again I give Remission a 9/10.. This album is definitely not as bad or disappointing as Cory makes it sound. To me, Remission had a little more direction, and had a lot more memerable parts, such as catchy riffs, and really f*cking cool progressions.. The new album is lacking slightly in the "direction" area.. i know it's a concept album, but i think the overall cohesivness of the album slightly lacked when compaired to Remission; wh
Album of the year thus far. This record stands head and shoulders above Remission (of which I was a huge fan) the same way Oceanic stood head and shoulders above Celestial. Yeah, it's a little less heavy/mopy but it's also a little less mopy. Instead of making their already intelligent, over-the-top assault even more calculated and over the top (a la Miss Machine) they've refined it and smoothed out the edges. High expectations be damned, this album blew me away like no album since - well, s
I'm Not Sure, maybe this one needs to grow on me... This is the first release where I havent seen the songs played live first. Still the best album so far this year! I can't wait for the new ISIS!...
Interesting - I was blown away by this album. Remission was great, but for some reason I just didn't listen to it that often. On Leviathan, I think Mastodon fit riffs and passages together beautifully, and I think that's what was missing on Remission. So to see this many naysayers in the comments, and the relatively low 7/10... hmmm. I suppose I'll have to see if I've just overblown my initial reaction, but I was expecting a 9/10. And oh yea, NEW ISIS ALMOST HERE! WOO-HOO!
you guys suck. cory you suck. this album is awesome. get some taste.
Mastadon sucks. I hate them. They aren't even good live. There is nothing good about this band. In fact, most of their "songs" consist of the 4 members playing what seems to be 4 totally different songs. I wish they weren't popular.
this is a terrible f*cking review. look at this terible sentence: 'The emulated sound of waves at the beginning of "Hearts Alive" is a great atmospheric touch that a lesser band certainly wouldn't have thought of.' pure idiocy. Who would have thought - an album about whaling with ocean sound effects ? And this album IS brilliant. Whoever wrote this review knows pigshit about Moby Dick and what it means. If you would quit waiting to headbang for a few minutes and listen, you might apprec
If you like Mastodon, check out Thee Plague of Gentlemen. A little more Doomy but every bit as Rockin' Out.
Amazing album, amazing musicians, all around great. A 9/10 just because of how much this album feels like you are on the ocean 10/10 because it is the best album of this short century.
im a f*ckin idiot with a dick in my mouth, i am cory. i dont like anything that is popular just because its popular. someone please shoot me.