Once More 'Round The Sun
Mastodon - 2014
Maybe it’s just my perception, but metal fans tend to be the whiniest of all music fans. Their favorite band is always “selling out”, or “not as good as the earlier stuff”. Mastodon has taken a lot of that type of criticism over the last few years from the metal community for abandoning their earlier sound, but I’ve thought it’s been for the better. Their earlier records had very unintelligible lyrics, and loooong songs that were nearly as epic as the topics they were about. (their album Leviathan is a concept album about the novel Moby Dick) Over the last few albums they’ve recorded with a higher production value and pushed the vocals to the front of the mix. They’ve also kept the song lengths to a more modest 5-6 minutes for the most part. They’ve embraced their place as the face of today’s metal, and in order to do that you have to appeal to a slightly wider audience.