Release date: 24 June 2014
Style: Progressive stoner metal

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8.2 | 367 votes

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01. Tread Lightly
02. The Motherload
03. High Road
04. Once More 'Round The Sun
05. Chimes At Midnight
06. Asleep In The Deep [feat. Valient Himself & Ikey Owens]
07. Feast Your Eyes
08. Aunt Lisa [feat. The Coat Hangers & Gary Lindsey]
09. Ember City
10. Halloween
11. Diamond In The Witch House [feat. Scott Kelly]

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Line-up
Brent Hinds - guitars, vocals
Bill Kelliher - guitars, backing vocals
Brann Dailor - drums, vocals
Troy Sanders - bass, vocals

Guest musicians
Scott Michael Kelly - vocals
The Coathangers - backing vocals
Valient Himself - backing vocals
Ikey Owens - synth

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.4
A new album from Mastodon always promises fresh material, and the band dutifully oblige with the tantalising colour of their latest release. So here we go again, in riff raving fashion, Once More 'Round The Sun.

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published 02.07.2014 | Comments (25)

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Ace Frawley - 17.07.2014 at 10:43  
Rating: 8 I dunno, some of this stuff is just so catchy that it gets stuck in my head like a pop song and I can't get rid of it and then I start hating it. Still love it but maybe loving it too much, if that makes sense.
Jaeryd - 17.07.2014 at 19:58  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 17.07.2014 at 09:38

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.07.2014 at 09:07

I would say it's pretty obvious now that they'll most likely never make another album like Remission or Leviathan because they're done with that and have clearly moved on



But we know some of the fans never move on. Personally I've figured if I squint so hard my eyes are shut when looking at the date, it's 1992 again .

I'm not asking them to remake the same album. It's perfectly fine for a band to change their sound--in fact, it's almost irritating when a band keeps releasing the same shit over and over again.

The thing is, I'm not talking about the same style or sound, but the level of quality. Again, Crack the Skye was awesome. It was almost as good as their first two, but sounded completely different. I'm all for a change in sound, I'm just saying that I don't think they'll make something that affects me as much as a listen through Remission or Leviathan does. This album and The Hunter haven't even gotten close.
Jaeryd - 17.07.2014 at 19:59  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.07.2014 at 09:07

Written by Jaeryd on 17.07.2014 at 07:46
It's pretty obvious now that they'll most likely never again make another album of the same level of quality as Remission or Leviathan...

How can you compare quality between albums that are so far apart stylistically?

See my comment above. It was actually directed towards you, but I accidentally quoted the wrong person.

Also, I can compare things that are so different stylistically the same way people can say "I think that Mastodon makes more interesting music than Gojira." It's not about sounding the same, it's about one completely different thing sounding just as good as (or better/worse than) another completely different thing. Like how I like John Coltrane's "Blue Train" album just about as much as I like Rainbow's "Rising" album, or something to that effect.
Zaphod - 20.07.2014 at 20:17  
Rating: 8 I saw the mouuuuuuuntaaaain cruuuuuuumble doooooooooown
MétalNoir - 22.07.2014 at 15:49  
  Great album, made me want to listen more from a band I've been overlooking for years, not sure why.
Gelati - 22.07.2014 at 23:24  
Rating: 8 I've never really been a huge Mastodon guy but this album really got me going. I dig.
Alex Fenger - 25.07.2014 at 20:11  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 11.07.2014 at 06:54

Oh yes I'll disagree. Nothing beats those albums for sheer demented aggression.

But as a band Mastodon have not got worse - they've just changed. I'm noticing a trend that for many it's either the old stuff or the new stuff.

I actually completely agree with you here. While I personally prefer their earliest two albums to anything else they've done, Crack the Skye and OM'RtS have there place in time where all I want to do is jam out to The Last Baron, or now The Motherload
deadone - 12.08.2014 at 08:58  
Rating: 8 This album is really intriguing. On some level I really like it but on another level I am undecided as to how much I enjoy it. I do enjoy the more straight forward rock/metal tracks ala Chimes At Midnight, Ember City and Feast Your Eyes than the proggier ones.There's a lot to absorb and I think it's one of those albums I will need to spend considerable time with to "get".

And even then I'm not sure if I will "get" it. It's definitely worth trying though.

EDIT: Additionally sometimes this album makes me think of a wierder Sloug Feg.
Zaphod - 18.08.2014 at 23:14  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 12.08.2014 at 08:58

EDIT: Additionally sometimes this album makes me think of a wierder Sloug Feg.

The Lord Weirder Slough Feg?
Hehe.
...
...
I should kill myself.
Butters49 - 11.09.2014 at 04:54  
Rating: 8 I honestly thought that they would have ran out of steam by now.
Great album.
Boxcar Willy - 23.09.2014 at 05:04  
Rating: 8
Written by Butters49 on 11.09.2014 at 04:54

I honestly thought that they would have ran out of steam by now.
Great album.

Kinda how I thought this album was going to sound, but I was surprised, it's really good.
deadone - 23.09.2014 at 05:16  
Rating: 8 I think it's a real grower and I'm pretty certain I'm going to buy it.
Joe Zombie - 10.10.2014 at 17:34  
Rating: 8 For years I could never get into Mastodon, but recently I revisited their discography and all their material has grown on me. This album is no exception. Solid, catchy, and decidedly more straight forward than their earlier releases.
Lethrokai - 10.10.2014 at 17:45  
Rating: 6 I... just don't feel it. There wasn't anything particularly bad about this, but nothing really impressed me either. I was just sitting around, waiting for something to happen.
nocty - 24.10.2014 at 09:51  
 
Written by Ace Frawley on 17.07.2014 at 10:43

I dunno, some of this stuff is just so catchy that it gets stuck in my head like a pop song and I can't get rid of it and then I start hating it. Still love it but maybe loving it too much, if that makes sense.

i feel you completely
go lsten to the new at the gates album
its one of the best of the century
this album is top 5 of the year and altogether a masterpiece cant say its not well made.
yeah1980 - 25.10.2014 at 12:28  
Rating: 7 Even tho I can understand there is a lot of technique and creativity inside this record, it doesn't "get" me.
So far it is the less interesting release from Mastodon, but it could be that with time I will change my mind, I had just a few listenings...
deadone - 27.10.2014 at 01:21  
Rating: 8 I love this album.

I'm glad they've gone more "commercial." The more straight forward approach works a lot better for me than their previous prog metal leanings.

I think Once More Round The Sun is as good as Remission or Leviathan. Seems I need my Mastodon either extremely heavy or extremely commercial.
Jaeryd - 07.11.2014 at 23:03  
Rating: 8 Yeah, definitely better than the Hunter. Better than Blood Mountain, too (I never really liked Blood Mountain that much). Really solid album. Glad I got to see them play some of these tracks live.
musclassia - 11.11.2014 at 17:24  
Rating: 9 Listening to it once again, in preparation for them playing the whole album on tour later this month. Over time I've found myself going from enjoying High Road less than the rest of the album to now actively disliking it. It just kills the momentum from the first two tracks, and whilst I'm not sure I'd count any of the songs on the album as brilliant, they're all consistently fine with great moments, aside from this tedious chugger. Why it was the leading song I have no idea.
Ace Frawley - 12.11.2014 at 05:22  
Rating: 8
Written by musclassia on 11.11.2014 at 17:24

Listening to it once again, in preparation for them playing the whole album on tour later this month. Over time I've found myself going from enjoying High Road less than the rest of the album to now actively disliking it. It just kills the momentum from the first two tracks, and whilst I'm not sure I'd count any of the songs on the album as brilliant, they're all consistently fine with great moments, aside from this tedious chugger. Why it was the leading song I have no idea.


Maybe because of the catchy chorus? Which is a good change-up from those chugging verses with Troy singing roughish vocals. On another issue, just so happy that Brann is playing a lot of china crash on this album.
deadone - 12.11.2014 at 05:26  
Rating: 8 I didn't like High Road initially but like it now.

It does throw a spanner in the works in terms of album flow but it's a great song so I don't really care. Maybe if it was further along in the album it might interrupt the flow less.
musclassia - 12.11.2014 at 10:41  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 12.11.2014 at 05:22

Written by musclassia on 11.11.2014 at 17:24

Listening to it once again, in preparation for them playing the whole album on tour later this month. Over time I've found myself going from enjoying High Road less than the rest of the album to now actively disliking it. It just kills the momentum from the first two tracks, and whilst I'm not sure I'd count any of the songs on the album as brilliant, they're all consistently fine with great moments, aside from this tedious chugger. Why it was the leading song I have no idea.


Maybe because of the catchy chorus? Which is a good change-up from those chugging verses with Troy singing roughish vocals. On another issue, just so happy that Brann is playing a lot of china crash on this album.


Maybe I guess, by this point I don't even find the chorus catchy anymore, just dreary. I still like the instrumental bridge, but then I like all the instrumental bridges on the album so it's not that big a deal. But if people do like it, more power them.
Mary N. - 01.12.2014 at 21:55  
Rating: 8 First time I listened to this around 3 am out of town riding to airport, it was raining, such great record to hear in the car.

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