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Mastodon - Hushed And Grim



8.1 | 279 votes |
Release date: 29 October 2021
Style: Progressive stoner metal

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Disc I
01. Pain With An Anchor
02. The Crux
03. Sickle And Peace
04. More Than I Could Chew
05. The Beast
06. Skeleton Of Splendor
07. Teardrinker
08. Pushing The Tides

Disc II
01. Peace And Tranquility
02. Dagger
03. Had It All
04. Savage Lands
05. Gobblers Of Dregs
06. Eyes Of Serpents
07. Gigantium

The Best Progressive Metal Album Of 2021

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

Guest musicians
Dave Witte - percussion

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.2
It’s not grim in the ‘trve kvlt’ sense, but Hushed And Grim is a fairly apt name for Mastodon’s ambitious double album.

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published 03.11.2021 | Comments (21)

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02.11.2021 - 07:28
Rating: 10
hyper

Written by Cthulu on 02.11.2021 at 00:13

A little disappointed by the lack of Brent. He's got the best voice in the band, IMO and he's really under utilized.

and I'm sorta getting weary of Brann. best case scenario he belongs to back vox, doesn't have it in him to be lead. he single handedly ruined OMRTS album for me. haven't listened to that one for a long while
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02.11.2021 - 15:37
gavdann

Written by hyper on 02.11.2021 at 07:28

Written by Cthulu on 02.11.2021 at 00:13

A little disappointed by the lack of Brent. He's got the best voice in the band, IMO and he's really under utilized.

and I'm sorta getting weary of Brann. best case scenario he belongs to back vox, doesn't have it in him to be lead. he single handedly ruined OMRTS album for me. haven't listened to that one for a long while

This.

Tbh I can take or leave Brent but when you've got one of the best vocalists in rock/metal in Troy Sanders, demoting him to a bit part is a travesty.

Brann's sickly sweet voice got too much for me too and I'm not nearly the fan I was circa Leviathan through to Crack the Skye.
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02.11.2021 - 16:35
Desha
delicious dish
Written by Zap on 29.10.2021 at 11:30

Either I missed something, or this does not feature Scott Kelly! Unforgivable if so...

Utterly uninteresting album then, disappointed
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You are the hammer, I am the nail
building a house in the fire on the hill
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02.11.2021 - 18:53
Fallen Ghost
Craft Beer Geek
Coming back from stating this is one of the worst and most uninspired album they have made, to actually pretty much digging Disc 1. I believe the album definitely is a grower. Maybe this should be viewed as two separate releases instead of one long one? Not sure if the physical copies contains two separate discs or not. And if that's the case, I am happy that there is one disc that I like, and can look at the other as a bonus.

Regarding Brent, I really love his voice and found his contribution on Once More Round The Sun great.

Edit: Seeing it was Brann's vocals that people were talking about. Oh well, I like his too
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02.11.2021 - 20:07
Rating: 8
Tuonelan

Written by Karlabos on 02.11.2021 at 00:23

I think when ppl say that they mean too long as in there is too much filler. Like that interlude here, that soft passage there, that part that repeats too much... If they trimmed those the album would be a tad shorter but would be far more enjoyable


You cannot suppress my sarcasm with your reasonableness. Reasonableness is against the rules of metal.
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Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
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04.11.2021 - 22:47
Rating: 8
Blindearth

I would prefer more Brents and less Troys vocals on this album at least.
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07.11.2021 - 08:46
Morbid Angel 13

Never really saw the appeal of this band but they seem to be well respected by many. Their latest sounds like an endless bridge to me, can someone please point out a few good songs by them?
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07.11.2021 - 09:48
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by Morbid Angel 13 on 07.11.2021 at 08:46

Never really saw the appeal of this band but they seem to be well respected by many. Their latest sounds like an endless bridge to me, can someone please point out a few good songs by them?

I've not listened to this one yet, but I enjoyed the album Leviathan, in particular the song "Heart's Alive".
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07.11.2021 - 17:45
Stormm

Written by Morbid Angel 13 on 07.11.2021 at 08:46

Never really saw the appeal of this band but they seem to be well respected by many. Their latest sounds like an endless bridge to me, can someone please point out a few good songs by them?


Crusher Destroyer, March of the fire ants, Ol'e Nessie, Mother puncher, Blood and Thunder, Iron tusk, Aqua dementia Heart's alive, the wolf is loose, crystal skull, sleeping giant, capillarian crest, colony of birchmen, whole album Crack the Skye (especially The Czar and The Last Baron), blasteroid, stargasm, the sparrow, tread lightly, the motherload, ember city, halloween, sultan's curse, steambreather, ancient kingdom, clandestiny, Jaguar god.
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08.11.2021 - 16:06
Morbid Angel 13

Written by Stormm on 07.11.2021 at 17:45

Crusher Destroyer, March of the fire ants, Ol'e Nessie, Mother puncher, Blood and Thunder, Iron tusk, Aqua dementia Heart's alive, the wolf is loose, crystal skull, sleeping giant, capillarian crest, colony of birchmen, whole album Crack the Skye (especially The Czar and The Last Baron), blasteroid, stargasm, the sparrow, tread lightly, the motherload, ember city, halloween, sultan's curse, steambreather, ancient kingdom, clandestiny, Jaguar god.


I asked for few songs, not homework 🤣🤣🤣
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08.11.2021 - 16:09
gavdann

Written by Morbid Angel 13 on 08.11.2021 at 16:06

Written by Stormm on 07.11.2021 at 17:45

Crusher Destroyer, March of the fire ants, Ol'e Nessie, Mother puncher, Blood and Thunder, Iron tusk, Aqua dementia Heart's alive, the wolf is loose, crystal skull, sleeping giant, capillarian crest, colony of birchmen, whole album Crack the Skye (especially The Czar and The Last Baron), blasteroid, stargasm, the sparrow, tread lightly, the motherload, ember city, halloween, sultan's curse, steambreather, ancient kingdom, clandestiny, Jaguar god.


I asked for few songs, not homework 🤣🤣🤣

They're scraping the barrel with some of those selections as well.

Just start with the Leviathan and Crack the Skye albums... in that order.
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08.11.2021 - 16:24
Rating: 8
musclassia

Written by gavdann on 08.11.2021 at 16:09

Written by Morbid Angel 13 on 08.11.2021 at 16:06

Written by Stormm on 07.11.2021 at 17:45

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I asked for few songs, not homework 🤣🤣🤣

They're scraping the barrel with some of those selections as well.

Just start with the Leviathan and Crack the Skye albums... in that order.


To be honest, remove Steambreather and Clandestiny and add Black Tongue and Diamond In The Witch House and that list hits the vast majority of my top Mastodon tracks, but yeah, as an intro to try and get into them it's a bit extensive. I'd probably say March Of The Fire Ants, Hearts Alive, Crystal Skull, Crack The Skye, Tread Lightly and Jaguar God, between them, should give someone unfamiliar with the band a good idea of whether it's worth their time ploughing further into any of their albums
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08.11.2021 - 18:36
Stormm

Written by Morbid Angel 13 on 08.11.2021 at 16:06

Written by Stormm on 07.11.2021 at 17:45

Crusher Destroyer, March of the fire ants, Ol'e Nessie, Mother puncher, Blood and Thunder, Iron tusk, Aqua dementia Heart's alive, the wolf is loose, crystal skull, sleeping giant, capillarian crest, colony of birchmen, whole album Crack the Skye (especially The Czar and The Last Baron), blasteroid, stargasm, the sparrow, tread lightly, the motherload, ember city, halloween, sultan's curse, steambreather, ancient kingdom, clandestiny, Jaguar god.


I asked for few songs, not homework 🤣🤣🤣


Well, I gave you some hooks for every album, I don't know what else is here to do. It's not mandatory to listen to them all, you know...
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11.11.2021 - 10:13
Rating: 8
Dalleo

This was not a shower, but a grower for me. Got really hooked after a few spins. Good effort
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15.11.2021 - 14:39
ickoriss

Really pleased with this album. Great to hear the boys with a darker tone than a lot of their previous releases. Not really detecting much filler here though. I know it's a lengthy record, but I feel like every track deserves to be here.
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23.11.2021 - 22:24
Rating: 9
Tom Muller

Superb work. For me their best since crack the skye
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On The Road To Asa Bay
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06.12.2021 - 05:53
Rating: 7
sgtrobo

Personally offended it's this long. They could cut 5 or 6 songs out easily and end up with a much more tolerable listen.
Some great solos on this one, and of course Dailor's drumming, but christ, so much fat to trim, both with songs that are just not particularly good as well as fat within multiple songs themselves.
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17.12.2021 - 04:42
Rating: 7
Ivy Patterns

As with many Mastodon records it takes time to grow on you. Don't dismiss this one after one or two listens.
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17.12.2021 - 05:44
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by sgtrobo on 06.12.2021 at 05:53

Personally offended it's this long. They could cut 5 or 6 songs out easily and end up with a much more tolerable listen.
Some great solos on this one, and of course Dailor's drumming, but christ, so much fat to trim, both with songs that are just not particularly good as well as fat within multiple songs themselves.

Totally agree. Not sure how anyone can make it all the way through this. I was over it before disc one even ended. Why wouldn’t you release two separate albums and make more money as a band? Doesn’t make any sense.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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17.12.2021 - 07:38
Rating: 7
sgtrobo

Written by Boxcar Willy on 17.12.2021 at 05:44

Written by sgtrobo on 06.12.2021 at 05:53

Personally offended it's this long. They could cut 5 or 6 songs out easily and end up with a much more tolerable listen.
Some great solos on this one, and of course Dailor's drumming, but christ, so much fat to trim, both with songs that are just not particularly good as well as fat within multiple songs themselves.

Totally agree. Not sure how anyone can make it all the way through this. I was over it before disc one even ended. Why wouldn’t you release two separate albums and make more money as a band? Doesn’t make any sense.


agreed 100%.
There's a pretty darn good album interspersed amongst another full album's worth of filler.
No sense at all
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28.01.2022 - 22:47
Alphabob
Account deleted
Damn it
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25.02.2022 - 13:27
Rating: 6
In Bone Factory

Total disappointment
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The End Is Nigh ...
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13.03.2022 - 09:50
Rating: 8
tintinb

I love the whole melodic part of it. I wish it was more heavy though. It sounded like more of a stoner rock, than a stoner metal album.
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Leeches everywhere.
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14.04.2022 - 02:03
Rating: 7
Ivy Patterns

The album is exactly what i says it is: Hushed and Grim. It isn't their most energetic or ambitious record, but it serves its purpose and is enjoyable from time to time.
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