Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

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Sometimes you just have to accept reality. Summer vacation period is over for me. Sad but true. I had a great time though. Crete is a magnificent place. It is a beautiful island and it’s absolutely worthy of your visit. Now i’m back home but to tell you the truth i would had gladly extended my vacations for at least a week if i had the chance.

I think 2017 has been a great year for metal so far. Lately i’ve been listening to Mastodon’s latest full length album, namely ”Emperor of Sand”. This is actually the band’s seventh studio album. Eleven tracks are included in this release. First of all i’d like to comment on the album’s cover artwork and that’s because it’s really cool. I have yet to see a mediocre cover artwork on a Mastodon album. But let’s see what we’ve got here. Let’s just press play. First song is called ”Sultan’s Curse”. It’s a classic Mastodon track and all i can think of is ‘welcome back Mastodon’. Some fans might dislike ”Show Yourself” but i personally liked it. It’s not my favourite song from this album but it’s a cool one for sure. I can’t say the same about ”Precious Stones”. This is a kick ass song. Same goes for ”Steambreather”. In my opinion ”Roots Remain” is an excellent track. Make sure you give it a listen. I’m half way through and so far i’m really enjoying this album. Let’s see what lies ahead. ”Word to the Wise” is another awesome track. Really nice guitar solos can be found here. But we’re far from over. Immense groove can be found in ”Ancient Kingdom”. This song is what some people might call ”catchy” but it is seriously heavy of course. ”Clandestiny” is my least favourite song from ”Emperor of Sand”. I neither hated it nor loved it. ”Andromeda” though is a different case. This song feels like a dive into the band’s early period. I’m definitely down with this song. ”Scorpion Breath” kills. What a beautiful track this is! It also features Scott Kelly and Kevin Sharp on vocals. You should definitely check this one out. Last but not least we find ”Jaguar God”. It is a great track, filled with great melodies. I t works as a perfect outro for this album.

Overall i can say that i quite enjoyed this album. In my opinion ”Emperor of Sand” is a better album than ”Once More ‘Round the Sun”. I guess though this is debatable. The thing is ”Emperor of Sound” is a really nice album and it is surely worthy of your attention. Personally i’d give it an 8 out of 10. Check out this link.

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Noothgrush/ Corrupted – Split

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Hey everybody, how’s it going? It’s time for a new review. Today we review a split album that was released  twenty years ago and will be re-released on August 25 through 20 Buck Spin. Noothgrush and Corrupted need no big introduction. I think we’re talking about two huge bands. Perhaps they never received the credit they deserved. But let’s get back to the album. The album has been remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and the new artwork was made by Hal Rotter of Rotting Graphics. I’d like to say that i really dig the new artwork. Three tracks are included in this release. The first two tracks belong to Noothgrush and the third one to Corrupted. Noothgrush’s two tracks are of course insanely heavy. I don’t think there is any doubt about that. Filled with anger, hate and despair these two sludge monoliths are gonna haunt your playlist for a very long time. ”Inactive” by Corrupted is like a fourteen minute torment that’s impossible to escape from. Even if you have never heard of this band before you should definitely check out this song of theirs. I’ve said it before and i’m gonna say it again. I really like split albums. I also enjoyed this one therefore i would like to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

Primitive Man/Northless – Split

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I’ve said it before and i’m going to say it again. I’m a big fan of Primitive Man. This time they team up with Northless to release this split album. I’ve recently discovered Northless. This split made me want to check out more of their stuff. Four tracks are included in today’s album. Primitive Man contribute with one track while Northless contribute with three. First track, which is called ”Empty Husk” belongs to Primitive Man. It is an epic, massive song. Words are not enough to describe how heavy this song is. My ears felt the barbarism. Just give it a listen and you’ ll see what i’m sayin’ here. As i have already said i’m a newcomer to Northless. There’s no doubt in my mind that these guys know their sludge. I liked all of their songs. Nevertheless if i had to single one out that would have to be ”Wasted Breath”. Hands down, this is a beast of a song. Personally, i must say i quite enjoyed this album. Check out these links:

Dune – Aurora Majesty

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Lately i’ve been listening to this awesome two track album from Dune. Dune is a four piece band from Edinburgh, U.K. ”Aurora Majesty” is their newest release. Their music is an exciting blend of sludge/doom, prog metal and some some crustcore. Whenever bands use the term progressive, i have to admit i’m always, for some reason, i bit reluctant. But the truth is here it definitely works. First song which is called ”Into the Travellers’ Halls is a great track and i have to say that it reminded me a bit of first era Mastodon. Definitely liked those vocals of theirs and their killer riffs as well. ”Of Blade and Carapace” is the album’s second and last track. I loved its crusty intro. And may i say nice part at 02:34. If i should pick a track i would then had to pick ”Of Blade and Carapace”. An epic track in my opinion. Only drawback in this is case is that we only got two tracks unfortunately. Nevertheless the scotish  band delivers a two track album that is highly recommended. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Aurora Majesty”:

Gale – Vol. 1

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Hello, back today with another review. Let me tell you about this album that i have listened to. But let us start in a typical order. Gale is a four piece band from Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Their music is a blend of sludge and doom metal with some elements of post and black metal. Nevertheless, i think there’s no doubt that sludge is the predominant element in their music. On the 21st of October they released ”Vol. 1”. This album is their newest release. It’s a five track album actually. It is clearly an album of immense heaviness. Definitely liked their riffs and their basslines. And i sure as hell like the fact that they incorporated many melodic parts in their music. Even blastbeats can be found. That was a pleasant surprise for me. Basically what i’m trying to say here is that you should definitely check out ”unsung”. An awesome track in my opinion. I think the have managed to put it together and create a fine track. ”Burn your person” is great as well. A truly intriguing track. Heavy, or stoner if you will, meets black metal. Nice. But not only those two. Be sure to check out ”The Counseled”. Personally i loved it. It’s heavy as fuck. As it has already been mentioned this album is heavy as fuck. Nice production also. It kinda reminded me of the Eyehategod sound. Nice album in general. Definitely recommended for sludge/doom metal fans. Listen to this album and find out for yourselves. Links: