But it made me wonder if guys like this lead singer will be due to lose their vocal cords in years to come. Better lay in some serious medical insurance - don't you think?
VERDICT: THROW IT OUT
I'm not a big metal fan. Generally, I like my music to be more fun and less serious than a lot of metal takes itself to be. But in a few instances, a band jumps out, grabs me by my skinny neck and shakes me like a motherfucker. Mastodon is one such band.
It is a combination of the blisteringly fast riffs, the rapid time changes and the seemingly higher intellect of their lyrics that does it for me. The double pronged attack of twin guitars, riffing over the top of a machine-gun-fire snare and fat-as bass are like aural sculptures. Sure, not everyone appreciates such sculpture, but thankfully, I get this.
The other thing I like about it is they don't mess about with over-long lead guitar breaks, eschewing these for smart, whip-crack riffs that leave the listener breathless. I fucking love it! And it seems I'm not the only one, with the band gaining some big names fans in people like QOTSA front man Josh Homme, Cedric from At The Drive In and Neil Fallon from Clutch. They've toured with Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot and have garnered accolades from the metal and wider music-loving community right around the world. As they should. Blood Mountain is a metal fan's wet dream come true.
Mine, however, is probably bleeding from the ears right now...
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
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