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Old 03-30-2017, 06:18 PM   #1221
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Saw this band play at Ship & Anchor for Sled Island a few years back. Not a huge fan but they're great live.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:06 PM   #1222
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Can't get enough of the new Mastodon album. I rarely buy physical copies anymore, but this one I simply had to get. "The Hunter" and "Once Round the Sun" didn't really do a lot for me, but this one seems very much like a return to form. We'll see if it can challenge "Crack the Skye" in terms of longevity, but I wouldn't be surprised ... there are some seriously outstanding songs on there. They've always been great musicians, but I feel they've improved tremendously as vocalists and the balance between heavy riffs and catchy hooks is just right on "Emperor of Sand". Hats off!






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Old 03-31-2017, 04:58 PM   #1223
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Yep I've given it a couple of spins today and although one or two songs may have struck me as a little filler-ish, the album as a whole seems to stand out more than the previous two.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:27 PM   #1224
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I've been a big Mastodon fan since the beginning. Personally, I really loved their sludgey sound on Lifesblood, Remission, and Leviathan. But I also really enjoy all their recent "progressive metal" albums since.

That being said, I think Emperor of Sand is my favourite out of their work post-Leviathan. The other albums I tend to enjoy a handful of songs more than the album as a whole, but I really enjoy this one top to bottom.

Still, their early albums were amazing IMO.





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Old 03-31-2017, 05:33 PM   #1225
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I'll get to the new Mastodon eventually, I would agree the last two albums have been meh, but that's the problem when you set a high standard. But I threw on Alien today and yeah there's really no doubt this is the pinnacle of insanity. Does it get any better than "I CAN'T EVEN EAT! AND I CAN'T EVEN ####ING PISS!". God bless you Devin.

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I'll get to the new Mastodon eventually, I would agree the last two albums have been meh, but that's the problem when you set a high standard. But I threw on Alien today and yeah there's really no doubt this is the pinnacle of insanity. Does it get any better than "I CAN'T EVEN EAT! AND I CAN'T EVEN ####ING PISS!". God bless you Devin.
So good.

Though the SYL song "Happy Camper" may have it beat for pure insanity:
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I never really got into "Remission" and the other very early stuff. They won me over back then with some stuff on "Leviathan", especially the crazy country riff right in the middle of "Megalodon". And then there was "Seabeast", and its final 45 seconds almost made me want to go and hunt for Moby Dick myself.



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Old 04-04-2017, 11:59 PM   #1228
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Emperor of Sand is definitely the best they've put out since Crack the Skye I'd say, after having listened quite a few times. The Mastodon purists seem to really dislike Brann Dailor's increased vocal presence on the album, but I find that his soaring style is refreshing and brings a great emotional element to the album.
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Old 04-14-2017, 06:11 PM   #1229
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I like these guys, decent new thrash and I get a kick out of his vocals.

First song I heard from them on a cheap compilation I got at Recordland a while back.


Something off their new album
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Diggin the latest Sabaton album. This song makes me want to ride into battle beside William Wallace

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It's Insomnium for me 24/7 right now. Their latest album "Winter's Gate" is a masterpiece ... the remarkable thing about this one is that it's just one 40 minute long song. I was skeptic about it at first, but they manage to pull it off. Never gets boring and has a lot of great moments. Melodeath fans should check it out, sadly it's not on Youtube though.

Also discovering their discography by going backwards. Outstanding band.





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It's Insomnium for me 24/7 right now. Their latest album "Winter's Gate" is a masterpiece ... the remarkable thing about this one is that it's just one 40 minute long song. I was skeptic about it at first, but they manage to pull it off. Never gets boring and has a lot of great moments. Melodeath fans should check it out, sadly it's not on Youtube though.

Also discovering their discography by going backwards. Outstanding band.
I am listening to this right now and it is unreal. It is on google music if you have a subscription.
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Post #1145 of this thread from all the way back in September I posted winters gate. Somehow I've forgotten I had this album and now refreshing my ears. And oh the feast of melododeath perfection. Seriously, I do not think any band does melododeath better than insomnium, especially in the last three or four years.

Shade Empire is coming on fast and hard though, if you're digging insomnium, really give your ears a really good Shade Empire bath.

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those who like "Winter's Gate" should also check out "Plague of Butterflies" by Swallow the Sun. Epic.

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