Leviathan (Relapse Records 2004)

Album review

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Mastodon continue to redefine "heavy", and lay waste to all that is boring and stagnant in metal with their 2nd full length album. "Leviathan" satisfies cravings for those who dream of what Metallica would sound like if they were still 23 and were really into Neurosis.

Oh, but this is so much more. Mastodon still dazzle us with the technical prowess they've displayed on every release thus far, but they've managed to do so without repeating themselves. This album is no "Remission 2". The vocals vary in style from song to song, and well, you never know what's coming from the guitars in this band until they hit you. Fluid, yet crushing riffs, combined with Dailor's insane drumming, result in a collection of unique sounding tracks. Nothing boring or repetitive here. "Seabeast" and "Naked Burn" should be welcome surprises. "Hearts Alive" reminds one of "The Call Of Kutulu" or "Orion", while the instumental "Joseph Merrick" goes in another direction altogether. Another huge step towards Mastodon's ascension to the metal throne.

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Reviewed by: Wolfie