There are no glosses. No melodic breaks. No piano. No orchestra. No female sirens. No flashy solos. No gimmicks. You either get the rhythm section right or get out. For the most part, Mastodon succeed, but this kind of approach to heavy rock album making results in tired ears, a headache and a longing for such hits as “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “How Deep is Your Love”. I can roughly state that the lyrical matter and concepts deal with some weird kind of Moby Dick fantasy about the deep waters, huge whales and sinking ships. In the beginning all the songs will seem interchangeable, but some stand out due to the rampaging, heavy as shit riffs and fantastic lead guitar breaks. Recommended. Also has some Southern Rock-esque riffs clouding the airwaves in a couple of places.
Recommended Songs: – Hearts Alive, Megalodon