I’m going to do this soon as well, 2 more weeks until they’re here with Gojira and Lorna Shore!!!!
Fortunately, you don’t have 40 years worth of me being a hardcore Mastodon fan like I was with the Ryche thread. Only the last 5.
Hands down my current favorite band and something really, really remarkable would have to come out and knock them out of that spot. It’s exactly what I want in a modern metal meets 70’s prog band and the further they go down the prog route, the happier I am. They went from a band where I didn’t care a single bit about the vocals to being enamored with the lyrics and vocals from Crack The Skye onward.
A recent interview with Brann said he’s missing the shorter, banger tunes and after Hushed And Grimm’s length, he wants the next album to be a bit more to-the-point, but none of that means much until the guys are in the studio writing together. The last couple of albums have primarily been him and Bill doing the bulk of the writing, Brent‘s just been coming in after and doing his thing over them.
They’re just a refreshing take on two genres of music I love dearly. Even when they’re doing chugging metal, it doesn’t sound like any other chugging metal band. They definitely have their own sound and their ability to change it up album to album while still sounding like Mastodon is badass.
Brann's drumming has always had that "falling down the stairs and landing on your feet" vibe to his grooves.
Not in the same ballpark, but kind of reminds me of a Meth'd up Keith Moon.
I don’t think that’s far off base at all. He’s reigned himself in over the years. My dad was saying a couple years ago, “I think these guys would be as big as Avenged Sevenfold if the drummer would stop doing some many fills” hahaha, probably also helps A7X that they’re easy on the eyes while Mastodon looks like they walked around with actual mastodons and didn’t even need wardrobe/makeup for their Game Of Thrones appearances.
But yeah, it’s like the dude is going to fly off the rails with every fill, but still comes in perfectly. It’s like Keith Moon holding the sticks for Bill Buford.
I also get a kick out of how he busts his own balls for making a career entirely out of single stroke rolls. There’s a vid of him when he was a teenager playing in a high school band in his parent’s basement, huge kit and he’s just tearin’ it up. Dude used to be a speed metal freak. He also does PERFECT Ozzy and King Diamond voices.