I am not particularly personally invested in Mastodon. As they rose and took on the mantle of “the next Metallica”, I was busy digging deep into dub, bass music and their intersection with hip-hop to even notice.
I hadn’t even read their name until maybe 2007 at a push. It’s taken me this long to get into Remission (which I quite like), let alone any of the others of their so-called golden run.
So I couldn’t really give a shit what they do. Yet it doesn’ t take a genius to see this new Mastodon video Curl of the Burl as an ominous sign the forthcoming The Hunter album is going to be the Atlanta, Georgians’ Bob Rock moment.
This single is a bit… boring. The guitars lack heft while the vocals are very 90s alt-metal. The main riff, which along with vocal refrain repeats ad nauseam, is generic late-period QOTSA. While I’m certainly partial to the odd slab of stoner rock, the song doesn’t really go anywhere.
Another track Black Tongue is doing the rounds and while it’s got a bit more bite, it’s no March of the Fire Ants.
Now that’s what I call riffage. If that makes me a metal elitist twat then so be it.
I fervently hope Baroness don’t go down this stodge-rock route with their new album. I would literally cry big man tears and have a big man tanty. You don’t want that on your conscience now Baizley, ya hear?