Wednesday, August 02, 2006

#97 - Iron Tusk - Mastodon - Leviathan (2004)

Iron Tusk falls in the center of Mastodon's highly acclaimed Leviathan. This album crosses the sub genres and delivers a complex heavy album, worthy of its praise. The song Iron Tusk in particular is my personal favorite here. The drumming is sick, the guitars are wailing and the pace is furious.

I saw Mastodon in the summer of 2005 opening for Maiden, but really did not see much of their show due to circumstances beyond my control; plus the venue had crappy sound, so it would have been tough to enjoy the show. I do recall this tune in the set, as it does stand out. A recommended album for fans of extreme metal.


Metal Mark said...

I think on Leviathon that the band was starting to show how they could blend elements of death, thrash and classic metal into one. It's not always seemless and flawless, but it works. I am hoping the new album will see them go more in the direction they were going with this album.

T-_Bone said...

Mark - I agree, I think they could improve on Leviathan. It is a real good album, but pretty uneven, and some of the songs don't really work.