Blood Mountain - Mastodon

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Blood Mountain is everything fans both hoped for and feared. Mastodon has dug even deeper in its foray into prog metal, but without losing an ounce of their power, literacy, or willingness to indulge in hardcore punk, doom, and death metal.
  2. Hearing Blood Mountain in its entirety is like awaking from a coma to discover you have working ears. [Oct 2006, p.206]
  3. Blood Mountain is a big slab to grab, especially shakier bits such as Josh Homme stinking up "Colony of Birchmen."
  4. 60
    Problem is, Blood Mountain's hail of convoluted riffs and abrupt time-signature changes never settles into one of Leviathan's mammoth grooves. [Oct 2006, p.137]
  5. Most of the songs show the band in top form.
  6. One could go on for hours about the qualities of each individual song, but it is the way they coalesce as a whole that makes Blood Mountain an incredible listen from start to finish.
  7. If you’ve any interest, whatsoever, in rock music in any of its subgenre forms, you need to afford Blood Mountain some considerable attention.
  8. Major-label metal hasn't sounded this hungry since Metallica got haircuts. [20 Oct 2006, p.81]
  9. The perfect entwining of brain and brawn. [9 Sep 2006, p.37]
  10. A truly original, innovative, heavy-as-hell, interesting heavy metal record that you can listen to more than twice without wanting to smash it to a million pieces with an axe.
  11. A study in elemental force that rides the line between thrash and plod with enlightened originality and compositional skill to spare. [Dec 2006, p.89]
  12. If Blood Mountain, their brilliantly upsized and unrelenting third album, doesn't confirm their position as the greatest big-time metal crew on earth, I demand a state-by-state recount.
  13. Put simply: there isn't a bad track on 'Blood Mountain', which will be seen as the metal release of this year, on whichever level you care to mention.
  14. With Blood Mountain, Mastodon have completed a three-album arc that most young bands can only dream of, culminating in a record that’s as thrilling as it is multifaceted, as melodic as it is bludgeoning.
  15. When the members of Mastodon decided to make an audiophile's wet dream of a metal album, they abandoned the vein-bulging spontaneity of their former selves.
  16. Baffling, but exhilarating. [Nov 2006, p.144]
  17. Yes, sometimes more is better. [21 Sep 2006, p.82]
  18. Intense, invigorating and beguiling.
  19. 50
    They're still not so great at turning their majesitc heft and pushy paradiddles into memorable songs with hooks. [Oct 2006, p.100]
  20. An album of many highlights but not much visceral or emotional impact.
  21. Blood Mountain is terrifying in scope as well as execution.
  22. Syrupy, multi-tracked vocals akin to Supertramp in a particularly foul mood have replaced the primal roar of old, while their tectonic hugeness has been supplanted by the wearisome over-indulgence of musos at play.
  23. "Blood Mountain" is a strong record by a powerful band nearing an ideal of cohesion.
  24. 80
    Mastodon mostly veer clear of the slick atmospherics that turn other technical metal bands into post-rock wallpaper. [Oct 2006, p.117]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 131 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 81
  2. Negative: 3 out of 81
  1. Aug 10, 2011
    Arguably Mastodon's finest album, an absolute masterclass in experimentation and progressive metal that blows other bands clear out of the water. An astounding musical achievement that deserves the recognition and reputation it has gathered since it's release. This is a record that every metal fan should own in his or her respective collection. Full Review »
  2. KirkS
    Oct 24, 2006
    Mastodon still isn't getting the attention they deserve. They're the best new rock band of the last several years and they keep getting better and better. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2014
    From the opening track onward, Mastodon take you through a majestic progressive metal heaven. Arguably some of the best drumming ever, combined with technical guitar riffs, make this the most memorable Mastodon album to date. Full Review »