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  • Summary: The Atlanta metal band's third album marks their major-label debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    Hearing Blood Mountain in its entirety is like awaking from a coma to discover you have working ears. [Oct 2006, p.206]
  2. 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.
  3. Paste Magazine
    90
    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]
  4. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    The perfect entwining of brain and brawn. [9 Sep 2006, p.37]
  5. Most of the songs show the band in top form.
  6. An album of many highlights but not much visceral or emotional impact.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 83
  2. Negative: 3 out of 83
  1. Aug 10, 2011
    10
    Arguably Mastodon's finest album, an absolute masterclass in experimentation and progressive metal that blows other bands clear out of theArguably 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. Expand
  2. JonathanM
    Feb 3, 2007
    10
    This album is amazing from the beginning to the very end. Mastodon really outdid themselves on this one, and we can expect even greater This album is amazing from the beginning to the very end. Mastodon really outdid themselves on this one, and we can expect even greater things from them in the future. Expand
  3. MikeS
    Sep 15, 2006
    10
    Not the best Mastodon album but still, it sounds damn good. Didnt quite like prog metal until I found mastodon on my computer and it changed Not the best Mastodon album but still, it sounds damn good. Didnt quite like prog metal until I found mastodon on my computer and it changed my entire vision on music.The best ones in my opinion are " Sleeping Giant" and "This Mortal Soil" Expand
  4. samb.
    Jun 25, 2007
    10
    the most creative metal album in a decade, it's features some of the best drumming in years
  5. DeclanM
    Sep 18, 2006
    9
    superb album not as good as leviathan as i like the heavier side of mastodon but definitely one of my albums of the year
  6. Jama
    Sep 18, 2007
    9
    Over the top without being wanky, heavy without being dull, and driven without them taking it too seriously. If you hate this record... you Over the top without being wanky, heavy without being dull, and driven without them taking it too seriously. If you hate this record... you obviously have your ears only painted on. Expand
  7. KenK
    Oct 19, 2006
    0
    That's the worst album of the world: the worst sounds and the worst music of the worst band ¿What happened with Mastodon?

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