Once More 'Round the Sun

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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    89
    Metal purists who still long for Leviathan Part 4 will find new reasons to excoriate their former saviors, but the rest will be too busy marveling at Mastodon's near-perfect fusion of might and melody.
  2. Jun 23, 2014
    82
    Filled to the brim with consistently excellent songs, Once More 'Round The Sun serves as a blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    80
    What glosses over those small, weird choices is the collective strength and sense of purpose found here.
  4. Magnet
    Jul 18, 2014
    80
    A more suitable representation of the band's dynamic capabilities. [No. 111, p.57]
  5. 75
    There could be more structural risk-taking and the band could stand to have more grandiose moments, but, well, you know: Consider them six for six.
  6. Jun 20, 2014
    70
    It’s studied, sure--these guys are superbly technically proficient--but never is the fun obscured by fretwork pyrotechnics.
  7. Jul 3, 2014
    40
    The music still branches off into proggy places, especially in the latter half, but nothing hits hard or is remotely memorable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Aug 6, 2014
    10
    Good Tunes is Good Tunes. Sometimes the worst thing about a band is their fans. Mastodon Rocks. If you can't put on a Mastodon record (anyGood Tunes is Good Tunes. Sometimes the worst thing about a band is their fans. Mastodon Rocks. If you can't put on a Mastodon record (any of them) and have a good time, then you are doing something wrong. The mix on this album blends the band perfectly - rather than making each instrument the "lead". It sounds like a well oiled machine - the mix is intended for the song as a whole rather than just boosting levels. Muy Bueno. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    Although menacing and urgent, Mastodon's Once More 'Round the Sun has to be one of the most uplifting albums that has been released by theAlthough menacing and urgent, Mastodon's Once More 'Round the Sun has to be one of the most uplifting albums that has been released by the Atlanta quartet. It is sure to create a stir with fans of old, but most likely push them further toward mainstream popularity while losing ZERO street credibility. Like Deftones latest Koi No Yokan (which showcases Chino's best vocal performance), the vocal's on OMATS take a quantum leap from the previous efforts; harmonizing like never before, it actually works on tracks like Tread Lightly, Asleep in the Deep and Feast Your Eyes.
    Strong from start to finish, Once More 'Round the Sun becomes more memorable on repeat listens. This is especially true for the second half of the album. The standouts for older Mastodon fans will be the tracks Chimes at Midnight and the album closer Diamond in the Witch House. It's moments like these that give a nod to the past, while still keeping an ever increasing pace toward the future. This is headphone material at its best! I can't believe it, but THEY DID IT AGAIN! ANOTHER MASTERCLASS ALBUM!

    Track Ratings:
    Tread Lightly 9/10
    The Motherload 10/10
    High Road 8.5/10
    Once 'Round the Sun 10/10
    Chimes at Midnight 10/10
    Asleep in the Deep 10/10
    Feast Your Eyes 8/10
    Aunt Lisa 9/10
    Ember City 10/10
    Halloween 10/10
    Diamond In the Witch House 10/10 (on par, but not quite Heart's Alive)

    Final Rating: 95 out of 100 (Round it up to a 10) Not quite perfect, but its close!
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  3. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    After 'The Hunter' I was hoping, that 'Once More 'Round The Sun' will be at least as awesome, as 'Crack the Skye'. And truly it is, maybe evenAfter 'The Hunter' I was hoping, that 'Once More 'Round The Sun' will be at least as awesome, as 'Crack the Skye'. And truly it is, maybe even better! For me, their best song is 'Tread Lightly' (which is also first album track), however all of the album songs are worth listening, the singles 'High Road' and 'Chimes at Midnight' made me very hyped. A must-listen for all Mastodon, Prog and Alternative metal fans! Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2016
    9
    Once More ‘Round the Sun is a fantastic, fun listen, which tips and turns with incredible drum work, guitar work and the best performed vocalsOnce More ‘Round the Sun is a fantastic, fun listen, which tips and turns with incredible drum work, guitar work and the best performed vocals to date – probably – in a slightly inconsistent, but instantly recommendable album — and one of my favourite to listen to nowadays.

    92/100.
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  5. Jul 2, 2014
    8
    At album number six, it's hard to expect Mastodon to keep outdoing themselves which, in my opinion, didn't happen after Crack the Skye. OMRTSAt album number six, it's hard to expect Mastodon to keep outdoing themselves which, in my opinion, didn't happen after Crack the Skye. OMRTS is widely accepted as a sequel to the Hunter, but is a case of the sequel being better than the original.

    It feels more like an album than the Hunter did, as you can tell where you would flip a record. A lot of reviews say "It's more hard rock than heavy metal" and/or "there's no innovation here". They took a risk and did something different; they went for chart success. However, at the same time, it is still easily distinguishable as a Mastodon album. As a fan since Leviathan, I expect Mastodon to switch things up and they did.

    It does feel that Bron is featured a little too much on vocals, especially on the first half. High Road was poised to be a classic Troy-verse/Brent-chorus, but gave us a laughable chorus that just doesn't fit with the rest of the song.

    The Motherload is a good song, but it is obviously there to be put on the radio and get overplayed to hell.

    Aunt Lisa has the odd inclusion of the Coathangers which could've gone over better if not placed at the very end of the song.

    The album truly shines in the middle. Although not re-inventing the wheel, songs like Once More 'Round the Sun, Chimes at Midnight, Feast Your Eyes, and Diamond in the Witch House are definitely songs that will stay in their live rotation for years to come.

    In conclusion, after repeat listens to get used to Aunt Lisa's end and High Road's chorus, it's an album you can listen to from beginning to end. There's no "Creature Lives" which I thought derailed The Hunter at the end. Is it their best album yet? Sadly, no. That crown still belongs to Crack the Skye (or Blood Mountain).
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  6. Jun 27, 2014
    8
    People tend to think of accessible and straight forward as bad things when it comes to metal. Its understandable with a band like Mastodon whoPeople tend to think of accessible and straight forward as bad things when it comes to metal. Its understandable with a band like Mastodon who were known for their technicality and heaviness. However we will always have albums like Remission and Leviathan, when it comes to heaviness. We will always have Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye when it comes to prog. The Hunter really is a good time album and so is Once More Round The Sun. Just like the Hunter it really is a culmination of everything Mastodon has done, with more emphasis on songwriting, catchiness. Its just fun. Even in its weaker moments the album manages to shine. Cannot wait to hear how these songs mix with the rest of their music in a live setting! Expand
  7. Jun 24, 2014
    1
    Everything from the evident lack of interest in the songs from the musicians (stale dynamics, much?) to the flattest, most bland production toEverything from the evident lack of interest in the songs from the musicians (stale dynamics, much?) to the flattest, most bland production to the lamest, most cheesy lyrics I've heard from a good band in a while points to one thing: the end of the Mastodon their most devout early fans used to know and love.

    Any single moment on this album is a stale rip-off of motifs they covered much better and with more heart and soul in previous albums. Disagree? See Remission, Leviathan, Blood Mountain, or even Crack the Skye. Even the good-at-best The Hunter outshines this in almost all respects.
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