3. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
Another incredibly ambitious band. However, this time around they toned it down even more than last time. Yet still they struck, relative, gold. ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’ sees the progressive elements take even more of a back seat. It feels more radio friendly but at the same time elements of ‘Remission’ and ‘Leviathan’ are more prominent than they have been in a while. Whilst it may not be their best body of work it’s still great and shows how good Mastodon are at writing music that isn’t just angry, that isn’t just ethereal, but music that’s catchy and simple as well. Clever bands generally fail at making simple music (see Adrenaline Mob) but these guys don’t. Always trust in Mastodon and they’ll always deliver something different, what’st he point in remaking ‘Crack the Skye’, it’s already a fantastic album, let’s write a totally different one. Always trust in them.