Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl, US Pressing

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Emperor Of Sand is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Mastodon, released in March 2017 via Reprise Records.

After fully embracing their progressive rock roots with 2009's Crack the Skye, Mastodon looked to marry those influences with both their earlier stoned-to-the-bone riffs and simpler song structures on both The Hunter and Once More 'Round The Sun.
 
Enter Emperor Of Sand, which stands as the best full-length example of this marriage to date. Producer Brendan O'Brien, who helmed things on Crack The Skye, is back behind the boards to give musical direction to Emperor's themes of time, life and death. The band's concept follows a protagonist sentenced to death by a desert ruler who is forced to wander the sandy wastelands, a metaphorical tale inspired by the band's family members' battles with cancer.
 
The band don't reflect on the sadness so much as the fight to survive after the "Sultan's Curse" is handed down to open the record. The straightforward, driving "Show Yourself" is simplistic in its musical approach but not forgettable, lyrically challenging the protagonist and demanding, "I want to see everything you're made of." Self-doubt is expressed in the soaring chorus of highlight "Steambreather," and the protagonist concludes that, "the battle that rages before my eyes is no different than the one that lives inside my head" in "Ancient Kingdom".
 
Mastodon are able to balance might and mastery of their instruments without things verging on overindulgent here, something the word "progressive" doesn't immediately guarantee. "Precious Stones" features some dazzling solo work in its back half over Brann Dailor's galloping drums, while "Roots Remain" juxtaposes burly riffing with spacy, clean picking. "Clandestiny" even features a robotic vocoder in tandem with some very alien keys.
 
Drawing as much from their past as well as their present, Mastodon refuse to go extinct just shy of two decades of music-making. Emperor Of Sand is at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting. Mastodon have dug deep into their darkest moments and have surfaced with one of the best albums of their career.

Check out the tracks: “Sultan’s Curse”; “Show Yourself” and “Andromeda”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed insert is pressed in the USA on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(093624914051)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Sultan’s Curse

4:09

A2

Show Yourself

3:02

A3

Precious Stones

3:46

A4

Steambreather

5:03

B1

Eons

6:28

B2

Word To The Wise

4:00

C1

Ancient Kingdom

4:54

C2

Clandestiny

4:26

C3

Andromeda

4:03

D1

Scorpion Breath

3:18

D2

Jaguar God

7:56

SKU 093624914051
Record Label Reprise Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 558742-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 31 March 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 31 March 2017
Barcode # 093624914051
Shipping Weight 0.5550kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Progressive Metal
Genre Heavy Metal
Format VINYL LP

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