After High On Fire, metal fans were psyched: they’d just been treated to a set packed full of classic metal riffs, and they were just about to see Mastodon. Now that’s not bad at all.
Mastodon achieved incredible success in 2004 with what was widely voted the best metal album of the year, Leviathan, and live performances in support of it were truly impressive. This set at ATP offered promise though of not just expected classics from both Leviathan and previous album Remission but also of some new material – which was achieved. As well as the treat of their awesome cover of the Melvins “The Bit” off Stag.
the band were decidedly tight, as expected, and carved out riff upon riff with precision and an almost almighty force
The new material was characteristc of the band’s genre-straddling sound: classic riffs, grind, hardcore, math and whatever, but its just all metal; clever, unrelenting and pounding metal.
The crowd was fairly obviously filled with Mastodon fans and ‘favourites’ like “Blood and Thunder”, “Where Strides The Behemoth”, “I am Ahab”, “March of the Fire Ants” and “Iron Tusk” brought out huge cheers, pointed fingers and some hefty crowd-movements. And the band were decidedly tight, as expected, and carved out riff upon riff with precision and an almost almighty force.
Mastodon are an awesome beast with a huge sound and this performance adds to the list of reasons why the band are deservedly standing right up on top of the metal world. And with a collection of old-recordings out soon and a new album on the way I can see that list just growing bigger and bigger.