Mastodon – Medium Rarities (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:10:46 minutes | 857 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reprise
When Mastodon invite you to go deep, you best bring an extra supply of oxygen. Given the place the Atlanta behemoth came from, a primeval, subterranean metal underworld, the prospect of plummeting even further within is almost enough to bring on a dose of the bends.
Since their emergence at the start of the century, Mastodon have shown that brain-twisting heaviness doesn’t have to be dull-edged, and that it can even be a thing of spinning delight. This oddball compilation brings together rarities, covers and live tracks from throughout their career. And rather than adhering to anything so obvious as chronology it becomes a seemingly random, yet highly effective, stampede – but that’s Mastodon to the core.
Most fans will have heard Fallen Torches, the album’s sole new recording and a heroic attempt to salvage 2020 via monolithic riffs and an outro thunderous enough to crack planets. It features guest vocals from Neurosis’ Scott Kelly plus a rocket of a chorus sung by multi-talented drummer Brann Dailor, still the only member of Mastodon you could introduce to your mum. Then the hirsute quartet chuck us into A Commotion, one half of an unlikely split single they shared with Canadian indie singer Feist in 2012 (she covered Black Tongue, equally inconceivably). Mastodon inject the relatively spindly original with a sinister punk metal edge that’s off kilter and immediate at the same time.
1. Mastodon – Fallen Torches
2. Mastodon – A Commotion
3. Mastodon – Asleep in the Deep (Instrumental)
4. Mastodon – Capillarian Crest (Live)
5. Mastodon – A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
6. Mastodon – Toe to Toes (Instrumental)
7. Mastodon – Circle of Cysquatch (Live)
8. Mastodon – Atlanta (feat. Gibby Haynes)
9. Mastodon – Jaguar God (Instrumental)
10. Mastodon – Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife (from the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack”)
11. Mastodon – Blood & Thunder (Live)
12. Mastodon – White Walker
13. Mastodon – Halloween (Instrumental)
14. Mastodon – Crystal Skull (Live)
15. Mastodon – Orion
16. Mastodon – Iron Tusk (Live)