Album of the Week: Leviathan

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Artist: Mastodon
Album: Leviathan
Genre: Sludge Metal, Progressive Metal
Release Date: August 31, 2004

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Next weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of Georgia progressive sludge metal band Mastodon's second album Leviathan so it is this week's album of the week! Leviathan is a concept album based on the classic novel Moby-Dick and is praised by many as one of the best metal albums of the 2000s. It features the singles "Blood and Thunder," "Iron Tusk," "I Am Ahab," and "Seabeast."

Musically Leviathan is very well put together. The guitar work of Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher has that heavy and crunchy sludge metal style but with a crazy and technical progressive edge to it. Bassist Troy Sanders does some interesting stuff but it would be nice if he was a bit louder in the mix. Brann Dailor is insane behind the drum kit with crazy drum lines and fills. His drumming is ridiculous. Both Sanders and Hinds lend their vocal talents to Leviathan with the manic shouting and gruff singing you would expect from a sludge metal band as well as more melodic singing. Their vocals blend very well together.

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Take a listen below and let me know what you think!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. From alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, there will be something for everyone! Check out last week's album!

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