Emperor of Sand [CD]

  • Artist: Mastodon
  • SKU: 5751905
  • Release Date: 03/31/2017
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (189 out of 192)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mastodon is at their best

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    Mark
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    This album is among Mastodon's best and I would say it is their best release since Blood Mountain. I don't consider many albums to be worthy of playing on repeat and listening to the entire album all the way through, but this is definitely one of them. It starts out strong with a 5 song run from Sultan's Curse to Roots Remain. Show Yourself is definitely worthy of being a radio hit that has enough mainstream rock appeal while retaining that Mastodon sound. Clandestiny and Andromeda are probably the strongest back-to-back song pairs on the release and of everyone I talk to about the album, one of these two songs are considered their favorites. Finally Jaguar God is a solid finisher that actually leads back into Sultan's Curse to go through a second listen. The 2-3 songs I didn't list are good songs as well, and I would hardly consider them filler. While I usually concentrate more on the music than lyrics (I'm a guitarist, so what can I say), the lyrics definitely have a maturity that comes with experienced song writing. It may not have the storied focus of their first 3-4 albums, but is definitely an improvement over the last couple. Having seen a 'making of' video that highlights their experiences with cancer prior to the release of this album, you can see some of influences in the lyrics. Show Yourself definitely hits this hard. This album will please hard rock and metal heads alike, whether you have listened to Mastodon previously or not. I admit, the last two albums weren't among my favorite of theirs, but this one brings them back to the top among current metal bands. I cannot think of another metal band that has the broad appeal that they have that is liked among fans of all the sub-genres. Also, I just saw them live last week where they played a good chunk of the album mixed in with their usual hits. Great show, definitely had a greater energy than some of their previous shows I have been to (this was my 3rd or 4th). Get the album, go to their show. Its always great to hear/see a band when they are at their best and you don't want to miss this.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid album from a great band!

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    TheHutch
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    While not as accessible as their last two albums, Emperer of Sand maintains those albums' catchiness while throwing in some of their more progressive-metal moments from their earlier works. The concept album is not new to Mastodon, but here the music maintains a sense of similarity song to song that you rarely see in their previous attempts. The concept this time focuses on a man who has been sentenced to death, and consequently traverses a desert in order to escape his inevitable fate. As you may or may not know, The concept is a reference to the diagnosis of cancer and the ensuing treatment, recovery, or death it brings. The latter of those three elements is brought to the harrowing forefront in the last track 'Jaguar God' as at the very end of the track, death literally laughs(ominously)last. Much publicized during this albums making is the fact that all members of the band have had this terrible disease affect their various family members in recent years. Older fans who may yearn for the more aggressive, more metal side of Mastodon may find more to love here as well, as the opening track 'Sultans Curse', and 'Scorpion Breath' hearken back to pre 'Crack the Skye' era easily. CtS, Coincidentally, is the last Mastodon album that Brendan O'brien produced. Finally, this album has tracks that will appeal to new and old fans alike, and is a solid and worthy entry into Mastodons' esteemed discography.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mastodon in Great Form

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    KhakiScoutTroopLeader
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    To those who may be interested: Mastodon's latest release, "Emperor of Sand," is well worth your time. After a month of regularly listening to "Emperor of Sand," I consider it Mastodon's​ strongest collection of songs since "Blood Mountain" and their most musically and thematically coherent album since "Crack the Skye." Admittedly, fans who won't be satisfied with anything less than the second coming of "Leviathan" will still find reasons to be disappointed with "Emperor," as it retains both the more radio-friendly and progressive tendencies the band has embraced in recent years. But for those willing to continue following Mastodon on its current course of creative exploration, this album offers 51 minutes worth of quality music that rewards repeat listening.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mastodon Comes Back With A Great Concept Album

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    Mastodon can always be counted on to produce a solid album, and this is no different. Concept albums that tell stories are definitely their strong suite, and Emperor Of Sand takes you on a journey of a desperate man through the harsh sands of the desert trying anything to reach out to someone to save him. It has its bleak moments, which doesn't come as a surprise since cancer was a driving inspiration for this record. Just like all their previous albums, this one takes a couple of listens to really appreciate the musical and lyrical journey that they take you on. Mastodon is one of the best active bands out there and it's always a treat to hear new music from them.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not who they once were, but still a great band

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    KLEN21
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    I first heard Mastodon with their release of the single March of the Fire Ants. I was immediately hooked. Future albums came, and they slowly changed their sound to sound more and more like hard rock. Yes, the change was gradual (and Crack the Skye is an amazing album), but I think this album pretty much gets them there. Then again, I'm not a music reviewer by trade. That is not to say that Mastodon won't or shouldn't appeal to metal fans, but it is a lot different from Remission and their other early releases.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Reinventing themselves and the genre again

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    Naniamania
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    Another incredible reinvention in a fascinating career by one of the best metal bands ever. I've been following them since their early days when I lived in Atlanta and have loved their high level of musicianship and songwriting coupled with an aggressive need to explore and grow. The vocal harmonies have matured and it's great to see Brann taking a larger role in the vocal contributions. Another great milemarker on a fantastic journey.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mastodon does it again

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    Acre
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    The depth of Emperor of Sand brings me back to Crack the Skye but feels even more developed. Brann has really stepped up his vocals and provides some of my favorite verses throughout the album. If you or someone you love has fought cancer or lost a fight to cancer, read into the bands backstory for what drove their inspiration.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Raising the bar again

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    OldManLogan
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    Mastodon returns and is as heavy and proggy as you'd expect. I rate this just below their masterpiece Crack the Skye. The vocal trifecta ensures that all the vocal passages match the instrumental parts really well. Brann Dailor sounds terrific as always, with Troy Sanders providing the heavy growl and Brent Hinds with a Southern drawl for character. Instrumentally they are at the top of their game.

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