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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Mastodon
Remission
Relapse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Did you ever wonder what became of those kids in the sleeveless black Neurosis shirts? You know, the ones who would wake up with a bong hit and then play fucked-up manipulations of Megadeth songs all day on their Ibanez, eventually dropping the pick in favor of a cordless drill? You need wonder no more, my friend, because they've returned in the form of a hairy, tusked beast stampeding from the bowls of Atlanta, Georgia, trampling everything in its path with a sheer wall of hybrid stoner rock.

It isn't all that surprising that Mastodon culls the guitar and percussion talents of Today Is The Day, but it is surprising just how many light years beyond Temple of the Morning Star (Today Is The Day's best album) Mastodon is, especially the drumming. Just check the jazz elements in "Ol'e Nessie" to see what I mean. Like a heaping of Isis crossed with a glaze of southern-fried classic rock, Remission hits harder than the Fucking Champs and diversifies the beating. Every time I press play on this album and "Crusher Destroyer" practically falls out of the speakers in chunks I get the same image popping into my head - a bunch of bandanna-wearing, confederate flag waving drunks down in the boys' bathroom at my old high school blasting Mastodon's Remission while beating the shit out all of the make-up wearing fags who were listening to Skinny Puppy's Remission.

In the tradition of Coalesce and Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon belt out technically adept heavy metal with plenty of tough post-hardcore crossover appeal, sort of an Ipecac update on the classic Man's Ruin stoner sludge. For every ounce of bass-pummeling rumble in "Where Strides the Behemoth" there is plenty of fret-burning guitar freak out like "Burning Man" - a track that crosses the plain of the expected and flies off into the realm of the inspired.

I'd suggest listening to Remission a couple of times at home and then when the neighbors get pissed at the increase in volume with each successive spin put on the headphones and melt your melon. I would advise against listening to Mastodon in your car, however, because you'll most certainly end up pushing it past the redline.

Reviewed by Lukas Shipman


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