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Mastodon - "Chimes at Midnight"

New TrackstheneedledropComment Back in April, Anthony talked some about "High Road," the lead single of seminal sludge and prog-metal outfit Mastodon's forthcoming record Once More 'Round the Sun. The song had a sweet soaring chorus, managing to maintain the likable catchy quality of the band's previous effort The Hunter, but thankfully the band had also amped the heaviness back up. As a single, it worked; as a song, it was decent and left us largely optimistic about the new project.

"Chimes at Midnight," the second glimpse we've been given of the album, has us even more positive. It's still somewhat straightforward, albeit to a lesser extent than "High Road" or anything on The Hunter; but it's also considerably darker and more progressive, particularly illustrated by the tromping,  synth-laced intro and coda. The art direction for this album appears to be spot-on: fantastical environments both lush and stygian. Let's hope the whole LP can handle that balance.

Once More 'Round the Sun is due our June 24 via Reprise.

Voivod - Target Earth

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Stream: Voivod - Target Earth Prepare yourself for a feast of delicious thrashy guitar lines and pumping bass and drums. Voivod certainly has all of that, and they have been around long enough to show that they've mastered it with some incredible builds and switches like on the self-titled album opener; where in the second half they develop the song in couple fresh directions making for a satisfying listen. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there is some pretty fantastic songwriting here that goes along with the theme of the albums title, so you can probably guess what its general theme is. A pretty clear and modern comparison that comes to mind with these guys is Mastodon--especially in the vocal delivery. Also, if you're a fan of acts such as Vektor, you'll surely see how this band's odd approach to melody has influenced bands such as that over the years.

Mastodon- "Spectrelight"

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A new video and song from Mastodon, teasing to the release of the band's new album, the Hunter, on Sept. 27th. I'm actually digging this track a lot more than the first one to drop earlier this year. The riffs are mighty, and the drums fills are pretty intense, too. Can't wait to review this thing.