Once More 'Round the Sun

Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2014 Ratings: #344 / 956
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Based on 134 ratings
2014 Ratings: #274
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June 24, 2014 / Release Date
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A.V. Club

For the first time in its 14-year existence, Mastodon has made an album that breaks little new ground—but thanks to Once More ’Round The Sun’s balance between a light touch and a heavy vibe, it doesn’t have to.


Filled to the brim with consistently excellent songs, Once More 'Round The Sun serves as a blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.

The Skinny

For a band now in its 14th year – here lyrically meditating on a perpetual life on the road and the looming threat that it could all end tomorrow – the results are reassuringly invigorated. 


They’ve kept the quality high and the riffs flowing where others might have faltered - no mean feat.


Musically 'Once More 'Round The Sun' is equivalent to having several tons of hot molten lava poured into your eye sockets for about an hour.


The songwriting, playing, and production here are inspired, kinetic, and far more accessible than ever before.


As a whole, there is a depth of pain and loss beneath the intertwined layers of riffs, turbulent rhythms, addictive vocal hooks, lyrics, and searing solos of Once More ‘Round the Sun


Their brand of aggression is brainy, technically dazzling and slightly hallucinogenic — metal for people who don't listen to metal.

Consequence of Sound

Although it’s filled with similar structures and conservative ideas, it turns out that Mastodon don’t need to be at their most adventurous to stay interesting as they approach legendary status.


On their sixth album they deliver the goods: psychedelic slide guitar solos, '70s progressive rock noodling, polyrhythmic grooves, duelling vocals and driving percussion that interweaves with the guitar enigmatically then crushingly. 

Rolling Stone

The mercurial metalheads have improved on the lean hard-rock pummel of 2011's The Hunter with lattices of ornate riffs and primal vocals, but those intricacies verge on being too much of a good thing over the course of the album's 11 tracks.


The thin, uninspired harmonies gets taxing by the album’s proggier second half, and on the whole, Once More ’Round the Sun is easily the band’s weakest effort to date. 

Drowned in Sound

Once More ‘Round the Sun has lots to recommend it, but it’s a very safe LP that simply doesn’t provide fans with much they won’t have heard before.

The Line of Best Fit

As heavy, hard rock records go, Once More ‘Round the Sun isn’t necessarily a bad one; it’s just that it seems, like The Hunter before it, to be nudging Mastodon further and further away from what made them stand out in the first place.

Once More 'Round the Sun is basically an expansion upon The Hunter, and while I certainly enjoyed it more, it's still some of Mastodon's least original work up to date. Yes, it has it's proggy moments, it can be fun, and has some flashy guitars, but it's ultimately not what I look for in a Mastodon record.

Favorite Tracks: "The Motherload", "Chimes at Midnight"

Least Favorite Tracks: "Aunt Lisa"
This album is amazing. The only issue I have with it is that this really dosne't go as far as some of the previous albums
There comes a time when I feel it's a necessity to review an album I hold in such high regard. There have been many albums, good and bad, I have reviewed, believing strongly that I have given it the worthy rating it deserves and often a review to accompany it, one that's unbiased and deserving. I couldn't think of a better, more consistent album than Mastodon's ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN -- the progressive sludge metal band's sixth studio album, released in June 2014.

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Not as good as previous releases but a return to form of sorts
One of my favorite albums of all time, Just amazing from beginning to end
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Track List

  1. Tread Lightly
  2. The Motherload
  3. High Road
  4. Once More 'Round the Sun
  5. Chimes at Midnight
  6. Asleep in the Deep
  7. Feast Your Eyes
  8. Aunt Lisa
  9. Ember City
  10. Halloween
  11. Diamond in the Witch House
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Added on: April 29, 2014