Once More 'Round the Sun

Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #356 / 845
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2014 Ratings: #226
June 24, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
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.

82
Sputnikmusic

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.

80
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. 

80
DIY

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

80
NME

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.

80
AllMusic

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

80
PopMatters

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

80
Spin

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

75
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.

70
Exclaim!

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. 

70
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.

63
Pitchfork

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. 

60
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.

60
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.

CxAylward
59
reclaiming their balls a bit
90
Once More 'Round the Sun perfects what The Hunter started. While the Hunter was a good record it wasn't as complete or fresh as Once More Round the Sun. This album perfectly combines the riffs with melody. A very underrated release from this band.
snarekickblues
66
Best Track: The Motherload, High Road, Asleep In The Deep, or Ember City
Worst Track: Tread Lightly
Most Overrated Track: Chimes At Midnight
Most Underrated Track: Aunt Lisa

Like with The Hunter, Mastodon is technically vast, but conceptually limited. It's as if David Fincher went and directed a Michael Bay-style superhero movie.
siberianbreaks
NR
Mastodon's starting to return to form. A great improvement over The Hunter. They're still keeping their sludge and stoner sounds in this album, while still heavily keeping it progressive. If you want a more heavier Mastodon album, try this one out. It's just some solid metal music overall.

Favourite tracks: Tread Lightly, Ember City, The Motherload, Chimes at Midnight, Asleep in the Deep
Z.Younk
70
Not as good as previous releases but a return to form of sorts
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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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