Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
Emperor of Sand
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slickleg
100
Mastodon's "Emperor of Sand" was, without a doubt, one of my favourite albums of 2017, if not my favourite. So many people are, or were divided with this record. Some love it, some hate it. I will say it is one of my least favourite albums of theirs currently. But nevertheless, this album is solid, and blends together progressive rock, heavy metal and stoner rock, and still has the wonderful chemistry and musicianship the band are known for. Definitely recommend it regardless of its ... read more
notanalt
75
"I Hate Sand..."
- Emperor of Sand
65
Yawn
21stcenturyschi
58
"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth."

Favorite Tracks: "Word to the Wise", "Ancient Kingdom", "Roots Remain"

Least Favorite Tracks: "Show Yourself", "Precious Stones"
MasterCrackfox
78
It’s hard to compare a Mastodon album to its predecessors, given how much their sound both remains constant but evolves all at the same time. Emperor of the Sand incorporates the melodic vocals and technical metal sound they’re famous for, but evens itself back out away from radio friendliness (though Show Yourself is arguably the most fun metal song of the year) without digging too deep into its eccentric and lofty tones too wild for the typical listener, inviting all listeners in. ... read more
daan
80
Solid album with powerful, heavy riffs as well as a lot of emotional melodies. A lot less heavy than their previous records, but they definitely took the right step with their evolving sound. It's still sludgy and progressive like you're used to, it's Mastodon through and through. I've come to appreciate Brann's vocals more every listen, and his drumming is as impressive as ever. Some favourites are 'Steambreather', 'Words to the Wise', and 'Jaguar God'.
Soul_Feeder
52
Emperor of Sand is the lowest point of Mastodon‘s 15 years long career and a quite big disappointment for the metal community, who now needs another enforcer to bring good heavy music to the masses.

Read more at: http://soulfeederweb.com/2017/04/mastodon-emperor-of-sand-album-review/
Music_Observer
57
Without a compelling concept or interesting presentation, this is simply another example of a metal band going after the same exact listeners who crave a specific amount of artificial power, with only the album’s finale showing the amount of bravery and creativity that the rest of the work needed. My Score: 103/180 (Okay) = 57/100
57
Dear listener, when you're in a progressive metal band, such as the Atlanta-based, four-piece known as Mastodon, your response to personal loss may seem atypical. Rather than directly confronting the passing of guitarist Bill Kelliher’s mother through explicit lyrics and melancholic arrangements, Mastodon disguises pain in the form of a (loose) concept album about the desert on Emperor of Sand, their seventh studio release. Using the ever-shifting sands as a metaphor for one's morality, ... read more
Aoaystheory
73
Some pretty repetitive song structure and sounds too "mainstream" for Mastodon. They'll probably never be what they were, but hell, it's still Mastodon.
Flexreviews
84
Mastodon is a band with so much power and life to them. This album proves it with its writing, riffs, great vocals and operation and execution of songs. God it’s so weird to say that this is one of their worst albums
gas_souza
71
Sultan's Curse - 75
Show Yourself - 70
Precious Stones - 70
Steambreather - 70
Roots Remain - 70
Word to the Wise - 70
Ancient Kingdom - 70
Clandestiny - 70
Andromeda - 70
Scorpion Breath - 70
Jaguar God - 75
GABRIELinHELL
60
Decent
Z.Younk
76
Despite the rating on here, I think this is far superior to Once More 'Round The Sun.
zdwyatt
100
As has been well-documented, the band was hit on multiple fronts with family illness and death and that clearly produced a fertile creative period. It's dark and heavy while also being proggy. What more could you want from a Mastodon album? I think this is their best work since Crack the Skye.

Favorite tracks: Roots Remain, Ancient Kingdom, Jaguar God
Vitaminchick
30
Oh god why? What happened?
80
Strong album, Show Yourself is new anthem of band
Feedme120
0
Lol wut
Daware
75
Mastodon for nearly a decade now have continued to deliver unimpressive album after unimpressive album. Mastodon have proven in the past that they are capable of so much but with their last 3 albums have shown that they no longer care about writing impressive and creative material, but would rather throw minimal effort into their song writing and put something out knowing that it will sell regardless of what they do. Now with that being said this isn't a terrible album, and neither were the 2 ... read more
Muhammed
83
didn't expect to really love this record this much, mastodon is without a doubt one of the most unique bands out there
maciek91
80
Ladies and gentleman, Mastodon is back. After the weird, incoherent and hectic One More ‘Round the Sun, their new LP seems like a fresh breath of great, hard, intense ideas, while maintaining modern, dark The Hunter-like sound.

At first, I didn’t like the singles at all. They seemed to be imitative, to be the same old ideas Mastodon counted on since their debut. And oh my, how wrong I was. When you put them into context of whole LP, they fit so well. Emperor of Sand is a gloomy, ... read more
twwalter
75
Emporer of Sand is Mastodon's most engaging, accessible album this side of 2010. That is but only say so much, since in my opinion, their most engaging albums were their first three. Still, you can't play by the textbook for but so long, and Emperor of Sand does not need to be Colony of Birchman or Leviathian. And it doesn't need to be. It offers groovy ryhthms early on, complex instrumentation, and above else thrill.

Favorite tracks: Sultan's Curse, Steambreather, Pecious Stones, Word to the ... read more
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