EP Review: Mastodon – Cold Dark Place 9.5

  • Mastodon
  • Cold Dark Place EP
  • Prog Rock
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 9.5/10

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This gorgeous cover art was done by @richeybeckett who is yet another brilliant UK based artist. Here’s a video with some story and footage of the covers creation:

 

 

With this tasteful EP Mastodon prove their chops in the prog side of their progressive metal brand. It’s similar to what Opeth did with Damnation but with the rock being emphasized here. The American music influence is clear with the more southern styles where Opeth would instead have Spanish influence. At times Cold Dark Place is outright rock ballads reminding me of Ozzy Osbourne or Black Label Society. It’s a constant battle between the vocals and the guitar which are both right on point, making the listener the true winner.

It’s crazy catchy at times, committing more to lighter sounds than I ever expected from them. Not just light, but straight up pop and arena rock. Of course it still has plenty of riffs we’ve heard before from them, just now within a different context. They make it all work, no matter what kind of musical discourse they take.

 

I would definitely listen to more of this style on a future LP. Being a big fan of Leviathan and other earlier albums, I was a bit out off by the commercial sound of Emperor Of Sand. This is bringing me back around though and I might listen to their discography sequentially. I might understand it a bit better now. A very easy listen that will get a lot of play from me. Thanks to artist @rubydearlookyhere for getting me onto a new favorite.

This is the perfect album for playing acoustic on the front veranda pissed as a fart at 2pm in the arvo, communing with the dead and shit.

 

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