Mastodon – Once More ’Round The Sun

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Once More ‘Round The Sun is the 6th studio album from the band out of Atlanta, Georgia and more of a cohesive effort than 2011’s impressive yet clunky The Hunter.

The smell of mother nature’s finest permeates the record and it sounds like the band have been immersing themselves in a lot of 70’s Prog-Rock, not that this sounds like 70’s Prog-Rock but the influence is definitely there stronger than ever before.

The Motherload stands out as a track that’ll become a staple of the band’s live set as will Chimes at Midnight and the single High Road.

Nick Raskulinecz produced and the feel he’s brought to recent Deftones releases is evident here too, there’s a sludgy epicness to the songs and the sound.

Once More Round The Sun doesn’t quite scale the heights of Crack The Skye but you can just about touch it from here.