Musical Monday – “Black Tongue” by Mastodon
It’s a solid metal song!
Mastodon makes good music, even though I haven’t loved their latest, The Hunter, taken as an album. Individual songs off that album, however, are pretty good.
For me, the drums come through powerfully in this song. Even when they’re showcasing a bit of guitar, the drums are pulling on my ear.
Now, I’ve talked about Mastodon before, specifically their latest album The Hunter. I wanted to like the album, but it just felt bland.
I think part of the probably was that I listen to Mastodon albums as a united concept. Both Leviathan andCrack the Skye were concept albums and had a single unifying theme behind them. This theme surfaced in the songs, and served to link the songs together to form a cohesive album.
The Hunter just didn’t have that structure, and I couldn’t delve into the album like I wanted to. It isn’t a bad album – it just isn’t as good as their other albums. Mastodon has set the bar pretty high for themselves, and I hope they return to a concept album next.
Bonus! When I first saw the track-list for The Hunter, I had hoped that it was a cover of a Yeah Yeah Yeahs song of the same name.
It isn’t, but both songs are good. Hopefully this Yeah Yeah Yeahs song gets a metal cover some day.