Blood MountainArtist: Mastodon
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''Blood Mountain'' is the third full-length studio album by metal band Mastodon. The recording of the album finished in April 2006 and it was released on 11 September in the UK and 12 September 2006 in North America. The album in full could be streamed at the band's MySpace page a few days prior to the release.
Like Mastodon's previous studio work ''Leviathan'', ''Blood Mountain'' is a concept album. According to bass guitarist Troy Sanders, "It's about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you're stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you're lost. You're starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You're being hunted. It's about that whole struggle."
The album includes guest appearances by Scott Kelly of Neurosis on "Crystal Skull", Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on "Colony of Birchmen", as well as keyboard player Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta on "Pendulous Skin" and "Siberian Divide", respectively.
Music videos for "The Wolf Is Loose", "Colony of Birchmen", "Sleeping Giant" and "Capillarian Crest" have been made. Although the video for "Capillarian Crest" is made up of live footage, the studio version of the song is played.
Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album to represent the earth element. At the time, bassist Troy Sanders called it "sonically the best album we have done."
The band's emphasis on clean, melodic vocals instead of the harsher vocals that the band used on their early work continues to grow on this album.
''Blood Mountain'' entered the Billboard 200 best selling album charts at #32, with 24,000 sold copies, marking it the second highest debut in the band's career after ''Crack the Skye''. By December 2006, the album had sold more than 65,000 copies in the U.S. alone according to the band's website and, by March 2009, the album had sold 150,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen Soundscan. - WikipediaSorry, Trivium: There isn't going to be a next Metallica. But that doesn't mean we can't twist our necks into soft pretzels heshing out to this Atlanta quartet's major label debut, which admirably meets the expectations set by literate stoner predecessors Remission and Leviathan. Sorry, Trivium: There isn't going to be a next Metallica. But that doesn't mean we can't twist our necks into soft pretzels heshing out to this Atlanta quartet's major label debut, which admirably meets the expectations set by literate stoner predecessors Remission and Leviathan.