Album Review: Mastodon – Live At The Aragon

Sebastiao Martins 17 April 2011

Mastodon – Live At The Aragon (Reprise Records, 2011)

Track to download: Where Strides The Behemoth

Mastodon’s Live At The Aragon marks a turning point for this granny-spooking metal band from Atlanta, with its CD & DVD set of their concert for the 2009 Crack The Skye album at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.

It really sets the deserving tone for what has been a long 10 year stride for this rock behemoth from the anonymity of the underground scene to the recognition of near-mainstream fame.

And even though critics have repeatedly claimed Mastodon now walk with the giants Slayer and Metallica of decades past, many rightfully denounce that the mainstream media of giving close to no attention to this rising beast.

In a world where Katy Perry will doubtless be nominated for “Album of the Year” without much of the general public raising an eyebrow and headlines are dominated by Justin Bieber’s ‘astonishing’ arrival of….(I dunno)… pubescent hair, I could see no better way to pay homage to a quality band than for the mainstream to leave them in the maggot-ridden fetid dustbin of anonymity. Thank the Lord they’re not on MTV…

The ultimate recognition lies with the fans, of course. Both old and new will no doubt bang their German stormtrooper shaped biker helmets at the explosive riffs of Bill Kelliher’s guitar solos and the devilish old-school style (i.e. incomprehensible) of Brent Hint’s vocals, with the chemistry that comes from this 4-man collective bringing the word ‘perfect’ to mind time and time again.

Sebastiao Martins