METAL MONDAY: Oblivion by Mastodon - No one is exactly sure when the next Mastodon album is coming out, but rest assured it will be here before you know it. This Atlanta progressive sludge metal band has been on an impressive roll since forming in 2000. Now that they have enough material among their five studio albums, we are fully capable of formulating uninformed comparisons to other bands. For example, one critic thought it was okay to compare 2009’s Crack the Skye to Metallica’s Master of Puppets like it was some great epiphany. I just thought it was a bout of mental and written diarrhea.
However, Crack the Skye is indeed something special in the Mastodon catalog. I have no qualms calling it one of the best metal albums in the 2000’s, even given the greatness of Leviathan. It was wholly different and refined, an album that was bluesier and, dare say, hookier. When I first heard that opening riff of Oblivion, I knew I was in for something special. It is a great lead in to many other stellar tracks. But Oblivion just sticks with me, with its theme of emptiness and deep personal loss.
Fallen from grace cause I been away too long
Leaving you behind with my lonesome song
Pantera - I’m Broken
I’m broken. Inherit my life.