REVIEW: Mammoth – “Deviations” Posted on 25 October, 2016 by Tim Fleskes REVIEW: Mammoth – “Deviations” Related Post REVIEW: Car Bomb – Meta LIVE REVIEW: SKYHARBOR At The Talking Heads, Southampton REVIEW: Ulcerate – “Shrines Of Paralysis” REVIEW: The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Dissociation” REVIEW: Anciients – “Voice Of The Void”...(展开全部) REVIEW: Mammoth – “Deviations” Posted on 25 October, 2016 by Tim Fleskes REVIEW: Mammoth – “Deviations” Related Post REVIEW: Car Bomb – Meta LIVE REVIEW: SKYHARBOR At The Talking Heads, Southampton REVIEW: Ulcerate – “Shrines Of Paralysis” REVIEW: The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Dissociation” REVIEW: Anciients – “Voice Of The Void” Please gather round, good folks, for today I have brought you an album to quench your thirst for tasty jazz fusion combined with progressive metal and rock elements. This is something that will keep you satisfied while you wait for the new Animals as Leaders to drop. The album I’m talking about is Deviations by Mammoth. This group is not to be mistaken with the band Mastodon, although both seem to have an affinity for hairy animals with trunks and tusks. This Los Angeles based jazz-fusion-prog-rock group is bringing us their third album and I can already tell you that, if you have the slightest interest in jazz based metal and rock acts, this is a gem for you. Let’s start with my favorite track on the album, “Obscurements”. It is, with a ten minute length, by far the longest track on the album and it is completely filled with everything a prog-lover like me could have hoped for. The track starts off with a very happy and carefree sounding progression you would expect to hear at the beginning of a Plini song. After a few seconds, the bass and drums set in. While the bass is relatively loud and distorted, it is not, in any way, repulsive; instead it rolls over you like warm sunlight. The drums set a pretty mellow mood and bring the jolly riff and the warm bass together perfectly. To continue, the listener is introduced to varying instrumental parts where every instrumentalist gets a moment to demonstrate their virtuosity. The song slowly but surely picks up its pace and introduces light electronic elements to the track, giving off a very Animals as Leaders-esque vibe. But the song also picks up its distortion and the riffs start to run into mathcore territory from time to time. “Obscurements” is quite a fitting title because this is where it gets really obscure. A ring-modulation is laid over the guitar and a saxophone solo sets in, giving the song the flair of classic jazz combined with obscure synth-rock. As the track comes to an end, we go back to a happy sounding, light-hearted riff, coming full circle. “The Acclamation Of Sedation” is another fairly interesting song on Deviations. While elements of the song still are pretty peculiar, they all fit together perfectly in the context of the song, even when the changes are pretty quick. This song feels more like an ongoing story rather than the circle that “Obscurements” has drawn. 0005634348_10 Mammoth has created something beautiful with this recorded. While it is not groundbreaking, it is nearly perfect in its execution. Some songs on the album feel more like a concept and could use a little bit more polishing, but aside from that, I have nothing negative to say about it. The production quality is outstanding, the composition is intricate and feels fresh, and the instrumentation can only be described as masterful. Deviations is definitely one of my favorite records this year and I’m going to enjoy it for a long time. I only wish the best for the band. Also you have to give these guys credit for calling this genre Cream Theatre.
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1. Entanglements (8:04) 2. Obscurements (10:00) 3. The Hilarity of Singularity (2:57) 4. The Acclimation of Sedation (6:31) 5. Limited Access to the One (3:26) 6. Unlimited Access to the None (7:45)