The Mastodon poll

Intro:  Dimitris Kaltsas

The upcoming release of Hushed and Grim is no. 8 in the back catalogue of Mastodon full-length albums starting with Remission in 2002. The transition from sludge metal and metalcore to progressive metal that later dominated, sometimes with alternative and stoner elements and thus more accessible, essentially split in two the largest percentage of the band’s listeners into fans of the pre- and post-Crack the Skye period.

The elements that distinguish Mastodon are numerous. Today there are not many bands with an unchanged line-up for 20 years and such absolute devotion and identification of the band members to a common goal. The participation of three members on the lead vocals, the unique album cocncepts, Kelliher’s colossal riffs of, Hinds’ soulful solos, Sanders’ warm basslines, and Dailor’s inconceivable drumming are ideal components in every period and record of the band. If one takes into account that this is a metal band with a dominant prog element, the fact that they have been on the forefront for about 10 years, having won a Grammy for Sultan’s Curse from their latest album Emperor of Sand (2018 – Best Metal Performance) makes their success even greater. The truth is that today Mastodon are at the height of their glory, remaining for almost their entire career in a very closed group of bands that more or less do not seem to be able to write a mediocre song.

The release of Hushed and Grim on October 29 was the perfect occasion to delve a little deeper into the band’s works and each of us selected 5 favorite albums and songs by Mastodon. Summing up the opinions of 19 editors, Crack the Skye topped the album list, with Leviathan coming second, while it is impressive that all 8 albums to date have been selected to a high extent.

So, aggregately, the ranking of Mastodon albums based on the preferences of the editors of Progrocks.gr is as follows:

Album Score In top-5
1. Crack the Skye 76 18
2. Leviathan 56 18
3. The Hunter 44 15
4. Once More ‘Round the Sun 42 12
5. Blood Mountain 31 15
6. Emperor of Sand 20 9
7. Remission 20 7

(scores were obtained by assigning to each list no.1 as 5, no.2 as 4and so on)

Regarding the songs, the result was even more impressive. Our picks include 31 different tracks, i.e. 42% of the band’s songs! The Czar was voted more than all others:

Track Score In top-5
01. The Czar 44 11
02. The Last Baron 28 7
03. The Motherload 23 7
04. The Sparrow 20 7
05. Hearts Alive 20 6
06. Blood And Thunder 17 5
07. Jaguar God 16 4
08. Oblivion 14 5
09. Asleep in The Deep 13 5
10. Megalodon 10 2

And here are our top-5’s:

  Albums Tracks
Dimitris Anastasiadis Crack the Skye The Czar
Leviathan The Last Baron
Blood Mountain Hearts Alive
Remission The Motherload
Emperor of Sand Aqua Dementia
Kostas Barbas Crack the Skye The Sparrow
The Hunter The Czar
Once More ‘Round the Sun Blood and Thunder
Leviathan The Last Baron
Emperor of Sand Asleep in the Deep
Ilias Goumagias Once More ‘Round the Sun Asleep in The Deep
The Hunter The Motherload
Crack the Skye Stargasm
Leviathan High Road
Emperor of Sand Oblivion
Paris Gravouniotis Crack the Skye The Czar
The Hunter The Last Baron
Leviathan Stargasm
Blood Mountain The Sparrow
Emperor of Sand Blood And Thunder
Dimitris Kaltsas Emperor of Sand The Motherload
The Hunter Jaguar God
Crack the Skye The Czar
Once More ‘Round the Sun The Sparrow
Leviathan Roots Remain
Vasilis Korolis Remission Blood and Thunder
Leviathan The Motherload
Blood Mountain Oblivion
Crack the Skye March of the Fire Ants
Emperor of Sand Colony Of Birchmen
Christos Minos Leviathan Hearts Alive
Remission The Czar
Once More ‘Round the Sun Jaguar God
Crack the Skye The Motherload
Blood Mountain Sleeping Giant
Eleni Panayiotou Once More ‘Round the Sun The Motherload
Crack the Skye Halloween
Leviathan Show Υourself
The Hunter Octopus Has No Friends
Blood Mountain Bedazzled Fingernails
Petros Papadogiannis Crack the Skye The Czar
The Hunter Octopus Has No Friends
Once More ‘Round the Sun Asleep in the Deep
Leviathan Hearts Alive
Blood Mountain Capillarian Crest
Panos Papazoglou Leviathan Megalodon
Crack the Skye Hearts Alive
Blood Mountain Crystal Skull
The Hunter The Czar
Once More ‘Round the Sun Stargasm
Goran Petrić Crack the Skye The Czar
The Hunter Jaguar God
Emperor of Sand The Sparrow
Once More ‘Round the Sun Asleep in the Deep
Blood Mountain Hearts Alive
Tasos Poimenidis Crack the Skye The Last Baron
Blood Mountain Oblivion
Once More ‘Round the Sun Sleeping Giant
Leviathan The Sparrow
The Hunter Tread Lightly
Kostas Rokas Once More ‘Round the Sun Megalodon
The Hunter Aqua Dementia
Leviathan Chimes at Midnight
The Hunter Stargasm
Blood Mountain The Motherload
Thomas Sarakintsis Crack the Skye Blood and Thunder
Leviathan The Last Baron
Emperor of Sand March of the Fire Ants
Blood Mountain Precious Stones
Remission Sleeping Giant
Lefteris Statharas Crack the Skye The Last Baron
The Hunter The Sparrow
Remission Elephant Man
Once More ‘Round the Sun Chimes at Μidnight
Leviathan The Czar
Panagiotis Stathopoulos Leviathan Oblivion
Crack the Skye Crack the Skye
Blood Mountain Blood and Thunder
The Hunter Sleeping Giant
Once More ‘Round the Sun Colony of Birchmen
Alexandros Topintzis Crack the Skye The Czar
Leviathan Siberian Divide
Once More ‘Round the Sun Seabeast
Remission Asleep in the Deep
Blood Mountain All the Heavy Lifting
Giannis Voulgaris Crack the Skye The Czar
Emperor of Sand The Last Baron
Blood Mountain Jaguar God
The Hunter The Sparrow
Leviathan Sleeping Giant
Giannis Zavradinos Leviathan Hearts Alive
Crack the Skye Seabeast
Remission Capillarian Crest
Blood Mountain March of the Fire Ants
The Hunter Oblivion