Mr Red wrote:
That whole thing is me trying to figure out the math of throwing Mastodon under the bus (who have a decade of being pretty bad-ass and groundbreaking in their own way) while folks are jacking off over a similar/more emo/disjointed band with a laughable singer. I'm "trying" to read into why you folks think this band is anything special outside of what you already have.
Maybe the new Baroness will blow us all away and supplant what we think Beard Metal is/should be, but I'm willing to bet it will be way below what the median 'The Obelisk' forum viewer would rank as 'Remission' or 'Crack the Skye' as acceptable.
Nobody here thought 'Blue Album' was good? Right? At least 'The Hunter' kind of felt like a Mastodon record.
Why does mastodon get thrown under the bus? Well from my viewpoint, it's because they've completely changed their style of music to sell more copies. They have this overblown "prog metal" schtick going on that doesn't really mesh with what I enjoyed about the band back in the Remission days. Laughable vocals are a big part of their downfall in my eyes.
I, personally, love the Blue record. I love the Red album too. to me Baroness' progression from their first EP which, truthfully, sounded like 50% mastodon & 50% isis to the blue record seems natural, not geared toward sales. To my ears they are a band that is maturing, whereas
Mastodon seems to be stagnating since Leviathan.
Of course this is all apples and oranges, but it might be telling that when I want to hear "new" Mastodony stuff, i just skip that band altogether and listen to American Heritage.