Blood Mountain

Release date
17 Apr 2010
Running length
12 tracks
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1 The Wolf Is Loose (Album Version) 3:35 2,562
2 Crystal Skull (Album Version) 3:24 1,912
3 Sleeping Giant (Album Version) 5:35 1,778
4 Capillarian Crest (Album Version) 4:24 1,727
5 Circle Of Cysquatch (Album Version) 3:18 1,735
6 Bladecatcher (Album Version) 3:19 1,445
7 Colony Of Birchmen (Album Version) 4:18 1,784
8 Hunters Of The Sky (Album Version) 3:51 1,612
9 Hand Of Stone (Album Version) 3:30 1,597
10 This Mortal Soil (Album Version) 4:59 1,528
11 Siberian Divide (Album Version) 5:27 1,736
12 Pendulous Skin (Album Version) 5:02 1,546

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Blood Mountain is the third full-length studio album by metal band Mastodon. The recording of the album finished in April, 2006 and it was released on September 11 in the UK and September 12, 2006 in North America.
Like Mastodon’s previous studio work Leviathan, Blood Mountain is a concept album. According to bassist Troy Sanders, “It’s about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you’re stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you’re lost. You’re starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You’re being hunted. It’s about that whole struggle.”

The album includes guest appearances by Scott Kelly of Neurosis on “Crystal Skull”, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on “Colony of Birchmen”, as well as keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta on “Pendulous Skin” and “Siberian Divide”, respectively.
Music videos for “The Wolf Is Loose,” “Colony of Birchmen,” “Sleeping Giant” and “Capillarian Crest” have been made. Although the video for “Capillarian Crest” is made up of live footage, the studio version of the song is played.
Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album to represent the earth element. Vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders calls this “sonically the best album we have done.”
The band’s emphasis on clean, melodic vocals instead of the harsher vocals that the band used on their early work continues to grow on this album.
The album in full could be streamed at the band’s MySpace page a few days prior to the release.

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  • Venomous-Soul

    Damn That was good!

    4 Apr 9:44pm Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    their best album. [2] definitely

    27 Mar 11:25pm Reply
  • Jekku666

    My favorite album of theirs, at the moment at least. No weak tracks and I can't even pinpoint the highlight of this album, it's just amazing from start to finish

    26 Mar 5:59pm Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    their best album.

    14 Jan 5:34pm Reply
  • Jokurr


    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Pantelika

    The Wolf Is Loose \m/

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • -Ohtar-

    Mastodon are one of the few bands that can balance heaviness, melody and general weirdness perfectly. [2]

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    I don't know if I can say which album is their "best", because they're all so fucking good, but this one is definitely my favorite.

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Kriegertod

    Мне кажется, что это самый навороченный их альбом. По крайней мере дольше всего въезжал именно в него. Все эти странные риффы, мелодии, смены ритма... Следующие альбомы гораздо проще для восприятия.

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • metal180

    "(Album Version)" what other version is there other than live?

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • FlyingTanooki

    This is what Bear Grylls listens to.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Sheik777

    Their 2nd best after Crack The Skye

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • cyclonnl

    SHIT! Still pure fucking gold, I love this album!!

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • pedohead

    Their best, on a par with The Hunter. But I agree with those who think that production sucks, it should be re-released sometime with remastered sound.

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DDevilized

    Leviathan & this

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • OmertaDK

    Resembles everything I love in a metal record.

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Sleeping giant is brilliant.

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RadicalFL

    The atmosphere on this one is so amazing...

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • NovocaineJunkie

    Still my favourite Mastodon album. It just kicks off so...brutally. The wolf is fucking loose goddamit!

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Enkuturi

    Pendulous Skin is their best fucking song. Love it.

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
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