Blood Mountain

Release date
11 Oct 2006
Running length
12 tracks
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1 The Wolf Is Loose (Album Version) 3:35 2,603
2 Crystal Skull (Album Version) 3:24 1,947
3 Sleeping Giant (Album Version) 5:35 1,799
4 Capillarian Crest (Album Version) 4:24 1,745
5 Circle Of Cysquatch (Album Version) 3:18 1,758
6 Bladecatcher (Album Version) 3:19 1,458
7 Colony Of Birchmen (Album Version) 4:18 1,811
8 Hunters Of The Sky (Album Version) 3:51 1,630
9 Hand Of Stone (Album Version) 3:30 1,612
10 This Mortal Soil (Album Version) 4:59 1,544
11 Siberian Divide (Album Version) 5:27 1,752
12 Pendulous Skin (Album Version) 5:02 1,561

About this album

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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  • felipepuziol

    Sleeping fucking Giant.

    17 Apr 6:01pm Reply
  • Baianolucas


    17 Apr 3:46pm Reply
  • Galchenyuk

    This album flows the best out of their discography

    14 Feb 5:02am Reply
  • the-wild-healer

    "Their 2nd best after Crack The Skye" I can probably agree with that.

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • patisawesome121

    Their best!

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • sonicat

    Best Mastodon album until today!

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Their best album! Awesome lyrics and overall concept. <3

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    feels like a century ago when this came out. they were unstoppable.

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • DonDonald

    Anyone interested in reading a more indepth look at the story contained within this album should visit this link:

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • DonDonald

    "Beware of the Birchmen!" It's like some weird dream you can experience over and over again.

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • Venomous-Soul

    Damn That was good!

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    their best album. [2] definitely

    27 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    their best album.

    14 Jan 2014 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
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