Mastodon – Hushed and Grim (Album Review)

As usual, the promise of a catchy riff and a good punchy bass/drum groove of a Mastodon release is fulfilled. This new release, untitled “Hushed and Grim” only establishes the band further up the top of whatever it is they play.

The album is merely a spiritual journey somewhere in the depths of your mind, really brilliantly executed riffing, proving that complexity is not necessarily the key to a great release and that despite Mastodon having softened throughout the years, they have stayed true to their identity, making music where they spill their guts up on the record.

Even though I’m not a fan of clean singing, this type of singing fits the album perfectly well and emphasizes many bits of it where you get different feelings. And that’s where lies the strength of Mastodon, you don’t know what you’re listening to, what to expect from the next riff, leaving you in a constant state of a kind of sweet anguish as to what’s coming.

Drumming-wise, as always, Brann Dailor sounds relentless, always pounding, always fitting in ghost notes, you never hear a part where something’s missing. You can sense the chemistry of 20 years of playing together throughout the album. Overall, this is a solid album no risks taken, steady good music.

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Release Year: 2021
Label: Reprise Records
Category: Album
Country: USA

Reviewed by Oussama EL OUADIE