Something in me needs metal. The seed was planted at 16 when my friend Aaron inexpertly rocked the Metallica "Four Horsemen" riff in his basement, forever melding my young energy to the driving force of its dorky power.
This is the kind of orchestral, explosive metal that makes me want to listen to it over and over and over.
Just take a deep breath and let it wash over you. Who cares what it's about? The album is a concept album about like, Rasputin and astral travel and gnarly stuff like that, like metal should be.
But… wait. There's more to it than that. Is that some strange rockabilly lick? Is he teasing us with some kind of LA hair metal shit? Why does he sound so much like Ozzy? Is it wrong to let Heavy Metal caress you?
If you don't find yourself saying "whoa" at sometime in this 13 minutes then pack it in. You have no metal in you.[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/mastodon-the-last-baron.mp3]