Album Review: Mastodon – Cold Dark Place EP

By Nate Calvis, Contributor [Reprise; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Blue Walsh”, “Toes to Toes” Not even a year since their last record, Emperor of Sand, Mastodon, a prominent force to be reckoned with in the progressive metal scene, releases another kick-ass masterpiece, Cold Dark Place. Coupling with the lyrically meaningful Emperor of Sand, the Atlanta…

Album Review: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Reprise; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Show Yourself,” “Precious Stones,” “Roots Remain” Emperor of Sand is Mastodon’s seventh album since the band got together in 2000. Massively influenced by the recent death of one of the band member’s mother, the album features a theme of time and death, rough vocals and slamming…