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Twenty years into their career, Mastodon are harder to describe than ever before. The Georgia group started off playing energetic sludge metal, took a sharp turn into beautifully complex prog, and then spent the 2010's dabbling with hard rock and offering quotes to journalists that disavowed their categorization as a "metal" band. Whatever you want to call them, Mastodon are Mastodon more than anything else, and their new rarities compilation Medium Rarities is a celebration of their elastic identity.

The project is a grab bag of covers, instrumentals, live renditions, TV soundtrack contributions, and one brand new track that spans their entire discography and showcases their musical interests both within and outside the metal playbook. If you were to make a venn diagram of the bands Mastodon covers here (Feist, The Flaming Lips, Butthole Surfers, and Metallica) their sound exists in the center, and they excel at taking on the character of each of those acts while still remaining firmly themselves. Their Game of Thrones score "White Walker" and Aqua Teen Hunger Force cameo "Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife" are respectively stoic and off-the-wall ridiculous, a dichotomy the band have always balanced in their best moments.

The myriad instrumental versions of tracks from their 2010s catalog take on a new life without the vocal performances, which some fans found grating compared to their earlier, gnarlier singing deliveries. However, there's plenty of headbanging fodder to be found in the live tracks: the blisteringly technical "Capillarian Crest," the ugly "Circle of Cysquatch," and the raucous "The Crystal Skull" from 2006's Blood Mountain, as well as whipping fan favorites "Blood and Thunder" and "Iron Tusk" from 2004's Leviathan. The new song "Fallen Torches" features guest vocals from Scott Kelly of Neurosis, which serves as a complementary pairing between alt-metal veterans. No matter what era of Mastodon you're most partial to, there's bound to be something on Medium Rarities that connects. © Eli Enis/Qobuz

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1
Fallen Torches
00:04:22

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer - Scott Michael Kelly, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

2
A Commotion
00:04:14

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Leslie Feist, Writer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

3
Asleep in the Deep Instrumental
00:06:12

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

4
Capillarian Crest Live
00:04:20

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

5
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
00:03:27

Michael Ivins, Writer - Steven Drozd, Writer - Wayne Coyne, Writer - Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

6
Toe to Toes Instrumental
00:04:28

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

7
Circle of Cysquatch Live
00:03:15

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

8
Atlanta (feat. Gibby Haynes)
00:03:25

Mastodon, MainArtist - Gibby Haynes, Vocals, Writer, FeaturedArtist - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

9
Jaguar God Instrumental
00:07:55

Mastodon, MainArtist - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

10
Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife (from the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack")
00:01:50

Mastodon, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Dave Willis, Writer - Michael Köhler, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Billie Joe Bowers, Masterer - Matt Maiellaro, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

11
Blood & Thunder Live
00:03:52

Mastodon, MainArtist - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

12
White Walker
00:04:20

Mastodon, MainArtist - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

13
Halloween Instrumental
00:04:38

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

14
Crystal Skull Live
00:03:25

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

15
Orion
00:08:15

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Cliff Burton, Writer - James Hetfield, Writer - Lars Ulrich, Writer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - Rodrigo Gabriela, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

16
Iron Tusk Live
00:02:48

Mastodon, Producer, MainArtist - Bill Kelliher, Guitar, Synthesizer - Brann Dailor, Drums, Vocals - Brent Hinds, Guitar - Tom Tapley, Recording Engineer - Troy Sanders, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer - Alex Newport, Mixing Engineer - Billy Joe Bowers, Mastering Engineer - Paul Wagner, Assistant Engineer - William Brent Hinds, Writer - Troy Jayson Sanders, Writer - Brann Timothy Dailor, Writer - William Breen Kelliher, Writer

© 2020 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

Album Description

Twenty years into their career, Mastodon are harder to describe than ever before. The Georgia group started off playing energetic sludge metal, took a sharp turn into beautifully complex prog, and then spent the 2010's dabbling with hard rock and offering quotes to journalists that disavowed their categorization as a "metal" band. Whatever you want to call them, Mastodon are Mastodon more than anything else, and their new rarities compilation Medium Rarities is a celebration of their elastic identity.

The project is a grab bag of covers, instrumentals, live renditions, TV soundtrack contributions, and one brand new track that spans their entire discography and showcases their musical interests both within and outside the metal playbook. If you were to make a venn diagram of the bands Mastodon covers here (Feist, The Flaming Lips, Butthole Surfers, and Metallica) their sound exists in the center, and they excel at taking on the character of each of those acts while still remaining firmly themselves. Their Game of Thrones score "White Walker" and Aqua Teen Hunger Force cameo "Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife" are respectively stoic and off-the-wall ridiculous, a dichotomy the band have always balanced in their best moments.

The myriad instrumental versions of tracks from their 2010s catalog take on a new life without the vocal performances, which some fans found grating compared to their earlier, gnarlier singing deliveries. However, there's plenty of headbanging fodder to be found in the live tracks: the blisteringly technical "Capillarian Crest," the ugly "Circle of Cysquatch," and the raucous "The Crystal Skull" from 2006's Blood Mountain, as well as whipping fan favorites "Blood and Thunder" and "Iron Tusk" from 2004's Leviathan. The new song "Fallen Torches" features guest vocals from Scott Kelly of Neurosis, which serves as a complementary pairing between alt-metal veterans. No matter what era of Mastodon you're most partial to, there's bound to be something on Medium Rarities that connects. © Eli Enis/Qobuz

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