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Prog-shred insanity - 100%

MCCsOF, October 9th, 2007

The boys from Atlanta have done it again. This is the fourth track off of their latest album, Blood Mountain, in the form of a single. There is also a live version of the second track, Crystal Skull, featured as side B.

Capillarian Crest begins with a blast of all instruments, combining the intricate guitar work of Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher with the spastic, fill heavy style of Brann Dailor. After the intro, they move into a cascading flow of palm muted riffing and sliding chords. After a few verses of the same riffs, it cuts into the solo. If open strings, chicken-pickin', and whiplash-inducing meter shifts are your thing, then you've come to the right place. This is easily the best song off of Blood Mountain.

Crystal Skull live is a strong contender, though. The taped tribal intro (which is actually Brann beating on an empty fuel drum) begins, and they jump right into the sonic freight train that is Crystal Skull.

Honestly, there is nothing I could find wrong with this single. The quality is good, the production is good, the music is good, hell, this is a good single from a good album. I got mine from the Mastodon Merch store on their website for $20, which kind of sucks, but it is totally worth having this exelent record.