You've heard a lot of good stuff this month: Young Guns, Lostprophets, Band of Skulls, The Prodigy/Foo Fighters and Gallows. But this tune just blows all of them out of the water. I know it was out months ago but the track is timeless, just like the band. Mastodon's Curl Of The Burl has got to be the best rock song released this year. Fact. End of. No buts. Don't agree? Go somewhere else. Mastodon. Mind-blowing.
Oh my gosh I actually don't know where to start. Brent Hinds' and Bill Kelliher's powerful guitar lead might be a good place; I don't think anyone's ever played that particular instrument like they do, providing bucket-fulls of sludge with those unique deep dark chords and then something like twenty-seven hours of reverb at the end. Puts Dave Grohl to shame.
Then there's Troy's heavy, heavy vocals. Everything about the man screams "BASS!!!" Don't get me wrong I like Panic! At The Disco as much as the next person but it's the harder, more substancy metal that really gets me going. And Mr Troy Sanders has got that down to a t. He belts out those awesome lyrics with his incredibly gravely voice in a way that very few rockers have truly mastered (most take to yelling their head off).