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Mastodon at Brixton Academy – live review

Live Review

Venue: Brixton Academy, London

Mastodon and Russian Circles play Brixton Academy.

Russian Circles’ intense, monolithic walls of instrumental post-rock – Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor sums them up pretty well later on tonight: “Russian Circles are a scary band. I think they’re haunted” – isn’t exactly getting the party started, but against a backdrop of dazzling lights, their music is certainly mesmerising.

This is the third time that Mastodon have headlined Brixton Academy and despite having reached a plateau, the fact that they can sell out on a snowy Sunday is testament to their solid staying power.

Their latest album Emperor Of Sand is certainly one of their proggier offerings, yet also topped the Critics’ Choice Album Of The Year list over at our sister magazine Metal Hammer. The Atlantean four-piece are one of the few bands to genuinely straddle that sweet spot between both genres, with their riff-loaded rock as crushingly heavy as their namesake, yet also gloriously and dizzyingly technical.


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