I scheduled this post to be Mastodon only before I realized that I don't actually have that much to say about the band. I mean, yes, their subject matter is pretty wild, and their prog-metal interesting and awesome. Yes, they have a broader appeal than some metal bands. And yes, if you like music that cooks and pummels, you will probably like them. But lots of people have written about them elsewhere and none of this adds anything to the discussion. So, well, there you go.
Call Of The Mastodon EP (2006). Lifesblood plus tracks from their first release, a vinyl-only EP from 2000. Much like Lifesblood, it's more promise for the future than awesomeness itself.
There is a paraplegic and the only way that he can go anywhere is if he astral travels. He goes out of his body, into outer space and a bit like Icarus, he goes too close to the sun, burning off the golden umbilical cord that is attached to his solar plexus. So he is in outer space and he is lost, he gets sucked into a wormhole, he ends up in the spirit realm and he talks to spirits telling them that he is not really dead. So they send him to the Russian cult, they use him in a divination and they find out his problem. They decide they are going to help him. They put his soul inside Rasputin's body. Rasputin goes to usurp the czar and he is murdered. The two souls fly out of Rasputin's body through the crack in the sky(e) and Rasputin is the wise man that is trying to lead the child home to his body because his parents have discovered him by now and think that he is dead. Rasputin needs to get him back into his body before it's too late. But they end up running into the Devil along the way and the Devil tries to steal their souls and bring them down…there are some obstacles along the way.See? Easy. This is the proggiest damn thing outside of Magma. But without choral singing. And more metal.