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White Whale, Holy Grail: Moby Dick and Mastodon's Leviathan


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#1 thejamminjabber

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:32 PM

Hello ladies and gents, long time lurker and all that.

This may seem a little late to the game, but I've written a piece on Mastodon and Melville for literary site LitReactor.com that I thought might interest people here. I even quote board member StreetShaman.

http://litreactor.co...hale-holy-grail

Feel free to discuss/praise/tear apart. Rock on.

#2 CurseoftheSheepHead

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:20 AM

Excellent read...I'd(EDIT haha) like to see how you'd interpret Blood Mountain...Cool stuff, for real man.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:12 AM

Excellent read...Imd like to see how you'd interpret Blood Mountain...Cool stuff, for real man.


I second this. I'd love to read about Blood Mountain...

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:06 AM

Good work man, keep it up!

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:09 AM

That is awesome! I know it's probably asking too much, but, besides blood mountain, why not crack the skye? Just a suggestion, man. Again, really good job.

#6 thejamminjabber

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for reading guys. I chose Leviathan because I write for a literary site and wanted an excuse to write about Mastodon. The Moby Dick connection was perfect. I'd love to delve into the other albums, but would have to find an outlet for the finished products, as they don't directly pertain to the world of books.

Any fans of the band, THE OCEAN, around these parts? They have a suite of songs based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Grand Inquisitor,' which I am considering writing about. Great band that Mastodon fans might appreciate. Check out the albums Heliocentric and Anthropocentric.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:55 PM

You should write a piece on that suite. The Ocean are awesome.

#8 CurseoftheSheepHead

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:11 PM

A deep breath for the plunge...That's basically a Gandalf line. Is that a close enough reason? Haha

And ya..I have Antrhopocentric...I do believe I enjoyed it.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:34 PM

Any fans of the band, THE OCEAN, around these parts? They have a suite of songs based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Grand Inquisitor,' which I am considering writing about. Great band that Mastodon fans might appreciate. Check out the albums Heliocentric and Anthropocentric.


Yes. The Heliocentric/Anthropocentric theme would be great.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:44 PM

Blood Mountain seems to revolve around the Monomyth of Joseph Campbell, much of which can be found in his book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces". Here's a link to the wiki page on the book:

http://en.wikipedia...._Thousand_Faces

The opening lines to Blood Mountain are direct homage to Campbell:

the hero of the gods
the crossing of the threshold
the belly of the whale
refusal of return


The monomyth is outlined here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth

There are also various snippets of verse that appear Campbellian such as:

"the call to adventure comes"
"a thousand faces"
"language of the signs"

I wrote my thoughts on the album when I first signed up for the boards here. I think the post is long gone now, I'll have to dig around for it and see.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:01 PM

First couple of paragraphs have me intrigued, but I'm not really in the mindset to fully take this in right now, consider it part of my to do list.

P.S. We need more of this kind of new guy, willing to lurk for years before unleashing something truly bad ass on the community. I lurked for a year before my first post, and by Jove it made me the upstanding poster I am today, stiff upper lip and all that.




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