Before I get down to the actual question, I would like to formerly introduce myself to the readers of HBIH. I’m fairly new here, and I’ve only made two posts so far, but it really is awesome to be writing for such a great site, and being involved in a genre I really love.

Anyways, this question was inspired by my listening of the new Mastodon album, which is totally awesome. Every time I listen to a new album from a band, one of the most important things that goes through my mind is “How does it stack up against their past efforts?”  Albums should, of course, be judged by their own merits, but context is really quite important to me as a listener. So in order for me to truly process an album and judge it’s worth, I have to put it up against the band’s past efforts, and in order to do that I have to go back and listen to either my favorite release by the band, or their entire discography.

A task like that can be quite daunting when it comes to musicians like Devin Townsend — his discography stretches into 20+ albums — but fairly easy for Mastodon with just four previous releases — five if you count Call of the Mastodon.

So that’s what I’ve been doing, listening to the band’s past releases in between listening to the The Hunter. Remission and Leviathan today, Blood Mountain and Crack the Sky tomorrow.

I think I’m getting to the point of redundancy here. Anywho, fire off in the comments and let us know how you process a new album. I really am quite interested in seeing what you all have to say.

– EC

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