All three great, though I’m saving anything more elaborate than that for my Best of 2011 list. I’ll say this though: the DVD bonus material on Heritage pwns the shit out of the other two. It’s an hour long, and while I have never seen Mikael Akerfeldt look so bored and annoyed with being on camera, it was highly enjoyable. Seeing Alex Acuña work his voodoo magic was ace, and the two bonus tracks were fine additions.
Mastodon had excellent behind-the-scenes-making-of material for both Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye, and all we get here is five minutes? Lame stain. Nice to hear Brann talk about each individual track, but not a single word from any other band member? Not a word from the producer? Not a word from AJ Fosik, the woodworker who created the cover art? No video from the recording sessions? Fucking lame stain. There’s an “alternate reality” featured which I have seen demonstrated on YouTube, but I can’t get it to work.
Machine Head’s was a bit better, with a 22 minute documentary about the recording of Unto the Locust. Nice, but still too brief. Makes you wonder why Machine Head and Mastodon even bothered to make bonus DVDs in the first place.
Learn from Opeth, kids.
via Metal Bastard