The Last Baron

Album: Crack the Skye (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Guitarist Bill Kelliher told The Skinny magazine, that this, "is a crazy 15-minute song that's got all sorts of different elements of Mastodon involved with it. It had five, six or seven riffs in a row when Brent (Hinds, vocals) brought it to us - it didn't really have any shape or direction - and we tried to make sense of it. We had all these powerful riffs and embellished beyond what Brent had done with chorus parts to really craft it into a song. To me it had a Mars Volta feel to it when we started playing the heavily delayed part. The third part of the song has a great breakdown that was one of the very first riffs we had for the record but I didn't know what to make of it, we'd never played anything like that before.

    It's got a freeform freak-out jazz part in the middle there, kind of Frank Zappa-ish, almost like a trumpet playing sound to the guitar parts. It feels like a quick burst of energy. That part comes out of leftfield but it all fits together.

    It sprang to life once the melodies came in and it's got some cool chicken pickin' parts and a really good funk vibe going on towards the end. It also has a kickass solo in the end; it's just a really moving song and a perfect ender for the record. It sums the whole thing up."

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  • Nick from Plains, PaDefinative Favorite off of CTS! nothing can compare to the epicness of this song
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