I loved this band when I heard Remission, Leviathan and Blood Mountain. CTS was IMO their weakest effort by far, and this seems like it's in the same vein. Musically it reminds me of Blood Mountain which is good, but I wish they would go back to their Remission/Leviathan style vocals. The energy is simply not there anymore. I will buy the album and judge it fully, but Mastodon has been so watered down and tame lately.
I wish Brent would leave the singing up to Troy too, I really don't like his voice. I have been disinterested with the band as Brent started singing more and more. It's a shame because they were my favourite band for a about a year, and Leviathan would be in my top albums of all time.