Remission Released May 28, 2002 Genre Heavy metal, Sludge metal The Atlanta-based progressive sludge metal band Mastodon plays a very aggressive sludgey style, but that is also so complex that it nears prog rock. The jazzy drumming and clean guitar that go on for most of "Ol'e Nessie" is a Southern-sounding song that could be the Allmans if they beat people with the "Whipping Post" instead of just tying them to it. Their homeland's influence is more subtle the rest of the way, but it's still there if you look beneath the sludgey Sabbath and Motorhead style riffs along with the technicality, helps make Mastodon stand out amongst a ton of other modern metal bands. This is their most abrassive album they have released, but is just as strong as their other releases. I can't pick my favorite track because I love the whole album. This is one of the heaviest albums eve released IMO. Here is a bit of info on why Mastodon named the album Remission. In an interview with online magazine Lollipop in 2004, Dailor explained how Remission was an album that helped him cope with his sister's death - "My sister committed suicide when I was 15 (she was 14)...I was never able to put that stuff anywhere. All that pain I was carrying inside. The pain of losing her had always been there. With Today Is The Day, there was a lot of anger involved. After that, I didn't want to be angry. When I start playing in Mastodon and moved to Atlanta, there was a big personal healing. Mastodon had a lot to do with that. That's one of the main reasons that the album is titled Remission. Remission means forgiveness and healing. Mastodon helped me do that: Forgive a lot of things that happened in my life."