Let's get one thing straight right off the bat; BISON B.C.'s "Quiet Earth" sounds A LOT like MASTODON. More specifically, it sounds A LOT like their "Remission" album. Now these guys aren't going to be getting any originality points, but this is one hell of a great album nonetheless.
As I always say, the most important element in this style of metal is the riffs and these guys absolutely bring the riffs on "Quiet Earth." Every song here is jammed full of groove heavy riffs and an abundance of eccentric sounding guitar harmonies, straight out of the book of MASTODON. Even the vocals are extremely similar to the old, raw style that MASTODON used in the past before they changed over to a somewhat cleaner style. One area where BISON B.C. can't compare to MASTODON is the drumming. The drumming here is extremely solid and definitely above average, but Brann Dailor is in another league when talking about drummers.
It's not like these guys are a total MASTODON ripoff though. They're just different enough and the songwriting is so good that I don't have a problem with it. I really don't have anything negative to say about this album other than the fact that the material isn't all that original, but that's a small gripe considering almost everything has been done already.
Overall this is a great album and easily one of my favorites of 2008 so far. The songwriting is great, the production is heavy and in your face, and the riffs just pull you in. Don't hesitate to run out and pick up this album.
(Online October 3, 2008)