"Capillarian Crest" as written by and Brent Hinds Troy Jayson Sanders....
Capillarian gone away
Capillarian gone away

It's a shattered wave
Cosmogenic cycles
Universal dreams
The unseen essence

Energies refreshed
Twelve years of silence
Frivolous the moments
Shake the hand of lightning

Capillarian carnate
Capillarian carnate

You don't have to go
Escaping from the long way
You can't leave us here all alone

Carve out your soul
Lay it on the altar
And leave us here all alone

This river's running violent
No way to catch our breath
Rising from the mercury
We will climb to bestow our trust

Take away the anchor
Amplify the mystery
Inhale the earth and wind
Map out the plans to our test

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"Capillarian Crest" as written by Brent Hinds Troy Jayson Sanders


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  • +5
    General CommentI think this song refers to the traveler of the album encountering a river.
    This only occured to me recently, but a capillary is a blood vessel, and this is Blood Mountain. It would make sense for it's river to be a capillary. Also, the crest of a river, in hydrology, is the highest level above a certain point (the datum point, or reference point) that a river will reach in a certain amount of time. This term is usually limited to a flooding event I think.
    '12 years of silence' refers to blood mountain erupting after 12 dormant years, and its rivers beginning to flow again.
    Also 'river flows violence', 'take away the anchor' and 'shattered wave' all enfoce water imagery.
    Let me know what you think!
    Fatali-Liberion March 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am the law, I'm misunderstanding your post. Are you saying I'm an MCR fan? I'm not. Though I'm not sure if that was what you're saying...
    ElderOblivionon September 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember stage diving during the part where they start the lines:

    "You don't have to go
    Escaping from the long way
    And leave us here all alone
    Carve out your soul
    Lay it on the alter
    And leave us here all alone"

    when I saw them with converge, this was before I ever even go tinto them. It was truly unreal.
    SaviorSalvation213on October 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think listening to this song can actually make you smarter. Here's why: If you can listen to and process every chord, every drumbeat, and then listen to the song again and again and start to predict those impossibly fast notes, then your mind is working on a plane above most others. Doesn't matter if you're a nuclear physicist or philosopher, it takes some serious brainpower to really hear every drumbeat and chord. I doubt there's anyone out there who can hear every note in this song clearly without totally dedicating themselves to listening to it. This song gets you completely into the moment when you listen to it, and that is much better than what most of pop music does today. Heavy metal isn't all that bad, dammit.

    From a medical standpoint the song title has to do with the "watershed area" where blood vessels end and start to return the blood to the body via veins. When the body goes into shock, the blood pressure drops, and these areas are the first to lose blood supply, and they can die. That's why you lose your toes first when you get frostbite.
    mmthompson33on March 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGoddammit Brann is a fucking genius on this song.
    That man is volatile with a drumset.
    masterexploderboyon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't consider myself a "metal" person, but some Mastodon songs are really good, this being the best...I know nothing about the band, so I would sound like a moron if I tried to form a meaning...
    ElderOblivionon September 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti haven't heard a good metal album in ages.. blood mountain would be it.. this being my favorite track right now off it.. the musicianship on it is really good.. almost reminds me of mars volta meets soundgarden or meets ozzy or somethin lol
    bharQon September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe melodic part after the craziness is one of the high points of this album. I love this song with it's tempo changes, I think Mastodon are about to hit on something huge.
    Cloudconnectedon September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsnt a capillarian some kind of caterpillar?
    It wouldnt be way out of Mastodons league to write a song about a carnivorous giant caterpillar...
    Ddaduttaon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe only reference to Capillarian I can find has to deal with caterpillars or a parasitic worm. But when you look at the lyrics it doesn't make sense at all.

    I don't know, from the lyrics I kinda get the sense that this is about the main character of the story finally preparing himself for his journey, convincing himself this is what he needs to do. But that really doesn't make sense cause this song is the fourth. Would make more sense if it was the opening song of the album.
    supergump88on September 20, 2006   Link

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