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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents ofguitaristBillKelliher,drummerBrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the morenotableNewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metalacts–agenre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead–Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute blend ofprogressive metal and hardcore helped position the band as one ofthepreeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.

Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabba ...read more

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents ofguitaristBillKelliher,drummerBrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the morenotableNewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metalacts–agenre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead–Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute blend ofprogressive metal and hardcore helped position the band as one ofthepreeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.

Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath, Neurosis and Thin Lizzy, Mastodon signedwithRelapseRecords(Today Isthe Day,The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by the Sun) in 2001, on the strength of afour-song demo. The EPLifesblood arrived thatsame year,followed by the group's full-length debut, Remission, in 2002. Thealbum made positive wavesin the metal community, but itwasn't until 2004'sLeviathan that the band's eclectic brand of proto-metal began to enter thebloodstream of the entire music community. Aspolished and melodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely basedon author Herman Melville's Moby Dick, signaled a turningpoint in the band 'scareer,appearing on many critics' year-end Top Tenlists across the musical spectrum.

Mastodon's newfound popularity eventually landed them a deal with Warner Bros., but not before fulfillingtheircontractwithRelapse in2006byreleasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demoEPs,andWorkhorseChronicles, a DVD thatchronicled the band's story thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band'sthirdalbum, Blood Mountain, debuted at number 32 onthe Billboard charts and received a Grammy nomination intheBestMetalPerformance category for the song "Colony of Birchmen." BloodMountain marked the band's highest chart peak,andset the stage for its long-awaited 2009 follow-up, Crack the Skye. In 2011, the bandreleased the CD/DVDpackageLiveattheAragon, which was recorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skye tour. Mastodon followed quicklywith new material,takinga step back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, The Hunter. It gave themtheirbiggestcommercial success to date, hitting number ten on the Billboard chart.

Later in 2011 Troy Sanders took some time out from the band, forming the metal supergroup Killer Be Killed withDillingerEscape Planvocalist Greg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. He worked withthe groupon and off for the nextfew years; their debut album was eventually released in 2014. Mastodon was still a priority,however. Aftertouring Europe and SouthAmerica in 2012, they started work on their sixth album the following year withproducer NickRaskulinecz. The album, eventually titled OnceMore 'Round the Sun, was released in June 2014, preceded by thesludgy single"High Road." « hide

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LPs
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

3.7
1,366 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
2,266 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,655 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,446 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,576 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
1,992 Votes
EPs
Revenge Gets Ugly
2010

2.7
84 Votes
Oblivion
2009

3.6
44 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.2
18 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
154 Votes
Demo
2000

2.9
27 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Brixton
12/10/2013

3.7
41 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
117 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
104 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
353 Votes

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