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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/progressive metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist Bill Kelliher, drummer Bränn Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave of American Heavy Metal acts,a genre spawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, and hardcore helped positiontheband asone ofthepreeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.

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

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/progressive metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist Bill Kelliher, drummer Bränn Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave of American Heavy Metal acts,a genre spawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, and hardcore helped positiontheband asone ofthepreeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.

Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath, Neurosis, and Thin Lizzy,Mastodon signed with RelapseRecords (Today Is the Day, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by the Sun) in 2001 on the strength of a four-song demo. The EP Lifesblood arrived that same year, followed by the group's full-length debut, Remission, in 2002.The album made positive waves in the metal community, butit wasn't until 2004's Leviathan that the band's eclectic brand of proto-metal began to enter the bloodstream of the entire music community. As polished and melodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author Herman Melville's Moby Dick, signaled a turning point in the band's career, appearing on critics' year-end Top Ten lists across the musical spectrum.

Mastodon's newfound popularity eventually landed them a deal with Warner Bros., but not before fulfilling their contract with Relapse in 2006 by releasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, and Workhorse Chronicles, a DVD that chronicledthe band's story thus far with interviews and concert footage.Theband'sthirdalbum, BloodMountain, debuted at number 32 on the Billboard charts and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for the song "Colony of Birchmen." Blood Mountain marked the band's highest chart peak,andsetthestage for itslong-awaited 2009 follow-up, Crack the Skye. In 2011, the bandreleased the CD/DVD packageLiveattheAragon, which wasrecorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skye tour. Mastodon followed quickly with new material, taking a step back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, The Hunter. « hide

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LPs
The Hunter
2011

3.8
1,740 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4
2,983 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
2,854 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
2,902 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
1,559 Votes
EPs
Revenge Gets Ugly
2010

2.8
71 Votes
Oblivion
2009

3.6
26 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.6
9 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
130 Votes
9 Song Demo
2000

3
20 Votes
Live Albums
Live At Brixton
12/10/2013

4
12 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.8
101 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
98 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
290 Votes

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