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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist BillKelliher,drummer Bränn Dailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metal acts–a genre spawned inthe mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head–Mastodon'sinnovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal and hardcorehelped position the band as one of thepreeminent metalacts of the early 21st century.

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Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist BillKelliher,drummer Bränn Dailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metal acts–a genre spawned inthe mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head–Mastodon'sinnovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal and hardcorehelped position the band as one of thepreeminent metalacts of the early 21st century.

Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath, Neurosis and Thin Lizzy, Mastodon signed withRelapseRecords (Today Is the Day,The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by the Sun) in 2001, on the strength of a foursongdemo. The EP Lifesblood arrived that same year,followed by the group's full-length debut, Remission, in 2002. Thealbummade positive waves in the metal community, but it wasn't until 2004'sLeviathan that the band's eclectic brand ofproto-metal began to enter the bloodstream of the entire music community. As polished and melodic as itwas brutal andgenre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author Herman Melville's Moby Dick, signaled a turning point in the band'scareer,appearingon many critics' year-end Top Ten lists across the musical spectrum.

Mastodon's new-found popularity eventually landed them a deal with Warner Bros., but not before fulfilling their contractwithRelapse in 2006 byreleasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, andWorkhorseChronicles, a DVD that chronicled the band'sstory thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band's thirdalbum,Blood Mountain, debuted at number 32 on the Billboard charts and receiveda Grammy nomination in the BestMetalPerformance category for the song "Colony of Birchmen." Blood Mountain marked the band's highest chartpeak, and setthestage for its long-awaited 2009 follow-up, Crack the Skye. In 2011, the band released the CD/DVD package Live attheAragon, whichwas recorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skye tour. Mastodon followed quickly with new material,taking astep back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, The Hunter. « hide

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LPs
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

3.8
906 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
1,972 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,252 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,115 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,172 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
1,741 Votes
EPs
Revenge Gets Ugly
2010

2.7
73 Votes
Oblivion
2009

3.6
36 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.3
13 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
139 Votes
9 Song Demo
2000

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

3.7
25 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
109 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
99 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
314 Votes

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