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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 aroundthe talents of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds,drummer BrannDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist Bill Kelliher. One of the more notableNew Wave of AmericanHeavy Metal acts–a genrespawned in the mid '90s bybands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead–Mastodon 'sinnovative, lyrically astute brandof progressive metal has helped position theband as one of the mo ...read more

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 aroundthe talents of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds,drummer BrannDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist Bill Kelliher. One of the more notableNew Wave of AmericanHeavy Metal acts–a genrespawned in the mid '90s bybands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead–Mastodon 'sinnovative, lyrically astute brandof progressive metal has helped position theband as one of the most successful,respected metal groups of the early 21stcentury.

Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath,Neurosis and Thin Lizzy, Mastodonsigned withRelapse Records(Today Is the Day, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by theSun) in 2001, onthe strength of a four-songdemo. The EP "Lifesblood" arrivedthat same year, followed by the group's full-length debut,"Remission", in 2002.The album made big wavesin the metal community, but it wasn't until 2004'scritically acclaimed"Leviathan" that Mastodon began to enter the collectiveconsciousness ofthe mainstream music community. As polished andmelodic asit was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on authorHermanMelville's classic novel Moby Dick,signaled a turning point in the band'scareer, appearing on many critics' year-end Top Ten lists across themusicalspectrum.

Mastodon's newfound popularity eventually landed them a deal with WarnerBros. Records, but not before fulfilling their contractwith Relapseby releasing"Call of the Mastodon", a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPsfeaturing previouslyunreleased material, and"Workhorse Chronicles", a DVD thatchronicled the band's story thus far with interviews and concertfootage. Theband's third album, 2006's"Blood Mountain", debuted at number 32 on theBillboard charts & received a warmcritical reception, and lead single "Colony ofBirchmen"received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

After extensive touring in support of Blood Mountain, Mastodon released "Crackthe Skye" in 2009. In addition to being theirmost technicallycomplex work todate, Crack the Skye was also Brann Dailor's debut as co-lead vocalist, partiallybecause manyof the album's lyrics dealt withthe suicide of Dailor's youngersister at age 14. The follow-up to Crack the Skye, "The Hunter"arrived in 2011,and while it surpassed itspredecessors commercially, it received middlingreviews and was criticized by manyfans for embracing a less technical style andfor MikeElizondo's sleek, radio-friendly production style.

Later in 2011, Troy Sanders took some time out from the band, forming themetal supergroup Killer Be Killed with [L]TheDillinger EscapePlan[/L] vocalistGreg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, and former Mars Voltadrummer Dave Elitch.He worked with the group onand off for the next few years;their debut album was eventually released in 2014. Mastodon wasstill apriority,however. After touring Europeand South America in 2012, they startedwork on their sixth album the following yearwith producer Nick Raskulinecz. Thealbum, "Once More'Round the Sun", was released in June 2014, preceded by thesludgysingle"High Road." « hide

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LPs
Emperor of Sand
2017

4
2 Votes
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

3.7
1,493 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
2,373 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,799 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,570 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,722 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
2,076 Votes
EPs
Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP
2010

2.7
86 Votes
Oblivion EP
2009

3.6
46 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.2
18 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
160 Votes
9 Song Demo
2000

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

3.7
46 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
123 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
106 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
361 Votes

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