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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, drummer Brann Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist Bill Kelliher. One of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts–a genre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead–Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute brand of progressive metal has helped position the band as on ...read more

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, drummer Brann Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist Bill Kelliher. One of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts–a genre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and MachineHead–Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute brand of progressive metal has helped position the band as one of the most successful, respected metal groups of the early 21st century.

Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath, Neurosis and Thin Lizzy, Mastodon signed with Relapse Records (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 big waves in the metal community, but it wasn't until 2004's critically acclaimed "Leviathan" that Mastodon began to enter the collective consciousness of the mainstream music community. As polished and melodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, signaled a turning point in the band's career, appearing on many critics' year-end Top Ten lists across the musical spectrum.

Mastodon's newfound popularity eventually landed them a deal with Warner Bros. Records, but not before fulfilling their contract with Relapse by releasing "Call of the Mastodon", a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs featuring previously unreleased material, and "Workhorse Chronicles", a DVD that chronicled the band's story thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band's third album, 2006's "Blood Mountain", debuted at number 32 on the Billboard charts & received a warm critical reception, and lead single "Colony of Birchmen" received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

After extensive touring in support of Blood Mountain, Mastodon released "Crack the Skye" in 2009. In addition to being their most technically complex work to date, Crack the Skye was also Brann Dailor's debut as co-lead vocalist, partially because many of the album's lyrics dealt with the suicide of Dailor's younger sister at age 14. The follow-up to Crack the Skye, "The Hunter" arrived in 2011, and while it surpassed its predecessors commercially, it received middling reviews and was criticized by many fans for embracing a less technical style and for Mike Elizondo's sleek, radio-friendly production style.

Later in 2011, Troy Sanders took some time out from the band, forming the metal supergroup Killer Be Killed with [L]The Dillinger Escape Plan[/L] vocalist Greg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. He worked with the group on and off for the next few years; their debut album was eventually released in 2014. Mastodon was still a priority,however. After touring Europe and South America in 2012, they started work on their sixth album the following year with producer Nick Raskulinecz. The album, "Once More 'Round the Sun", was released in June 2014, preceded by the sludgy single"High Road." « hide

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LPs
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

3.7
1,395 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
2,293 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,687 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,476 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,611 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
2,015 Votes
EPs
Revenge Gets Ugly
2010

2.7
84 Votes
Oblivion
2009

3.6
45 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.2
18 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
155 Votes
Demo
2000

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

3.6
42 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
118 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
104 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
354 Votes

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