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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/ 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 New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genrespawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal,grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.

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

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/ 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 New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genrespawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal,grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent 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 Relapse Records (Today Is theDay, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by the Sun) in 2001 on the strength of a four-song demo. The EP Lifesblood arrived that sameyear, followed by the group's full-length debut, Remission, in 2002. The album made positive waves in the metal community, but it wasn't until2004's Leviathan that the band's eclectic brand of proto-metal began to enter the bloodstream of the entire music community. As polished andmelodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author Herman Melville's Moby Dick, signaled a turning point in theband'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 byreleasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, and Workhorse Chronicles, a DVD that chronicled theband's story thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band's third album, Blood Mountain, debuted at number 32 on the Billboard chartsand received a Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for the song "Colony of Birchmen." Blood Mountain marked theband's highest chart peak, and set the stage for its long-awaited 2009 follow-up, Crack the Skye. In 2011, the band released the CD/DVDpackage Live at the Aragon, which was recorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skye tour. Mastodon followed quickly with new material, takinga step back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, The Hunter. It gave them their biggest commercial success todate, hitting number ten on the Billboard charts.

Later in 2011 Troy Sanders took some time out from the band, forming the metal supergroup Killer Be Killed with Dillinger Escape Plan vocalistGreg 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, theystarted work on their sixth album the following year with producer Nick Raskulinecz. The album, eventually titled Once More 'Round the Sun, wasreleased in June 2014, preceded by the sludgy single "High Road." Over the next two years, several relatives of the bandmembers suffered withcancer. Sanders' wife, Jeza, received treatment for breast cancer, recovering in 2015; the following year, Kelliher's mother died of a brain tumor,with Dailor's mother also diagnosed. These traumatic experiences informed the lyrics of the band's seventh album, Emperor of Sand, produced byBrendan O'Brien and released in 2017. Its concept, ostensibly revolving around the curse placed on a wandering traveler by a desert ruler, wasacknowledged by Dailor in interviews as a metaphor for cancer. « hide

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LPs
Emperor of Sand
2017

3.8
623 Votes
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

3.7
1,584 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
2,460 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,911 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,652 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,831 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
2,157 Votes
EPs
Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP
2010

2.7
90 Votes
Oblivion EP
2009

3.6
45 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.2
19 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
165 Votes
9 Song Demo
2000

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

3.7
51 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
128 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

3.9
107 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
374 Votes

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