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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist BillKelliher,drummerBrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metalacts–agenre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Headâ€. Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute blend ofprogressive metal 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, Bl ...read more

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist BillKelliher,drummerBrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metalacts–agenre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Headâ€. Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute blend ofprogressive metal 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 withRelapseRecords (Today Isthe Day,The Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by the Sun) in 2001, on the strength of a four-song demo. The EP Lifesblood arrived thatsame year,followed by the group's full-length debut, Remission, in 2002. The album made positive waves in the metal community, but itwasn't until 2004'sLeviathan that the band's eclectic brand of proto-metal began to enter the bloodstream of the entire music community. Aspolished and melodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author Herman Melville's Moby Dick, signaled a turningpoint 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., but not before fulfilling their contractwithRelapse in2006byreleasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, andWorkhorseChronicles, a DVD thatchronicled the band's story thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band's third album, Blood Mountain, debuted at number 32 onthe Billboard charts and received a Grammy nomination in the BestMetalPerformance category for the song "Colony of Birchmen." BloodMountain marked the band's highest chart peak, and set the stage for its long-awaited 2009 follow-up, Crack the Skye. In 2011, the bandreleased the CD/DVDpackage Live attheAragon, which was recorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skye tour. Mastodon followed quicklywith new material, taking a step back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, The Hunter. It gave them theirbiggest commercial success to date, hitting number ten on the Billboard chart.

Later in 2011 Troy Sanders took some time out from the band, forming the metal supergroup Killer Be Killed with Dillinger Escape Planvocalist Greg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. He worked with the group on and off for the nextfew years; their debut album was eventually released in 2014. Mastodon was still a priority, however. After touring Europe and SouthAmerica in 2012, they started work on their sixth album the following year with producer Nick Raskulinecz. The album, eventually titled OnceMore '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
1,264 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
2,193 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,552 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,360 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,468 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
1,927 Votes
EPs
Revenge Gets Ugly
2010

2.7
81 Votes
Oblivion
2009

3.6
41 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.5
15 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
150 Votes
Demo
2000

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

3.7
36 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
114 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
103 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
339 Votes

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