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Mastodon

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

Atlanta-based sludge/progressive/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist BillKelliher,drummer BrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable NewWave ofAmerican Heavy Metal acts–agenre spawned in the mid '90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head–Mastodon 's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive 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 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 positive waves in the metal community, but it wasn't until 2004'sLeviathan that the band's eclectic brand of proto-metal began to enter the bloodstream of the entire music community. As polished and melodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author Herman Melville's 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., but not before fulfilling their contractwithRelapse in 2006byreleasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, andWorkhorseChronicles, a DVD that chronicled the band's story thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band's third album, Blood Mountain, debuted at number 32 on the Billboard charts and received a Grammy nomination in the BestMetalPerformance category for the song "Colony of Birchmen." Blood Mountain marked the band'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 attheAragon, which was recorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skye tour. Mastodon followed quickly with new material, taking a step back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, The Hunter. It gave them their biggest 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 Plan 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, eventually titled 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
1,157 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.7
2,104 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
3,415 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
3,246 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
3,341 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
1,844 Votes
EPs
Revenge Gets Ugly
2010

2.7
82 Votes
Oblivion
2009

3.6
40 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.5
15 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
146 Votes
Demo
2000

3
25 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Brixton
12/10/2013

3.7
30 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
112 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
100 Votes
Compilations
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
325 Votes

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