04-15 Mastodon cover Led Zeppelin
09-01 Mastodon go "Toe to Toes"
08-20 New Mastodon LP in September?
03-07 Mastodon debut 3rd track
02-03 Mastodon unveil second track
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Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/ metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents ofguitaristBillKelliher,drummerBrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable New WaveofAmericanHeavyMetalacts, agenrespawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon'sinnovative,lyricallyastuteblendofprogressive metal,grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent metal acts ofthe early21stcentury.Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath, Neurosis, and Thin Lizzy, Mas ...read more
Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/ metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents ofguitaristBillKelliher,drummerBrännDailor,bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable New WaveofAmericanHeavyMetalacts, agenrespawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon'sinnovative,lyricallyastuteblendofprogressive metal,grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent metal acts ofthe early21stcentury.Formed out of a mutual admiration for the Melvins, Black Sabbath, Neurosis, and Thin Lizzy, Mastodon signedwithRelapseRecords(TodayIstheDay, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, Burnt by the Sun) in 2001 on the strength of a four-song demo.TheEPLifesbloodarrivedthatsameyear, followed by the group's full-length debut, Remission, in 2002. The album made positive waves inthemetalcommunity,butitwasn't until2004's Leviathan that the band's eclectic brand of proto-metal began to enter the bloodstream oftheentiremusiccommunity.Aspolished andmelodic as it was brutal and genre-defying, Leviathan, loosely based on author HermanMelville'sMobyDick,signaled aturningpoint 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 theircontractwithRelapsein2006byreleasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, and WorkhorseChronicles,aDVDthatchronicledtheband's story thus far with interviews and concert footage. The band's third album, Blood Mountain, debutedatnumber32onthe Billboardchartsand received a Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for the song"ColonyofBirchmen."BloodMountain markedtheband's highest chart peak, and set the stage for its long-awaited 2009 follow-up, Crack theSkye.In2011, thebandreleased theCD/DVDpackage Live at the Aragon, which was recorded in Chicago during the Crack the Skyetour.Mastodonfollowedquicklywith newmaterial, takinga step back from their more prog-oriented approach on their fifth studio album, TheHunter.It gavethemtheirbiggestcommercial 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 BeKilledwithDillingerEscapePlanvocalistGreg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. He worked with thegrouponand off forthenextfew years;their debut album was eventually released in 2014. Mastodon was still a priority, however.AftertouringEuropeandSouthAmerica in 2012, theystarted work on their sixth album the following year with producer NickRaskulinecz.Thealbum,eventuallytitledOnce More 'Round the Sun, wasreleased in June 2014, preceded by the sludgy single "High Road." Overthe nexttwoyears,severalrelativesof the bandmembers suffered withcancer. Sanders' wife, Jeza, received treatment for breast cancer,recovering in2015;thefollowingyear,Kelliher's mother died of a brain tumor,with Dailor's mother also diagnosed. These traumatic experiencesinformed thelyricsoftheband'sseventh album, Emperor of Sand, produced byBrendan O'Brien and released in 2017. Its concept,ostensiblyrevolvingaroundthecurseplaced on a wandering traveler by a desert ruler, wasacknowledged by Dailor in interviews as a metaphorfor cancer. « hide
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