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Mastodon

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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LPs
Hushed and Grim
2021

Emperor of Sand
2017

3.7
1,387 Votes
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

3.6
2,063 Votes
The Hunter
2011

3.6
2,894 Votes
Crack the Skye
2009

4.1
4,522 Votes
Blood Mountain
2006

4
4,177 Votes
Leviathan
2004

4.2
4,437 Votes
Remission
2002

3.8
2,580 Votes
EPs
Stairway to Nick John
2019

3.3
33 Votes
Cold Dark Place
2017

3.7
494 Votes
Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP
2010

2.7
107 Votes
Oblivion EP
2009

3.6
53 Votes
Slick Leg
2001

3.4
30 Votes
Lifesblood
2001

3.5
183 Votes
9 Song Demo
2000

3.1
46 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Brixton
12/10/2013

3.7
58 Votes
Live at the Aragon
2011

3.7
140 Votes
The Workhorse Chronicles [DVD]
2006

4
120 Votes
Compilations
Medium Rarities
2020

2.9
62 Votes
Call of the Mastodon
2006

3.4
433 Votes

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