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MASTODON was formed in 1999 when Brann Dailor (drums) and Bill Kelliher (guitars),former members of TODAY IS THE DAY and LETHARGY emmigrated to Atlanta from their native Rochester,New York and met Brent Hinds (guitars,vocals) and Troy Sanders (bass,vocals).In 2000 they recorded a demo that is referred to as the "9 song demo",which actually featured the bands first lead singer Eric Saner on vocals.This recording was remastered and released by Relapse Records with the title "Call of the Mastodon" in 2006.After a short time Saner left the band due to personal reasons and MASTODON signed with Relapse in 2001.

The bands first official release was the well received "Lifesblood" EP in 2001,but since then the band has moved away from the music of this release stylistically.In 2002 MASTODON released their first official full-length album "Remission".

2004 heralded the release of Leviathan,a concept album loosely based on Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.This is the album that steers MASTODON'S music away from the sludge/post-hardcore sound and sees the band experimenting and becoming more progressive.It is impressively well constructed,with each song flowing into the next,giving it a very natural feel.With slower,chunkier riffs,odd-time rhythms,cleaner vocals and a better production,it also contains a bona-fide epic with the 13 minute track "Hearts Alive".This album is literally driven by Dailor's hyperactive,fill-happy jazz/progressive style melded seamlessly with Sanders bass work,Kelliher's and Hinds' intricate and complex riffs and Sander's and Hind's alternating clean and growling vocals to tell the tale.

In 2005 two forthcoming releases were announced,the aforementioned "Call of the Mastodon",and the "The Workhorse Chronicles",a DVD containing interviews and concert footage,including material from the band's early days as a five-piece.Both were released in 2006.This effectively ended MASTODON'S deal with Relapse Records.

In 2006 MASTODON released their third full-length album "Blood Mountain",which was originally planned as one long piece of music,but which later became a collection of individual songs rather than another full blown concept album.The album contains guest appearances from NEUROSIS vocalist Scott Kelly,QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE'S Josh Homme and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of THE MARS VOLTA.

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MASTODON shows & tickets


  • Hopscotch Music Festival on 4 Sep 2014
  • Riot Fest 2014 on 12 Sep 2014
  • Aftershock Festival on 13 Sep 2014
  • Mastodon at Jimmy Kimmel Live Outdoor Stage, Los Angeles on 15 Sep 2014
  • Louder Than Life Music Festival on 4 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Fox Theater Pomona, Pomona, CA on 17 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Marquee Theatre, Tempe on 18 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Stubb's Bar-B-Q, Austin on 20 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at South Side Music Hall, Dallas on 21 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Uptown Theater, Kansas City on 22 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit on 24 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Métropolis, Quebec on 29 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island on 30 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon on 31 Oct 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey on 1 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg on 2 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Rams Head Live!, Baltimore on 4 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon on 5 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Marathon Music Works, Nashville on 6 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Tabernacle, Atlanta on 7 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at Academy, Dublin on 19 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at Limelight, Belfast on 20 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at O2 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton on 22 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at Manchester Academy 1, Manchester on 24 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at O2 Academy, Newcastle on 25 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow on 26 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at O2 Academy Brixton, London on 28 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham on 29 Nov 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at Rock City, Nottingham on 1 Dec 2014
  • Mastodon + Big Business + Krokodil at O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol on 2 Dec 2014

MASTODON discography


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MASTODON top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.48 | 130 ratings
Remission
2002
3.82 | 264 ratings
Leviathan
2004
3.72 | 274 ratings
Blood Mountain
2006
4.05 | 488 ratings
Crack the Skye
2009
3.75 | 345 ratings
The Hunter
2011
3.59 | 76 ratings
Once More 'Round the Sun
2014

MASTODON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.64 | 30 ratings
Live at the Aragon
2011

MASTODON Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.57 | 7 ratings
The Workhorse Chronicles: The Early Years, 2000 - 2005
2011

MASTODON Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.26 | 23 ratings
Call Of The Mastodon
2006

MASTODON Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.78 | 12 ratings
Lifesblood
2001
3.20 | 11 ratings
Divinations
2009
3.60 | 10 ratings
Oblivion EP
2009
3.04 | 20 ratings
Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP
2010
2.48 | 10 ratings
Curl of the Burl
2011
3.67 | 9 ratings
Black Tongue
2011

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 Once More 'Round the Sun by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.59 | 76 ratings

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Once More 'Round the Sun
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars Ok, so it is not as progressive as Crack the Skye. It is not as raw as Remission. Sure there is more production than other releases, but that is to be understood from their latest offering. I can say that this is a superb collection of songs. Sure there is no 20 minute track, but this album flows so well as one homogeneous piece of music. The band sounds tight, melodic, and unmistakably Mastodon. The amazing musicianship, excellent songwriting and compositions are all prevalent. I gave this many listens prior to rating it because I wanted it to sink in. I find myself enjoying it immensely and listening to it right now. Once More 'Round the Sun may just be their best album yet. But with an amazing catalog, Mastodon proves they can do no wrong.

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 Once More 'Round the Sun by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.59 | 76 ratings

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Once More 'Round the Sun
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars What really can I say about Mastodon. Ever since these guys came out, they have been receiving nothing but praise. I even have seen people describe them as the most important metal band out at the moment...and I have to agree. These guys have been surprising audiences and critics alike for over 10 years now have been wowing pretty much anybody who listens to them.

After the success and absolute madness that was 'Crack The Skye', the band returned to their metal roots with 'The Hunter' but where showing some slight touches towards a more contemporary style. Now they have pretty much gone fully contemporary. Musically the album has the band going towards the light of...popular music. Now don't get me wrong, they aren't doing songs with Avici or Nicki Minaj, but the band are sounding a lot more polished and poppier. The songs definite have a lot more focus on chorus and standard song structures with melodic phrasing. Drummer Brann Dailor's vocals are now way more prominent, which I believe to be a good thing because I think he has a brilliant voice. I have heard a few people criticise Brent's vocals on this album, but I think his vocals are better than ever. Now and then his vocals can be rather hard to interpret, but melodically they sound great. And as always, Troy's vocals are getting better album by album.

Now, this album isn't perfect, I do have some gripes. The first half does slightly eclipse the second half, but I overall don't think there is a bad song on this album. One slight gripe I have is with the production. Now having a lot more noticeable and catchier vocal hooks, I do feel that the vocals are a bit too low in the mix. While I do like Brann's vocals becoming more prominent I feel his drumming is lacking on this album. On albums like 'Leviathan' and 'Blood Mountain', Brann's drumming was almost Keith Moon in nature. On this album, they are pretty normal. Still impressive but nothing mindblowing sadly.

The opening track 'Tread Lightly' is a brilliant opener. An all out riff fest, the song also shows off the vocals from Troy and Brann, with some nice hooks and musical moments throughout.

One of the albums best tracks has to be 'The Motherload.' Having a rather 80's Ozzy Osbourne feel to it, Brann gives off one of his best vocal performances singing a great chorus. Probably the catchiest song on the album and a possible next single.

The album's lead single 'High Road' is the perfect choice. Starting off with a black metal influenced riff, the verses are heavy as hell before the chorus kicks in with a rather anthemic feel behind it. The real moment to shine on this track has to be the guitar solos in the middle 8. The music video for this song is also pretty great too.

'Chimes At Midnight' to me reminds me of previous track 'Black Tongue.' Packed full of kick ass riffs and boasting a brilliant vocal performance from Troy. One of the most interesting instrumental songs on the album and being more focused towards Mastodon's previous sounds.

'Asleep In The Deep' is probably one of the most unique songs the band have made so far. At times the song edges on pop/indie rock sounds before turning into a space rock mammnoth by the end. Some great vocals by Brann and Troy throughout too.

One of the oddest tracks on the album has to be 'Aunt Lisa.' Being rather ecclectic with its arrangements, it has some odd twists and turns, including an ending with female gang vocals.

The final and longest track on the album ''Diamond In The Witch House' is a song which features Scott Kelly from Neurosis. One of the least catchiest songs but musically interesting songs, it truncheons along like a Mastodon would do if they where still walking about today. I do think this sounds too familiar to Kelly's band Neurosis, but it does have some nice moments throughout.

In conclusion, this album pretty much proves the band can't make a bad album. Going into a more mainstream direction can be dangerous territory for certain artists, but Mastodon have been able to 'Tread Lightly' into a more contemporary style while still being true to themselves. Packed full of tunes and opening many doors for the band. Godspeed to them as they continue to make great music.

8.3/10

Genres: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Pop Rock, Sludge, Space Rock

Country of origin: USA

Year of release: 2014

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 Blood Mountain by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.72 | 274 ratings

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Blood Mountain
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars I've never been too hot on Queens of the Stone Age, so to detect a glimmer of their influence on Mastodon's Blood Mountain (even before I realised Josh Homme was guesting on Colony of Birchmen) was an unwelcome turn of events. Mastodon's bid at creating a crossover piece which would bridge the gap between the sludge and progressive metal they'd built their sound on and the broader commercial audience the success of Leviathan had brought them tantalisingly close to doesn't quite work, and whilst I can't blame Mastodon for giving it a shot at a mainstream breakthrough, equally I respect the fact that they backed away from this particular stylistic departure when they realised it wasn't quite taking.

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 Remission by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.48 | 130 ratings

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Remission
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars MASTODON make their debut with REMISSION showing the world a new kind of progressive sludge metal that was invented by Neurosis but adds more aggressive elements such as the more frenetic riffing of the dual guitars of Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher but the star of this and most MASTODON albums has to be the incredible hyperactive drum playing of Brann Dailor. He alone gives this band a unique sound that I have heard is due to the fact he learned to play with the guitars instead of the bass as most drummers do.

REMISSION is by far the heaviest sounding of any MASTODON album so far. It delivers a brutal sound that matches the intensity of any death metal band like Behemoth or black metal fury as of Emperor but still manages some more low key moments for the sake of diversity. It screams out that it is uncompromising and occasionally when all but the bass fall silent we can hear the true inventor of all this wrath as lead vocalist and bassist Troy Sanders pounds away on the bass like 10 Geddy Lees in unison. He explained that one of the main influences of this album was a place to channel his pain and angst regarding the suicide of his sister during his teenage years.

Although these are fast and furious tracks that lack the progressive tendencies of later albums for the most part it is clear by tracks like "Elephant Man" that MASTODON is toying with the world of progressiveness in their music and clearly show that not only are they interested in taking it on but are more than capable of delivering interesting results that leave the listener wanting to hear where they take the next step in their musical development. Not their best album but a very strong debut nonetheless and only seems slightly inferior because of the extremely strong albums that follow.

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 The Hunter by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.75 | 345 ratings

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The Hunter
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Having wrapped up their "four elements"-themed series of albums with Crack the Skye, Mastodon must have been ready for a change, and The Hunter certainly is that. Presenting a more accessible and less overtly technical Mastodon than we've seen in a long time, this is light progresssive metal with stoner and sludge influences that feels a bit like Mastodon on holiday - taking a break from trying to push the boundaries of the genre and simply having a bit of fun with some corny stoner metal material. The end result is a decidedly listenable album which would be a great first choice for anyone just getting into the band.

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 Crack the Skye by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 488 ratings

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Crack the Skye
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As you might expect from an album named after one of the more obscure 1970s progressive rock bands (Crack the Sky, no "e" on the Sky), this Mastodon album has a certain nostalgic vibe to it - it feels, in fact, like Mastodon taking a stab at making stoner metal, right down to the vocals which sound a lot like Sabotage-era Ozzy Osbourne. (Indeed, if you Crack the Skye do you get a Hole In the Skye?)

Of course, this is stoner metal filtered through Mastodon's distinctive sludgy-prog aesthetic, so this isn't purely an exercise in nostalgia - instead, it's a lightning raid on the past, plundering whatever works best for the purposes of Mastodon's compositional goals and leaving behind what doesn't work for them and in this way advancing their sound even as they pay tribute to their influences.

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 Leviathan by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 264 ratings

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Leviathan
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Mastodon's sludged-out take on the classic Moby Dick take kicks off in brilliant fashion with Blood and Thunder, mashing up technical, complex playing, roaring vocals, and a singalong chant that wouldn't go amiss on one of Marilyn Manson's more enjoyable albums. The combination of the progressive and the accessible into a new and unfamiliar configuration continues throughout the album as we travel with Mastodon in pursuit of the white whale, with the fuzzy guitars of Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher unlocking choppy soundscapes reminiscent of the thrashing of the ocean in an enormous storm. It takes a few listens before the layered complexities of the album really begin to reveal themselves, but this is an album which amply rewards patience.

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 Leviathan by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 264 ratings

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Leviathan
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Knapitatet

5 stars Mastodon was a band that really stood out among the so called "New Wave Of American Heavy Metal" bands of the 00's. While bands like Lamb Of God and Avenged Sevenfold took cues from Pantera and Helmet, Matodon looked back even further, drawing inspiration from the doomy thunder of Black Sabbath and The Melvins. Lead Guitarist Brent Hinds gave the songs a Southern Rock feel with his leads, while every member also acted as a vocalist. So far so good, but how does Mastodon qualify as "Progressive"? Well because they also have their drummer Brann Dailor. He has often spoken about his love for Progressive Rock and with an obvious inspiration from Billy Cobham and Neil Peart, Dailor gives what would otherwise be excellent but straight forward Metal, a Jazzy feel wich actually manages to beat Sean Reinerts drumming on the Cynic album "Focus" as my favorite drum performance in modern Progressive Metal. The album opener "Blood And Thunder" has gone on to be a classic modern Metal song and its no wonder. Dailor comes into it with what sound like a billion snare paradiddles and the pace NEVER relents. You really feel as if you are standing on the ship deck with an insane Captain Ahab and sea spray all around you, as you listen to this track. I can actually say that if you do not like this song then you will not like the rest of the album. "I Am Ahab" continues the assault with a rocking shuffle that reminds me a lot of a cross between Rush and AC/DC(!) The boys in Mastodon knows their heavy stuff but they also know dynamics, something that they show in the following track "Seabeast" a real creepy number, but awesome nonetheless.

"Island", "Iron Tusk" and "Megalodon" are all superb and "Naked Burn" and "Aqua Dementia" gives you a cold chilling feeling, as if adrift on an endless ocean with the White Whale somewhere underneath you, closing in...

"Hearts Alive" is an epic worthy of the name the guitar work is excellent throughout it as the lyrics tell of the helpless protagonist going down with their ship.

Is this a Prog Rock masterpiece or a Metal one? Its got something for everyone. "Crack The Skye" wich is the highest ranked Mastodon album on PA, is in my opinion a "real" Progressive Rock album and comparatively weak sounding IMO. "Leviathan" saw Mastodon infuse the Metal song wich the already were proven masters over, with fresh Progressive elements instead of the other way around and the results were remarkable.

All in all, an excellent album. A true modern classic.

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 The Hunter by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.75 | 345 ratings

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The Hunter
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by voliveira

5 stars 8.5/10

Pursue happiness with diligence.

With The Hunter, Mastodon back to the days of Blood Mountain, with a material more concise and less prog-oriented. Yet this album offers a nice complexity, even with songs not exceeding 5 minutes. Definitvamente is my second favorite album after the stupendous and progressive Crack the Skye.

In fact, this is (apparently) his most accessible album, but in no time it becomes clear that they are selling. There is a great deal of weight in the Curl of The Burl (with that crazy clip) Blasteroid, Dry Bone Valley, Octopus Has No Friends. But as always, the tracks longer stand out, especially the two longer, the fiaxa title and psychedelic epic The Sparrow, which closes the album beautifully (seriously, this must be the most beautiful song they've done). Another thing I like is the greater involvement of Brann Dailor on vocals. In my humble opinion, he is the best of the three vocalists of the band, their melodic singing serving great counterpoint to Troy Sanders' hoarseness aggressive and Brent Hinds' nasal voice.

4,25 stars, rounded to 5.

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 Crack the Skye by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 488 ratings

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Crack the Skye
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by voliveira

5 stars 10/10

The masterpiece I knew it would be.

Mastodon at its apex; nothing more. I have watched as they gradually evolved their sound, but Crack the Skye is the culmination of this evolution and more. The vocals are at their best, instrumentation too (even though the style of Brann Dailor is simpler here, although he can still melt your brain), and prog influences are even more notorious. Why else this album could be the best rated of them here on the site?

Anyway there is virtually no weakness in Crack the Skye. This is one album that surpasses their expectations. I easily found and pointed negatives on its predecessors, but after repeated listening I find no this. Opening overwhelming Oblivion extended to the end of The Last Baron (who along with The Czar is constituted as the best moment of the album and are probably the two best songs I've ever heard of Mastodon so far) there is not a single flaw on this album immaculate.

Five stars complete.

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