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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


  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Showbox SoDo, Seattle on 28 Apr 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Roseland Theater, Portland on 29 Apr 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA on 1 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Club Nokia, Los Angeles on 2 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at House of Blues, Las Vegas on 3 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Depot, Salt Lake City on 4 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at First Avenue, Minneapolis on 7 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Riviera Theater, Chicago on 8 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at STAGE AE, Pittsburgh on 9 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Sound Academy, Toronto on 10 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Town Ballroom, Buffalo on 12 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at 9:30 Club, Washington DC on 13 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Terminal 5, New York on 15 May 2014
  • Rock on the Range on 16 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at The Palladium, Worcester on 16 May 2014
  • Mastodon + Gojira + Kvelertak at Electric Factory, Philadelphia on 17 May 2014
  • Sonisphere Helsinki 2014 on 28 May 2014
  • Stockholm Fields on 30 May 2014
  • Sonisphere Norway on 1 Jun 2014
  • Metallica by Request on 3 Jun 2014
  • Sonisphere Festival 2014 (Hamburg) on 4 Jun 2014
  • Rock am Ring 2014 on 5 Jun 2014
  • Rock im Park 2014 on 6 Jun 2014
  • Pinkpop 2014 on 7 Jun 2014
  • Mastodon at fri-son, Fribourg on 10 Jun 2014
  • Mastodon at Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Pratteln on 11 Jun 2014
  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2014 on 12 Jun 2014
  • Amnesia Rockfest Petite-Nation 2014 on 20 Jun 2014
  • Mastodon at Hedon, Zwolle on 26 Jun 2014
  • Park Live Festival 2014 on 27 Jun 2014

MASTODON discography


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

3.51 | 117 ratings
Remission
2002
3.85 | 240 ratings
Leviathan
2004
3.75 | 253 ratings
Blood Mountain
2006
4.06 | 451 ratings
Crack the Skye
2009
3.81 | 319 ratings
The Hunter
2011

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

3.75 | 27 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
4.00 | 8 ratings
Black Tongue
2011

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 Remission by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.51 | 117 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
3.81 | 319 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
4.06 | 451 ratings

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Crack the Skye
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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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
3.85 | 240 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
3.85 | 240 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
3.81 | 319 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
4.06 | 451 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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 Blood Mountain by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.75 | 253 ratings

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Blood Mountain
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by voliveira

4 stars 8/10

As its recognition by critics and public has increased, Mastodon has obtained the freedom to express the sound they actually propose. Thus, while in Blood Mountain you will find the sound of heavy and overwhelming his two predecessors albums, also see that this quartet is taking a step further in his music, while also offering a range of progressive and psychedelic influences.

Never imagined that the two songs, however. The Wolf is Loose Crystal Skull and present the típoc overwhelming and kickass sound of banda (the second opening with a exotic percussion), full of abrupt changes of time signature, something in which these gentlemen are masters. But with Sleeping Giant is the album's direction change. What a great band! I love especially his introduction. Capillarian Crest is another great song, and although the vocals are not much instrumental section is leaving jaws dropped. Circle of Cysquatch is just more of the same, although much like the section with distorted vocals. And Bladecatcher is a crazy instrumental, with the purpose of "broken vinyl", multiple bars and an epic interaction between members.

Now, what is this song, Colony of Birchmen? She took me by surprise. And if you have not noticed, the title is a reference to the classic "The Colony of Slippermen" genesis - after all, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album is drummer Brann Dailor's favorite. It's a wonderful song, I can not express it in words. Hunters of the Sky and Hand of Stone are also more of the same, but Hand of Soil is my favorite here, a song full of nuances that prog is a true musical maze confined in 5 minutes. Siberian Divide is a song that I could not enter, though I love the bizarre effects of guest vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta) on the chorus. Pendulous Skin And although deceive us with 17 minutes of silence, is a wonderful work, very psychedelic and distorted with effects and use of Hammond, closing this album brilliantly.

4 stars, and I see that Mastodon has only to grow on me.

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 Leviathan by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.85 | 240 ratings

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Leviathan
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by voliveira

4 stars 7.5/10

Well, this is an improvement, no doubt.

Leviathan is seen by most of the community as a metal masterpiece Mastodon. It is too early to say whether I agree or not, but this is definitely a step ahead of your sound brutal debut. Here you will find more clean vocals (although guttural growls are still prevalent) and more influenced psychedelic / progressive. Seriously, Mastodon is not 100% prog, but how do you find metal bands out there that show these influences? A drummer who claims that The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway? Not just anyone, my dear.

The album begins with a bang, with three powerful tracks: Blood and Thunder, I Am Ahab and Seabeast. Unfortunately the rest of the album is not the same quality, except for the last two songs. Hearts Alive is an epic thirteen minutes, greatest song ever made by the band so far (since Pendulous Skin's next album is actually 5 minutes and not 22). There follows a structure properly prog, but it really is challenging, and I have to say their last four minutes are out of this world. But the highlight is the closing, Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man - name of the last song Remission, look only). It's a very psychedelic instrumental, with the presence of Gilmour- esque guitars, acoustic guitars and even organ! A pleasant surprise, showing why Mastodon differs from many metal bands out there.

4 stars.

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 Remission by MASTODON album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.51 | 117 ratings

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Remission
Mastodon Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by voliveira

3 stars 6/10

Energetic debut, mixed feelings.

Mastodon is one of the strongest names in modern heavy metal, and it is not difficult to identify why, with your sound heavy and full of influences. But what sets it apart from other bands of the genre (which I believe is the main reason why they are here on the site) is the way they are worth the aesthetic and progressive jazz, reflected in measures disparate and intricate instrumental sections.

This is even more evident with the drummer Brann Dailor, a genius who is absolutely the highlight here. Seldom heard a battery so furious and energetic, and God, that's wonderful! As a drummer, that's what I pay my attention, and Dailor quickly occupied a position in my list of best drummers.

If they keep up with this range of influences, would not hesitate to give them a higher rating. But unfortunately the album is weakened by the use of guttural growls of vocalists (yes, there are more than one). I can not stand it. I mean, it is one thing to hear a guy like Devin Townsend making use of its eclectic range of vocals in their music, another to hear an album that guys just scream! Never liked this kind of vocal and with Mastodon is not gonna like that. For at least the next album they will offer us more clean vocals ...

3 stars because of growls. But other than that, it's a chilling debut, and I'm still convinced that I will be quite surprised by this band.

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