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Mastodon

Atlanta-based sludge/stoner/alternative metal outfit Mastodon formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist Bill Kelliher, drummer Bränn Dailor, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds. One of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genre spawned in the mid-'90s by bands like Pantera, Biohazard, and Machine Head, Mastodon's innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, 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 with Relapse Records (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's Leviathan 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 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 contract with Relapse in 2006 by releasing Call of the Mastodon, a remastered version of the group's first two demo EPs, and Workhorse Chronicles, 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 Best Metal Performance 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/DVD package Live at the Aragon, 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." ~ James Christopher Monger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Once More 'Round The Sun

1. Tread Lightly

2. The Motherload

3. High Road

4. Once More 'Round The Sun

5. Chimes At Midnight

6. Asleep In The Deep

7. Feast Your Eyes

8. Aunt Lisa

9. Ember City

10. Halloween

11. Diamond In The Witch House

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Track List: The Hunter (Explicit)

1. Black Tongue

2. Curl Of The Burl

3. Blasteroid

4. Stargasm

5. Octopus Has No Friends

6. All The Heavy Lifting

7. The Hunter

8. Dry Bone Valley

9. Thickening

10. Creature Lives

11. Spectrelight

12. Bedazzled Fingernails

13. The Sparrow

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Track List: Crack The Skye

1. Oblivion

2. Divinations

3. Quintessence

5. Ghost Of Karelia

6. Crack The Skye

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Track List: Blood Mountain

1. The Wolf Is Loose

2. Crystal Skull

3. Sleeping Giant

4. Capillarian Crest

5. Circle Of Cysquatch

6. Bladecatcher

7. Colony Of Birchmen

8. Hunters Of The Sky

9. Hand Of Stone

10. This Mortal Soil

11. Siberian Divide

12. Pendulous Skin

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Track List: Call Of The Mastodon

1. Shadows That Move

2. Welcoming War

3. Thank You For This

4. We Built This Come Death

5. Hail To Fire

6. Battle At Sea

7. Deep Sea Creature

8. Slickleg

9. Call Of The Mastodon

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Track List: Leviathan

1. Blood And Thunder

2. I Am Ahab

3. Seabeast

4. Island

5. Iron Tusk

7. Naked Burn

8. Aqua Dementia

10. Joseph Merrick

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Track List: Black Tongue (Single)

1. Black Tongue

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Track List: Divinations (Radio Single)

1. Divinations

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Track List: High Road (Single)

1. High Road

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Track List: Remission

1. Crusher Destroyer

2. March Of The Fire Ants

3. Where Strides The Behemoth

4. Workhorse

5. Ol'e Nessie

6. Burning Man

7. Trainwreck

8. Trampled Under Hoof

9. Trilobite

10. Mother Puncher

11. Elephant Man

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curl of the burl
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johnheisenha r d
send DUDJAY@AOl.C O M some mail
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johnheisenha r d
this reminds me of the night when I killed that Tom Wait's wannabe's a**
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What can't they fit in to there albums?
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schechter guitars from china
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toferlewis
It's not as heavy, but I like many of the songs. Every album from them is very different and this one went a little more mellow with more focus on harmonies. Leviathan is still IMO their best work, followed by Crack the Skye, but I'm sure some old school uber I saw them in some dude's garage in 19 hundred something or other fans hate the new album, but I like that they have many sounds and seem to experiment and evolve.
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THE OCTOPUS NEED A FRIEND WHY HE HAVE NO FRIAND WHAYYYY AM I SO HIGH??!!!!!! !
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Awesome rifts and great artistry make for an epic experience. I'd love to see these guys live again.
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this mortal soil
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Burning Man
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Saw 3
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Octopus has no friends
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Freakin spammer... ._... MASTODON ROCKS!!
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Blood and Thu. This Video broke the band
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ryansmith312 1 5
Representing the ATL,GA. Keep it up guys
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Mastodon is cool
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the reason they are the best metal band around is because THEY EMBRACE WHAT IS BIZZARE AND UNIQUE ABOUT PROGRESSIVE MUSIC AS A WHOLE , not just bands of the same likeness , which there aren't many... these guys love yes , genesis , & mahavishnu orchestra as much as fkn METAL!
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blood and thunder
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these riffs kick butt. just like on the old paradox cds.
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crusher destroyer
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the relapse sound
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Great band! I love their sound.
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Cysquatch
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Trampled under hoof
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iron tusk
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lamb of goat sucks
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We've got to get giant squid on here instead of tool and Conan instead of pantera.
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skye came out the same day as the samurai shodown anthology for ps2
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rock intesity dudes
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I had the privilege of knowing Bill and Brann in their earlier years.. before Mastodon.. which was great, and they've continued to grow musically.. cheers guys. jc
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ryansmith312 1 5
Their f**king drummer is amazing he was equally if not more so amazing on the today is the day album in the eyes of God
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ryansmith312 1 5
Saw them with opeth a few years back at the masquerade in Atlanta...th e y as well as opeth were amaZing both bands I got to meet, really cool guys got to blaze with a few of them.... Good times
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we need mastodon in alamo texas
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First song on Mastodon Radio today was 'Chimes at Midnight'... . . . . . . I SWEAR it's been in my heads since waking up this morning ;) Thank you, Pandora, for reading my mind!!
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Mastodon kicks a**.atk⬆
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I like the new Mastodon
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See??? Atlanta can rock...
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I don't know what people are talking about there new album sucks I love it
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apharris039
I like it it's pretty good for a new album but I don't like it that much sorry peps but it's just my opinion so yah idk
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Leviathan
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Great CDs
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what does it matter , these guys have it and they are kicking your a**, so enjoy it
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what happened to these guys, the new stuff sucks, in the same realm as godsmack
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Pfff I'd cut my nuts off to drink their bath water
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A friend of mine's band opened for Mastodon yrs ago.... Time flies!!!
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You're gay Joseph!
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If you're not too into the new album try gettin trippy and then listen. It may make a lot more sense then
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Seeing them TONIGHT!! \m/
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That's gay
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really i cant type a**
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