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Since their inconspicuous arrival in the year 2000, Mastodon have established themselves as one of America’s most innovative and successful heavy metal bands. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, by former Lethargy and Today is the Day members Brann Dailor (drums/vocals) and Bill Kelliher (guitar), together with Four Hour Fogger bandmates Troy Sanders (bass/vocals) and Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Mastodon unveiled a highly technical extreme metal style on 2001’s impressive ‘Lifesblood’ EP. But it was the following year’s debut full-length, ‘Remission,’ that showed the full scale of Mastodon’s creative range and hinted at the accelerated rate of sonic evolution that would characterize each of their subsequent LPs. 2004’s ‘Leviathan’ was a full-fledged concept album based on Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ and was named record of the year by numerous publications (Terrorizer, Kerrang!, etc.); 2006’s ‘Blood Mountain’ witnessed Mastodon’s jump to major label status followed by their first proper world tour; and 2009’s daringly progressive ‘Crack the Sky’ brought another surge of progressive ambitions and increased melodicism that helped the group bridge the gap between metal and more mainstream-minded consumers. Mastodon would later simplify their songwriting somewhat for 2011’s ‘The Hunter’ and 2013’s ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun,’ yet their refusal to sell out or cop to reigning musical trends remains beyond doubt, thus setting them up to continue delivering American heavy metal of the highest order in years to come.

  • Selected Discography: ‘Remission’ (2002), ‘Leviathan’ (2004), ‘Crack the Skye’ (2009), ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’ (2014)
  • Related Artists: Today is the Day, Lamb of God, Baroness
  • Further Reading: 10 Best Mastodon Songs
   
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

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Category: Metal, News, Songs, Videos Tags: ,
Combat / Relapse
Combat / Relapse

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YouTube: Mastodon
YouTube: Mastodon

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Mastodon meet up with the Grim Reaper in the band's new 'Show Yourself' video.

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Photo By: Jimmy Hubbard
Photo By: Jimmy Hubbard

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Mastodon's Bill Kelliher went into such extreme detail about finding the perfect tone that it should make any gear nut weep with joy.

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James Stafford, Loudwire
James Stafford, Loudwire

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds to Make Second Cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’

Mastodon's Brent Hinds will be making a second cameo during the upcoming season of HBO's 'Game of Thrones.'

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Relapse / Candlelight
Relapse / Candlelight

Mastodon vs. Emperor – Metal Madness 2017, Round 1

It's Mastodon vs. Emperor in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Mastodon Talk ‘Emperor of Sand,’ Bill Kelliher’s Sobriety + More

'I started writing and writing and I wasn’t waking up everyday super hung over and like, ‘Ahh, I don’t want to touch the guitar.’' says Bill Kelliher.

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Mastodon’s New Song ‘Andromeda’ Has a Bit of Everything

Mastodon have released 'Andromeda,' the third song off their forthcoming record, 'Emperor of Sand.'

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James Stafford, Loudwire
James Stafford, Loudwire

Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher has sat down to prove and disprove what’s written about him online!

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