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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
   
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Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Actor Christian Bale Listened to Pantera + Mastodon to Learn Double-Bass Drumming in New Role

Actor Christian Bale prepared for his new role by listening to Pantera and Mastodon to help him out with his drumming.

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Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Gives Humorously Contentious Drum Lesson to Elderly Man

Watch as the Mastodon drummer goes toe to toe with the elderly Mikkeller beers spokesperson.

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YouTube: FRET12

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Featured in Guitar Instructional Documentary Series

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Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Celebrates One Year of Sobriety, Gets Added to Grammys Committee

After years of abusing alcohol and a hospitalization due to his liver beginning to shut down, Bill Kelliher has made it through a year of sobriety.

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YouTube: Orange Amplifiers

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds + Killer Be Killed’s Juan Montoya Featured in Orange Amp Commercial

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Talks Judas Priest Tour, Guitar Lessons + More

The Mastodon guitarist discusses the band's tour with Judas Priest, their 'Game of Thrones' cameo, the 'Asleep in the Deep' clip and giving guitar lessons.

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Mastodon’s Troy Sanders Discloses Wife Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer in July

Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders has just announced his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in July, but things are going well as she is on the mend.

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Mastodon Cancel International Tour Dates Due to ‘Personal Family Matter’

Due to a "personal family matter," Mastodon has been forced to cancel a month's worth of tour dates.

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds: ‘I Don’t Want to Be in a Heavy Metal Band’

Mastodon's Brent Hinds reveals that his passion is not for heavy metal.

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Mastodon Release Psychedelic Cat Adventure Video for ‘Asleep in the Deep’

A kitty goes on a wild ride in Mastodon's psychedelic new video for 'Asleep in the Deep.'

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