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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 charts. 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." Over the next two years, several relatives of the bandmembers suffered from cancer. Sanders' wife, Jeza, received treatment for breast cancer, recovering in 2015; the following year, Kelliher's mother died of a brain tumor, with Dailor's mother also diagnosed. These traumatic experiences informed the lyrics of the band's seventh album, Emperor of Sand, produced by Brendan O'Brien and released in 2017. Its concept, revolving around the curse placed on a wandering traveler by a desert ruler, was acknowledged by Dailor in interviews as a metaphor for cancer. ~ James Christopher Monger & John D. Buchanan
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Curl of the Burl
  3.   Oblivion
  4.   Show Yourself
  5.   Sultan's Curse
  6.   Colony of Birchmen
  7.   Andromeda
  8.   Black Tongue
  9.   Blood and Thunder
  10.   March of the Fire Ants
  11.   Steambreather
  12.   Stargasm
  13.   Indian Theme
  14.   Jaguar God
  15.   Train Assault
  16.   Death March
  17.   Clayton Boys
  18.   Crack the Skye
  19.   Iron Tusk
  20.   Dry Bone Valley
  21.   Burning Man
  22.   Divinations
  23.   High Road
  24.   Word to the Wise
  25.   Chimes at Midnight
  26.   Ísland
  27.   Roots Remain
  28.   Precious Stones
  29.   The Motherload
  30.   Tread Lightly
  31.   The Sparrow
  32.   Just Got Paid
  33.   Capillarian Crest
  34.   Sleeping Giant
  35.   Joseph Merrick
  36.   Naked Burn
  37.   Mother Puncher
  38.   Ancient Kingdom
  39.   Where Strides the Behemoth
  40.   Clandestiny
  41.   Ember City
  42.   Seabeast
  43.   Trilobite
  44.   Scorpion Breath
  45.   Diamond in the Witch House
  46.   Halloween
  47.   Once More 'Round the Sun
  48.   Thickening
  49.   Spectrelight
  50.   Octopus Has No Friends
  51.   Deathbound
  52.   Creature Lives
  53.   Bedazzled Fingernails
  54.   All the Heavy Lifting
  55.   The Last Baron
  56.   Ghost of Karelia
  57.   Quintessence
  58.   This Mortal Soil
  59.   Hunters of the Sky
  60.   The Wolf is Loose
  61.   Slickleg
  62.   Deep Sea Creature
  63.   Hearts Alive
  64.   Aqua Dementia
  65.   Megalodon
  66.   Battle at Sea
  67.   Hail to Fire
  68.   Crusher Destroyer
  69.   Workhorse
  70.   Ol'e Nessie
  71.   Trainwreck
  72.   Trampled Under Hoof
  73.   Elephant Man
  74.   Shadows That Move
  75.   Welcoming War
  76.   We Built This Come Death
  77.   I Am Ahab
  78.   The Bit
  79.   Thank You for This
  80.   Call of the Mastodon
  81.   Crystal Skull
  82.   Circle of Cysquatch
  83.   Bladecatcher
  84.   Hand of Stone
  85.   Siberian Divide
  86.   Pendulous Skin
  87.   Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife
  88.   The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
  89.   Blasteroid
  90.   The Hunter
  91.   A Commotion
  92.   Asleep in the Deep
  93.   Feast Your Eyes
  94.   Aunt Lisa

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