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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 with 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, ostensibly 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.   Andromeda
  6.   Sultan's Curse
  7.   Colony of Birchmen
  8.   Black Tongue
  9.   Blood and Thunder
  10.   March of the Fire Ants
  11.   Precious Stones
  12.   Steambreather
  13.   Stargasm
  14.   Roots Remain
  15.   Jaguar God
  16.   Train Assault
  17.   Death March
  18.   Clayton Boys
  19.   Indian Theme
  20.   Crack the Skye
  21.   Dry Bone Valley
  22.   Iron Tusk
  23.   Burning Man
  24.   Divinations
  25.   The Motherload
  26.   Ancient Kingdom
  27.   High Road
  28.   All the Heavy Lifting
  29.   Sleeping Giant
  30.   This Mortal Soil
  31.   Ember City
  32.   Crusher Destroyer
  33.   Scorpion Breath
  34.   Word to the Wise
  35.   Feast Your Eyes
  36.   Blasteroid
  37.   Just Got Paid
  38.   Ghost of Karelia
  39.   Joseph Merrick
  40.   Hearts Alive
  41.   Hail to Fire
  42.   Clandestiny
  43.   The Wolf Is Loose
  44.   Mother Puncher
  45.   Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife
  46.   Thank You For This
  47.   Slickleg
  48.   Naked Burn
  49.   Megalodon
  50.   Where Strides the Behemoth
  51.   Halloween
  52.   Aunt Lisa
  53.   Tread Lightly
  54.   Octopus Has No Friends
  55.   The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
  56.   Hand of Stone
  57.   Bladecatcher
  58.   Capillarian Crest
  59.   Aqua Dementia
  60.   Welcoming War
  61.   Workhorse
  62.   Diamond in the Witch House
  63.   Asleep in the Deep
  64.   Once More 'Round the Sun
  65.   Thickening
  66.   The Sparrow
  67.   The Hunter
  68.   Creature Lives
  69.   Bedazzled Fingernails
  70.   The Czar
  71.   Quintessence
  72.   Pendulous Skin
  73.   Siberian Divide