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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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Stations Featuring
Mastodon

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    1 song

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    1 song

    Rock Instrumentals

    Rock Instrumentals
    4 songs

    Metal Mosh Pit

    Metal Mosh Pit
    5 songs

Albums by
Mastodon

Top Songs by
Mastodon

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  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.   Jaguar God
  13.   Stargasm
  14.   Indian Theme
  15.   Train Assault
  16.   Death March
  17.   Clayton Boys
  18.   Iron Tusk
  19.   Crack the Skye
  20.   Dry Bone Valley
  21.   Burning Man
  22.   Divinations
  23.   High Road
  24.   The Motherload
  25.   Ancient Kingdom
  26.   Sleeping Giant
  27.   Roots Remain
  28.   Trampled Under Hoof
  29.   Workhorse
  30.   Word to the Wise
  31.   Precious Stones
  32.   Ember City
  33.   Chimes at Midnight
  34.   Tread Lightly
  35.   Blasteroid
  36.   Thank You For This
  37.   Naked Burn
  38.   Megalodon
  39.   Quintessence
  40.   Crusher Destroyer
  41.   Clandestiny
  42.   Once More 'Round the Sun
  43.   The Hunter
  44.   Spectrelight
  45.   Creature Lives
  46.   Bedazzled Fingernails
  47.   All the Heavy Lifting
  48.   Just Got Paid
  49.   Ghost of Karelia
  50.   Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife
  51.   Siberian Divide
  52.   This Mortal Soil
  53.   The Wolf Is Loose
  54.   Joseph Merrick
  55.   Hearts Alive
  56.   Aqua Dementia
  57.   Island
  58.   I Am Ahab
  59.   Battle at Sea
  60.   Trilobite
  61.   Where Strides the Behemoth
  62.   Scorpion Breath
  63.   Asleep in the Deep
  64.   A Commotion
  65.   Ol'e Nessie
  66.   Trainwreck
  67.   Mother Puncher
  68.   Elephant Man
  69.   Shadows That Move
  70.   Welcoming War
  71.   We Built This Come Death
  72.   Hail to Fire
  73.   Seabeast
  74.   The Bit
  75.   Deep Sea Creature
  76.   Slickleg
  77.   Call of the Mastodon
  78.   Crystal Skull
  79.   Capillarian Crest
  80.   Circle of Cysquatch
  81.   Bladecatcher
  82.   Hunters of the Sky