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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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Stations Featuring
Mastodon

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    1 song

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    1 song

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    1 song

    Rock Instrumentals

    Rock Instrumentals
    4 songs

    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.   Andromeda
  7.   Colony of Birchmen
  8.   Black Tongue
  9.   Blood and Thunder
  10.   March of the Fire Ants
  11.   Jaguar God
  12.   Stargasm
  13.   Steambreather
  14.   Train Assault
  15.   Death March
  16.   Indian Theme
  17.   Clayton Boys
  18.   Crack the Skye
  19.   Dry Bone Valley
  20.   Iron Tusk
  21.   Burning Man
  22.   Divinations
  23.   Precious Stones
  24.   Roots Remain
  25.   The Motherload
  26.   I Am Ahab
  27.   High Road
  28.   Island
  29.   Joseph Merrick
  30.   Ember City
  31.   Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife
  32.   Elephant Man
  33.   The Hunter
  34.   The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
  35.   Call of the Mastodon
  36.   Where Strides the Behemoth
  37.   Clandestiny
  38.   Ancient Kingdom
  39.   Word to the Wise
  40.   Halloween
  41.   Deathbound
  42.   Creature Lives
  43.   Blasteroid
  44.   Thank You For This
  45.   Deep Sea Creature
  46.   Hearts Alive
  47.   Aqua Dementia
  48.   Naked Burn
  49.   Megalodon
  50.   Seabeast
  51.   Trainwreck
  52.   Workhorse
  53.   Ol'e Nessie
  54.   Scorpion Breath
  55.   Chimes at Midnight
  56.   Tread Lightly
  57.   Thickening
  58.   The Sparrow
  59.   Bedazzled Fingernails
  60.   All the Heavy Lifting
  61.   Just Got Paid
  62.   Ghost of Karelia
  63.   Pendulous Skin
  64.   This Mortal Soil
  65.   Hunters of the Sky
  66.   Circle of Cysquatch
  67.   Trampled Under Hoof
  68.   Crusher Destroyer
  69.   Aunt Lisa
  70.   Asleep in the Deep
  71.   Once More 'Round the Sun
  72.   A Commotion
  73.   Spectrelight
  74.   Octopus Has No Friends
  75.   The Czar
  76.   The Last Baron
  77.   Quintessence
  78.   Siberian Divide
  79.   Hand of Stone