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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

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    3 songs

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    2 songs

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    2 songs

    New Metal First

    New Metal First
    2 songs

    Metal Mosh Pit

    5 songs

Albums by
Mastodon

Top Songs by
Mastodon

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Curl of the Burl
  3.   Oblivion
  4.   Sultan's Curse
  5.   Show Yourself
  6.   Steambreather
  7.   Blue Walsh
  8.   Colony of Birchmen
  9.   Toe to Toes
  10.   Andromeda
  11.   Cold Dark Place
  12.   North Side Star
  13.   Black Tongue
  14.   Blood and Thunder
  15.   March of the Fire Ants
  16.   Stargasm
  17.   Jaguar God
  18.   Crack the Skye
  19.   Indian Theme
  20.   Iron Tusk
  21.   Dry Bone Valley
  22.   Train Assault
  23.   Clayton Boys
  24.   Death March
  25.   Burning Man
  26.   Divinations
  27.   Sleeping Giant
  28.   High Road
  29.   Seabeast
  30.   Word to the Wise
  31.   Roots Remain
  32.   Joseph Merrick
  33.   Hearts Alive
  34.   Workhorse
  35.   The Sparrow
  36.   Pendulous Skin
  37.   Siberian Divide
  38.   This Mortal Soil
  39.   Hunters of the Sky