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