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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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  1.   Song
  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.   Stargasm
  12.   Death March
  13.   Train Assault
  14.   Clayton Boys
  15.   Indian Theme
  16.   Crack the Skye
  17.   Dry Bone Valley
  18.   Iron Tusk
  19.   Burning Man
  20.   Divinations
  21.   Naked Burn
  22.   The Motherload
  23.   High Road
  24.   Aqua Dementia
  25.   Trilobite
  26.   Chimes at Midnight
  27.   Megalodon
  28.   Island
  29.   Sleeping Giant
  30.   Halloween
  31.   I Am Ahab
  32.   Crusher Destroyer
  33.   Ember City
  34.   The Hunter
  35.   Creature Lives
  36.   Aunt Lisa
  37.   Battle at Sea
  38.   Asleep in the Deep
  39.   Blasteroid
  40.   Just Got Paid
  41.   Ghost of Karelia
  42.   This Mortal Soil
  43.   The Wolf Is Loose
  44.   Hearts Alive
  45.   Seabeast
  46.   Joseph Merrick
  47.   Welcoming War
  48.   Diamond in the Witch House
  49.   Feast Your Eyes
  50.   Tread Lightly
  51.   Octopus Has No Friends
  52.   The Czar
  53.   The Last Baron
  54.   Pendulous Skin
  55.   Siberian Divide
  56.   Hand of Stone
  57.   Bladecatcher
  58.   Deathbound
  59.   Once More 'Round the Sun
  60.   A Commotion
  61.   Thickening
  62.   The Sparrow
  63.   Spectrelight
  64.   Bedazzled Fingernails
  65.   All the Heavy Lifting
  66.   The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
  67.   Quintessence
  68.   Where Strides the Behemoth
  69.   Workhorse
  70.   Ol'e Nessie
  71.   Trainwreck
  72.   Trampled Under Hoof
  73.   Mother Puncher
  74.   Elephant Man
  75.   Shadows That Move
  76.   We Built This Come Death
  77.   Hail to Fire
  78.   The Bit
  79.   Deep Sea Creature
  80.   Slickleg
  81.   Thank You For This
  82.   Call of the Mastodon
  83.   Crystal Skull
  84.   Capillarian Crest
  85.   Circle of Cysquatch
  86.   Hunters of the Sky
  87.   Cut You Up with a Linoleum Knife