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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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Top Songs by

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