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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 chart. 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." ~ James Christopher Monger
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Albums by
Mastodon

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    Remission [Deluxe Reissue]

    24 songs

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    Live at Brixton

    13 songs

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    The Hunter

    23 songs

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    The Hunter [Limited Edition]

    10 songs

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    Leviathan

    12 songs

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    Blood Mountain

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    Remission

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    Once More Round the Sun

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    Once More Round the Sun

    6 songs

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    Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly

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    Oblivion EP

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    Crack the Skye [Bonus Track]

    1 song

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    Chimes at Midnight

    1 song

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    High Road

    1 song

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    Curl of the Burl

    29 songs

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    Call of the Mastodon

    13 songs

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    Live at the Aragon

    22 songs

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    Crack The Skye [Limited Edition]

    1 song

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    Divinations

    2 songs

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    Capilliarian Crest, Pt. 1

    2 songs

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    Colony of Birchmen

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    Black Tongue

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    Once More 'Round the Sun [LP+CD]

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    Hunter

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Top Songs by
Mastodon

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    Popularity
  2.   Curl of the Burl
  3.   Oblivion
  4.   Colony of Birchmen
  5.   March of the Fire Ants
  6.   Black Tongue
  7.   Blood and Thunder
  8.   Stargasm
  9.   Burning Man
  10.   Train Assault
  11.   Death March
  12.   Clayton Boys
  13.   Indian Theme
  14.   Crack the Skye
  15.   Iron Tusk
  16.   Dry Bone Valley
  17.   Divinations
  18.   Iron Tusk/Blood and Thunder
  19.   High Road
  20.   The Motherload
  21.   Sleeping Giant
  22.   Kajed Burn
  23.   Chimes at Midnight
  24.   Just Got Paid
  25.   Tread Lightly
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