Mastodon

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Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor. Their musical style features progressive concepts and unique instrumentation. All four members participate in vocals, creating a unique blend of singing styles and voices.

Mastodon

Mastodon has released six studio albums, as well as a number of other records. The band’s debut album, Remission, released in 2002, garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Mastodon’s second full-length release, Leviathan, is a concept album based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer. The song “Colony of Birchmen” from the band’s 2006 third album, Blood Mountain, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2007. Blood Mountain was followed in 2009 by Crack the Skye, and in 2011 by The Hunter, which achieved major commercial success in the United States, debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Hunter features the song “Curl of the Burl”, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2012. Mastodon’s 2014 full-length, Once More ‘Round the Sun, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the band’s third Grammy-nominated song, “High Road”.
On January 18, 2015, it was reported that Brent Hinds is working on a new Mastodon album, showing a picture with him playing the 13 string pedal steel. The same report was later confirmed by Troy Sanders, who stated: “Every record that we do is gonna sound different, because we always want to evolve and create our own musical path. And every record will be different. We do not wanna write the same record twice.” On March 12, 2015, Mastodon released a new track called “White Walker”, which appeared on the 5th season of the HBO Series Game of Thrones. Dailor, Hinds, and Kelliher also appeared in episode 8 of the season as wildlings. They are releasing a 12″ vinyl picture disc for their non-album track “White Walker” on February 19! You can order online by visiting http://store.warnermusic.com and type in ”Mastedon” in the search bar.
Mastodon crosses multiple heavy metal genres such as progressive metal, sludge metal, alternative metal, stoner rock, experimental metal, and groove metal. James Christopher Monger of Allmusic describes Mastodon as “one of the more notable New Wave of American Heavy Metal acts, a genre spawned in the mid-’90s” and says that “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.” Bassist Troy Sanders stated about their musical style: “We don’t consider ourselves a metal band. We recognize there is a lot of metal in us, but we also want to believe we have a lot of rock ‘n’ roll in us, and we have a lot of progressive rock in us, we have bits and pieces of thrash and punk, and psychedelic-ness sprinkled throughout. A lot of times for me personally, just having the metal tag itself seems kind of limiting on us because we have such an appreciation for all styles of music and we like to incorporate bits and pieces of those into our songs. But we also recognize all the different subgenres and the millions of times people say, “Oh, what do they sound like?” and you say something, I understand that. But, it doesn’t affect how we create anything at all.”
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