If there’s one band that’s not only done metal proud, but also take it to new and technical levels that has been the result of seven highly acclaimed records, it’s Grammy-nominators Mastodon, from Atlanta, Georgia. Having been deemed as one of the 21st Century’s most important and revolutionary bands, Mastodon have been certified as a powerful entity of progressive and sludge metal. With records such as the Moby Dick inspired masterpiece “Leviathan” and the astral traveling concept of the Russian Czar’s “Crack the Skye“, Mastodon’s legacy has been indescribable to many mind-blown critics.
Formed in 2000 by drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher, the two went on and recruited Troy Sanders on bass, and Brent Hinds on guitar, with the two sharing vocals. The four all shared a mutual love for stoner, sludge and progressive music from the likes of King Crimson, Neurosis, The Melvins and many more. They soon went on to record their first EP in 2001 entitled “Lifesblood” through Relapse Records, before moving onto what would become the world’s first taste of a Mastodon full length; “Remission”.
2004 would then see the global acclaim of “Leviathan”, which has been regarded as one of the greatest records of the decade, and was deemed album of the year by Kerrang! and Terrorizer. As time went by, 2006’s “Blood Mountain” and 2009’s “Crack the Skye” also became two more of Mastodon’s most highlighted records of their discography, along with “Leviathan”. They would soon be nominated for a number of Grammy, Metal Hammer, Kerrang and Revolver awards, which included three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock and Metal Performance.
Mastodon’s live performances have also been regarded by many reviewers and fans as onstage favourites at countless festival appearances, as well as their very own headline tours. Performing a majority of the material off their latest record from each tour they take part in, Mastodon also throw in a number of career-highlights and fan favourites, including Blood and Thunder, Crystal Skull, Oblivion and many more. With their latest full-length “Emperor of Sand” now out, many can expect the likes of Steambreather, Roots Remain, Sultan’s Curse and many more tracks off this magnificent record to feel bewildered by the live executions of these songs. Another characteristic of Mastodon’s live setting, is the onstage visuals that help warp the minds and aura of patrons in the surroundings of the venue.