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Mastodon Biography

Mastodon is an American sludge metal/progressive metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 1999. The band comprises bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. They have released seven full-length albums to date, expanding their musical borders from early raw sludgy riffs to later psychedelic multi-layered songs, yet maintaining progressive style with unusual time signatures and odd instrumentation.

The band's first demo (referred to simply as the 9 Song Demo) was released in 2000. It is unique in the band's catalogue for featuring the vocals of original vocalist Eric Saner. Other releases followed shortly thereafter, including the 2001 EPs Slick Leg and Lifesblood, which both consisted of re-recorded demo tracks. The band's demo and Slick Leg brought them to the attention of Relapse Records, who would release Lifesblood and their first two albums.

2002 saw the release of the band's debut full-length, entitled Remission. Released to strong reviews, the album is now regarded as a landmark of sludge metal, and already demonstrates the band's growth towards a more progressive style.

Leviathan, the band's second album, followed in 2004, receiving rapturous reviews and expanding the band's audience substantially. The album, which showcased the band's increasing progressive influences, brought the band to the attention of major label Reprise Records.

It was announced, in late 2005, that, having fulfilled contractual obligations to indie label Relapse Records, Mastodon had been offered a deal by a major music label, a spot on the Warner Music roster. Despite this, however, Relapse Records released a DVD, and re-released the band's only demo with new vocals. An album titled Call of the Mastodon, comprising the material recorded for the band's first and only untitled demo, which originally featured Eric Saner on vocals, was released in early 2006. A DVD entitled The Workhorse Chronicles was released not long after.

The band's third full-length album and Warner Music debut, Blood Mountain, was released September 12th, 2006. In an interview with MTV news, Brann Dailor revealed that the band's sound on this upcoming release would be decidedly different and more "progressive." He also expressed excitement over the possibility of the birth of a new "prog movement," naming bands such as Isis, along with Mastodon, as prospective leaders of said movement.

Blood Mountain met critical acclaim with reviews ranging from Metal Hammer and Kerrang! who stated it was as good or better than their last release Leviathan, while other critics view it as the essential release of the decade and UK Metal Hammer named it best album of '06. Blood Mountain also featured guest appearances by Scott Kelly of Neurosis on the track "Crystal Skull", Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on "Colony of Birchmen", as well as The Mars Volta's keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens on "Pendulous Skin" and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala (also of At the Drive-In) on "Siberian Divide".

Mastodon's fourth album Crack the Skye was released on March 24, 2009 as a normal version and a deluxe version (which includes all songs in instrumental versions as well as their normal versions). The album is produced by Brendan O'Brien, and Scott Kelly of Neurosis returns as a guest musician on the title track. The band had debuted three new tracks at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, but did not play anymore live before the album's release, due to fears of internet distribution and wanting to play the songs to the right audience. In a MusicRadar interview, guitarist Bill Kelliher confirmed that the album is about an "out of body experience," and looks at the concepts of astral travel, wormholes, Stephen Hawking's theories and the spiritual realm. Drummer Brann Dailor has a section of vocals on the song "Oblivion" following the intro and chorus. The band has announced that they will play the album in its entirety incorporating a stage show on their upcoming tour. Mastodon was a headliner at the Scion Rock Fest on February 28, 2009, performing a set containing three tracks from Crack the Skye, the first time these songs were played since being finalized and recorded. Scott Kelly made an appearance performing his guest vocals for the songs "Crack the Skye," "Aqua Dementia," and "Crystal Skull." Crack the Skye once again received strong reviews.

Mastodon's fifth album The Hunter was released on September 26, 2011 in the UK and one day later in the US via Reprise Records. The Hunter Songfacts says that the album was titled in honor of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds' brother, Brad, who unexpectedly passed away while hunting in December 2010. Mastodon actually had two working titles for the album in honor of Brad: "The Hunter" or "Brother."

Mastodon have previously appeared on the second stage at Ozzfest 2005 and have toured with the likes of Slayer, Lamb of God and Children of Bodom on the Unholy Alliance US tour and have 3 songs recorded live on the accompanying tour DVD.

On June 24, 2014, the band released their sixth studio album Once More 'Round the Sun.

Mastodon is: Brann Dailor - Drums. (Formerly of Today Is The Day, Lethargy, Discordance Axis) Troy Sanders - Vocals, Bass. (Also in Social Infestation, Four Hour Fogger, Knuckle, Bully) Bill Kelliher - Guitar. (Formerly of Today Is The Day, Lethargy, Butterslax) Brent Hinds - Guitar, Vocals. (Also in Fiend Without A Face, West End Motel, The Blood Vessels, Four Hour Fogger)

Aforementioned former member, Eric Saner, left the band soon after the release of the 2000 demo. Troy Sanders, the then bassist, was announced as the new lead vocalist, although vocal duties were increasingly shared with guitarist Brent Hinds to the point where they are considered co-vocalists. Dailor has also sung lead vocals on some songs starting with Crack the Skye, and Kelliher provides backing vocals on some songs. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Mastodon Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ The Palladium in Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Las Rageous in Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Complex in Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Fillmore in Denver, CO Denver, CO
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ The Pageant in Saint Louis, MO Saint Louis, MO
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Iron City in Birmingham, AL Birmingham, AL
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:00PM Mastodon @ Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville, FL
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12:00PM Mastodon @ Fort Rock in Fort Myers, FL Fort Myers, FL
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Fillmore in Washington, DC Washington, DC
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Rebel in Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC Concord, NC
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:30PM Mastodon @ Electric Factory Outdoors in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ House of Blues in Boston, MA Boston, MA
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ State Theater in Portland, ME Portland, ME
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY New York, NY
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Royal Oak Theater in Detroit, MI Detroit, MI
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN Memphis, TN
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:30PM Mastodon @ ACL Live in Austin, TX Austin, TX
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Donington Park in Derby, United Kingdom Derby, United Kingdom
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 12:30PM Mastodon @ BASE AERIENNE 217 in Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Barba Negra in Budapest, Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Novarock in Nickelsdorf, Austria Nickelsdorf, Austria
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:00PM Mastodon @ Tvornica kulture in Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Graspop in Dessel, Belgium Dessel, Belgium
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ MEO ARENA - TEJO ROOM in Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00PM Mastodon @ Download Festival Madrid in Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 12:30PM Mastodon @ Zenith de Strasbourg in Eckbolsheim, France Eckbolsheim, France
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:00AM Mastodon @ LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:45PM Mastodon @ TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12:00AM Mastodon @ Docks in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Bravalla Festival in Norrköping, Sweden Norrköping, Sweden
Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 12:00PM Mastodon @ Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, Finland
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ B90 in Gdansk, Poland Gdansk, Poland
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12:00AM Mastodon @ Batschkapp in Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, Spain Viveiro, Spain

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