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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.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00AM Mastodon @ Download Festival in Brisbane, Australia Brisbane, Australia
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Big Top Luna Park Sydney in Milsons Point, Australia Milsons Point, Australia
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Eatons Hill Hotel and Function Centre in Eatons Hill, Australia Eatons Hill, Australia
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Hell & Heaven Festival in Benito Juárez, Mexico Benito Juárez, Mexico
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO Morrison, CO
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City, OK
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX Houston, TX
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Southside Ballroom in Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX Austin, TX
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Walmart AMP in Rogers, AR Rogers, AR
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Arena in Birmingham, AL Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN Nashville, TN
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Union Bank & Trust Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA Portsmouth, VA
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Diamond Credit Union Theater at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA Reading, PA
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Artpark in Lewiston, NY Lewiston, NY
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, NY Glens Falls, NY
Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Bold Point Park in East Providence, RI East Providence, RI
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Main Street Pier in Portland, ME Portland, ME
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA Boston, MA
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park, NJ
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Express Live! in Columbus, OH Columbus, OH
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI Sterling Heights, MI
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ THE MYTH in Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS Bonner Springs, KS
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton, MO Camdenton, MO
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Pinewood Bowl Theater in Lincoln, NE Lincoln, NE
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula, MT Missoula, MT
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA Redmond, WA
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR Bend, OR
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ McMenamin's Edgefield Winery in Troutdale, OR Troutdale, OR
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, OR Jacksonville, OR
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach, CA Avila Beach, CA
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA Berkeley, CA
Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Thunder Valley Casino Resort & Amphitheater in Lincoln, CA Lincoln, CA
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Salt Air Pavilion in Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA San Diego, CA
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan
Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Mastodon @ Summer Sonic in Osaka-Shi, Japan Osaka-Shi, Japan

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