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With their customary cross-breeding of rock genres, the Georgians reflect on mortality and serious illness via the story of a condemned man wandering the desert. So far, so prog. Indeed, “Jaguar God” spends eight minutes running the gamut from folk-rock and psychedelic abandon to iron-plated riffs and acrobatic fretwork. This deeply emotional record isn’t a wholesale return to the intricate epics of 2009’s Crack the Skye, though: the punchy hard rock of “Show Yourself” and the melodic sludge of “Steambreather” deliver instant, fun-sized thrills.

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One of the last things my brother did before leaving this world was turn me on to MASTODON.
He bought me Leviathan and Blood Mountain and was talking about how "the next album" will be the best thing they've done yet! He didn't stay with us long enough to get to hear CRACK THE SKYE. I listened to it enough for both of us. I have and will support these guys as long as they wanna make music. Mastodon, literally keeps my brother with me even though he's been gone for over 8 years. The world is such a better place with MASTODON making music in it.

Just Amazing

They just never disappoint. Rocked my ear pussies.


The gods have returned.


Formed: 1999 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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