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Hailing from Atlanta, Mastodon is one of the best metal bands working today. Often lumped into the "stoner metal" scene with its ultra-heavy riffs and Cookie Monster–inspired vocals, Mastodon is actually much deeper than that, flexing a highly technical level of musicianship via complex arrangements, jazz-influenced drumming, and wildly unpredictable breakdowns. Originally released in 2002, Remission is the group's debut. It was critically acclaimed and remains a fan favorite in an impressive catalog that also includes Leviathon, Blood Mountain, and The Hunter. Unlike much of Mastodon's other work, this isn't a concept album per se, though it's said be based on a theme of fire, and drummer Brann Dailor said it helped him deal with the loss of his younger sister to a teenage suicide. Highlights include "March of the Fire Ants," "Trampled Under Hoof," and "Mother Puncher."

Customer Reviews

Thank You God of the Sea

OK, so I will be the first to admit that when I first heard Mastodon I wasn't impressed. A buddy of mine loaned me a copy of Leviathan. I listened to it one time and put it away for several months without another thought about it. Just the other day I threw it on again to give it another listen and I was totally blown away. I started doing a little research on the net to find out more about these guys and everything I've been reading and hearing has had a profound impact on my musical senses. MASTODON JUST PLAIN RULES. I feel kinda left out 'cause I just discovered them here in September of 06. But thank you God of the Sea for bringing us these fine, fine musicians for our listening pleasure!

Full bodied Metal for connoisseurs

These guys are rarely gifted, no doubt! Those looking for grinding, buzzing, brain-shredding riffs won't be disappointed, but listening through this album requires a trained and patient ear to fully appreciate the musical complexity present in every song. Listen through it a few times. Savor the full, muddy, metallic bouquet. If you truly have sophisticated taste, this will be one of your favorites.

The best of both worlds

This is Mastodon at their finest. They are fully balanced with pure parts aggression, shred, melody and abstraction. Truly this record has a little something for everyone, just so long as you like the messenger. Their key on this record (and on many of their others) is their drummer. Brann Dailor learned drums keeping up with (and competing with) guitarists instead of balancing with a bassist. Now, instead of feeling a solid foundation supporting the behemoth sound, you find the persussion in the exact same register as the melody. The result is chaotic which I found off putting to begin with but, in time, found that this sense of "heavy top, skinny bottom" helped add to a maddening feeling. Which is how this music is supposed to make you feel, right? And anyway, with such spectacular stringed virtuassos, would you really just want to be the support if you had the chops to keep up? Of course not. Most of this record will put you off at first but, after you put it down, you'll pick it up and fall in love with each song individually. And just like beer, coffee and cigarettes, you'll wonder how you ever thought life was good without them.


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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