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Mastodon is an American / 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 six full-length albums to date, expanding their musical borders from early raw sludgy riffs to later 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… read more

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  • Avatar for kenikki
    Same here. It's even close to beating out Crack The Skye as my favorite album of theirs.
  • Avatar for InTheOrchard
    @Corpsetastic I don't know if you're referring to me but I'm a big fan of their newest record.
  • Avatar for corpsetastic
    Here's a solution if you like the older records, listen to them, is there anything preventing you from that? A lot of fans happen to appreciate the new direction since we've already heard them perfect the old version of their music.
  • Avatar for InTheOrchard
    I'm not a big fan of The Hunter but I think Once More 'Round the Sun really kicks ass. My favorite is Crack the Skye and I wish they'd make another really progressive album like that, but I'll happily take their current output too.
  • Avatar for kenikki
    Yeah, they have become more simplistic when it comes to their song structures - just compare Asleep in the Deep with earlier songs of a similiar type; Seabeast, This Mortal Soil, and Ghost of Karelia for example - but I think they make up for this by making their newer songs more catchy, which is a great(er) skill to possess.
  • Avatar for padavanGreg
    Yeah, Cassandra-Leo i sright. It's not about heaviness but about sophisticated playing and complexity of song structures. Take for example Oblivion, it's not so hitting, nor the Quintessence is, but those songs are really earcatching. On the other hand there is Motherload, Curl of the Burl, High Road and Halloween. I see those as uninspired.
  • Avatar for Flynner11
    Troy's supergroup Gone is Gone is releasing an album next month too, one of the two singles is really good.
  • Avatar for Cassandra-Leo
    Btw, those of you Mastodon fans who wish they were still performing heavy, complex material and haven't done so yet should check out Lethargy, Brann and Bill's previous band. It may have what you're looking for.
  • Avatar for Cassandra-Leo
    I don't like The Hunter as much because it's just not as musically interesting as their earlier works. It has nothing to do with the heaviness or lack thereof, since it's not really any less heavy than Crack the Skye; it's just missing the complexity and sophistication that made their earlier work so engaging. Once More 'Round the Sun is pretty good, though. Not as good as the first four albums, but a respectable enough effort.
  • Avatar for Flynner11
    If you think their work after Crack the Skye is bad it's because you've clouded out their newer releases because they don't live up to the aggressive expectations you enjoyed with previous albums. I love metal but metal fans who think not as heavy/raw as the previous albums = not good annoy me to no end.

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