relapse records
Release date
26 Jun 2007
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Blood and Thunder 3:48 212,435
2 I Am Ahab 2:45 161,673
3 Seabeast 4:14 160,217
4 Island 3:26 114,802
5 Iron Tusk 3:02 193,210
6 Megalodon 4:21 138,556
7 Naked Burn 3:41 136,921
8 Aqua Dementia 4:09 130,542
9 Hearts Alive 13:36 111,234
10 Joseph Merrick (Instrumental) 3:33 15,260

About this album

Leviathan is a concept album by sludge metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 by Relapse Records. The album is based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, with the songs: “Iron Tusk”, “Blood and Thunder” and “Seabeast” released as singles. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang!, and Terrorizer.
Leviathan was also released with an Audio DVD in a limited edition set with a black and gold slipcase. The album brought Mastodon great critical acclaim and, thanks to the ensuing tour, a considerably larger fan base. Leviathan has sold 103,000 copies as of September, 2006. Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album to represent the water element.

Leviathan has a rather vague concept when compared to Mastodon’s future endeavors. It tells the story of Captain Ahab and his obsession with the White Whale. Mastodon members have constantly stated that Ahab’s story is a parallel to the band’s journey towards success, fame and renown.

The White Tower seen in the artwork on the inside cover of the booklet is a revamped version of Martin Heemskerck’s 16th century interpretation of the Pharohs of Alexandria. The wave seen in the full picture of the artwork is a reflection of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

The song “Blood and Thunder” was featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Saints Row, Konami’s Guitar Freaks and Drummania, Microsoft’s Project Gotham Racing 3 and is a playable track in Guitar Hero Metallica.

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