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    Blood Mountain

    • Year Released: 2006
    Blood Mountain is the third full-length studio album by American sludge metal band Mastodon. The recording of the album finished in April 2006 and it was released on 11 September in the UK and 12 September 2006 in North America. The album in full could be streamed at the band's MySpace page a few days prior to the release. Like Mastodon's previous studio work Leviathan, Blood Mountain is a concept album. According to bassist Troy Sanders, "It's about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you're stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you're lost. You're starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You're being hunted. It's about that whole struggle." The album includes guest appearances by Scott Kelly of Neurosis on "Crystal Skull", Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on "Colony of Birchmen", as well as keyboard player Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta on "Pendulous Skin" and "Siberian Divide", respectively. Music videos for "The Wolf Is Loose", "Colony of Birchmen", "Sleeping Giant" and "Capillarian Crest" have been made. Although the video for "Capillarian Crest" is made up of live footage,
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    Call of the Mastodon

    • Year Released: 2006
    Call of the Mastodon is a compilation of early songs from the sludge metal band Mastodon. It was released on February 7, 2006, by Relapse Records. It contains alternate re-ordered versions of all the songs from their first EP Lifesblood, as well as three tracks from their 7" self-titled vinyl released in 2000 and a bonus song, "Call of the Mastodon", which has only appeared on the "9 Song Demo", which originally contained vocals by their previous vocalist Eric Saner. This was their final release on Relapse; they subsequently signed to Warner Music. All songs written and composed by Mastodon.  A live version of "Where Strides the Behemoth" is featured as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the album, released one week earlier.
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    Crack the Skye

    • Year Released: 2009
    Crack the Skye is the fourth studio album by American progressive metal band Mastodon, released on March 24, 2009 through Reprise Records. It features seven tracks and runs at 50 minutes and 6 seconds. The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week. In Australia, the album debuted at number 19. It had sold 200,000 copies in the US as of September 2010, making it one of their highest selling albums to date. According to an interview on the DVD The Making of Crack the Skye, this album represents the element of aether, which is represented by the souls and spirits of all things, a theme closely related to the context of the album. Because the elements of fire, water and earth have already represented by the band's first three albums Remission, Leviathan and Blood Mountain, respectively, the element of air is the only classical element which has yet to be represented by a Mastodon album. Drummer Brann Dailor described the album as more "focused" than its predecessor, Blood Mountain: "Maybe there was a deeper heart to this record that needed more exploring… We got more involved with feeling the vibe of the record and everything feels more
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    Divinations

    • Year Released: 2009
    "Divinations" is the first single and second track from Mastodon's fourth studio album Crack the Skye. It was released on January 27, 2009 through iTunes, as well as a special packaging that can only be ordered from the band's website. The song featured in the game Madden 10. Along with the entire "Crack the Skye" album the song was featured on the bands debut live album Live At The Aragon. "Divinations" premiered on Monday the January 26, on BBC Radio One's "Rockshow". Well received, the song has been cited by Pitchfork Media as some of Mastodon's finest music, as well as being referred to as "the nexus between the rabid savagery of the past and the mature restraint of the future." The music video for "Divinations" premiered on MTV.com on February 24, 2009. It was also featured on iTunes as the Free Music Video of the Week, starting May 6, 2009. The video depicts the band, minus Brent Hinds, as explorers on a snowy mountain. It shows them climbing, observing old artifacts, and also cuts to flashbacks in what seems to be the stone age. The flashbacks include cavemen ready to sacrifice a woman; the woman is then confronted by a yeti. The music video then cuts back to the band who
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    Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP

    • Year Released: 2010
    Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP is the official score for the 2010 film Jonah Hex directed by Jimmy Hayward and starring Josh Brolin. The score was composed by American heavy metal band Mastodon and film composer Marco Beltrami. It was released digitally on June 29, 2010 through Reprise Records. Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP received some minor charting success, peaking at number 15 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks, and at number 22 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums. In September 2009 it was announced that Mastodon were working on the film score to the DC comic adaption of Jonah Hex. While writing the film script, director Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!, Finding Nemo, Toy Story) was heavily inspired and influenced by the band's 2006 studio album, Blood Mountain. Hayward personally called Mastodon and asked them to contribute their music to the soundtrack. The film was on a tight budget and most of the cast and crew had agreed to take pay cuts. Mastodon were no exception as they agreed to record the album for, "basically nothing." Mastodon had just returned from a European tour with Metallica, and immediately flew out to Los Angeles, California to begin work on the score. The
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    Leviathan

    • Year Released: 2004
    Leviathan is the second album by metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 by Relapse Records. The album is the group's first concept album and is loosely based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, and the songs "Iron Tusk", "Blood and Thunder", "I Am Ahab" and "Seabeast" were released as singles. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer. In 2009 MetalSucks named Leviathan the best metal album of the 21st century. 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 had sold 103,000 copies by September, 2006. Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album to represent the water element, in keeping with elemental quadrilogy of concept albums. The "Tour Edition" CD-ROM was released in 2005 which in addition to the main album contained the videos for "Iron Tusk" and "Blood and Thunder". The Tour Edition is presented in a slipcase which shows the complete cover artwork, rather than the detail of the whale shown on the standard edition. This is also the cover for the
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    Lifesblood

    • Year Released: 2001
    Lifesblood is the debut EP by progressive metal band Mastodon. The sample at the beginning of "Shadows That Move" is from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The sample at the beginning of "Hail to Fire" is from the autobiographical film The Dancin' Outlaw by Jesco "Jesse" White. The samples at the beginning of "We Built This Come Death" and "Battle at Sea" are believed to be taken from recordings of the Nuremberg Trials. Since this album was only printed for a limited time, it has become quite rare and sought after by Mastodon fans. The limited prints come in a variety of colors, each with a certain amount produced; 100 clear, 500 red, 500 black and a second press of 500 blue and black. The EP was also re-released in August 2004 by Relapse Records. All songs written and composed by Mastodon.
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    Live at the Aragon

    • Year Released: 2011
    Live at the Aragon is a live CD/DVD by the sludge metal band Mastodon. It was released on March 15, 2011. It was filmed on October 17, 2009 during a Mastodon live show in the historic Aragon Ballroom of Chicago, part of their world tour to support their fourth album, Crack the Skye. It features Crack the Skye at its entirety as well as other Mastodon songs from Remission, Leviathan and Blood Mountain, their first, second and third records respectively. To promote the album the band released the live versions of "Oblivion", "Ghost of Karelia" and "Crack the Skye" on YouTube. The DVD also features the Crack the Skye film, which is the album in video format, in its entirety. Thom Jurek of Allmusic described the live performance by stating "There is little to no spontaneity or improvisation -- which is neither here nor there -- because what Mastodon do musically is so impressive. All their stop-and-start, fret-ripping, finger-cracking, knotty riffology and technical acumen are on full display." He also added that "The band's "cleaned up" vocals are disappointing live: neither Brent Hinds, Troy Sanders or Brann Dailor sing on key anywhere here. Given that 'sung vocals' highlighting
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    Mastodon (Boxed Set)

    • Year Released: 2008
    Mastodon is the only box set released by the American heavy metal band of the same name. It features all of their material released by Relapse Records plus Blood Mountain which was originally released on Reprise Records. The box set was limited to 1100 copies and all records were pressed on 180 gram vinyl. The box set was released by Relapse records with no input from the band. The box set contains the following audio: * Unreleased before this box set. **Leviathan also includes the band's cover versions of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald", Melvins "The Bit" and Metallica's "Orion". Also included are:
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    Oblivion EP

    • Year Released: 2009
    Oblivion EP is the second EP by Atlanta based sludge metal band Mastodon. It was released via the internet on November 4, 2009. This EP is only for sale in digital format. "The Bit" is a Melvins cover. All songs written and composed by Mastodon.
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    Remission

    • Year Released: 2002
    Remission is the debut album by American metal band Mastodon. It was released on May 28, 2002 through Relapse Records and was re-released on October 21, 2003. Most of the songs were written long before the album was recorded. "Workhorse" was premiered live in Memphis in July 2001. "Trampled Under Hoof", "Trilobite", "Where Strides The Behemoth", "Crusher Destroyer" and "Mother Puncher" were all played on a WMFU radio show on August 7, 2001, and "Trainwreck" was written while Eric Saner was still in the band. At the beginning of "Crusher Destroyer" is the roar of the Tyrannosaurus rex from the film Jurassic Park with Lex screaming her brother's name, "Timmy!", as they get attacked in the car. Troy Sanders has said that the album is loosely based on the theme of fire. However, Remission was Mastodon's only album not considered a concept album until 2011's "The Hunter". In an interview with online magazine Lollipop in 2004, Dailor explained how Remission was an album that helped him cope with his sister's death: "My sister committed suicide when I was 15 (she was 14)...I was never able to put that stuff anywhere. All that pain I was carrying inside. The pain of losing her had always
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    The Hunter

    • Year Released: 2011
    The Hunter is the fifth studio album by the American metal band Mastodon. Released through Roadrunner Records on September 26, 2011 in the UK and one day later in the US via Reprise Records The Hunter is their first release with producer Mike Elizondo. In its first week of release in the UK, the album reached number 19 on the UK Albums Chart and position number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Hunter has sold over 75,133 albums in the United States as of 2012. The album was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo (whose credits include Fiona Apple, 50 Cent, Alanis Morissette, Avenged Sevenfold and Maroon 5). In an interview with Virtual Festivals the band said the album was the most fun to make and can't see any other metal bands going one better. In an interview with MTV Germany, it was revealed that the new album will be called The Hunter in honor of Brent Hinds's brother who unexpectedly passed away while hunting during the making of the album. Speaking to AOL's Noisecreep, drummer Brann Dailor described the new material as not so much proggy as riff-oriented and "a little more stripped down," akin to that of Leviathan (2004) and "like a really
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    The Workhorse Chronicles

    • Year Released: 2006
    "The Workhorse Chronicles" is a DVD release by American progressive metal band Mastodon released on February 21, 2006 through Relapse Records and marks the band's final release through the company, before signing up to Warner Bros. Records. The DVD is divided into 3 sections. The first is a documentary that traces the process of band's formation and also provides information about previous bands of individual members. The second section consists of live performances recorded from year 2000 to 2005 including rare footage of the band in their initial form as a five-piece through to sold-out clubs worldwide. There are 28 recorded live performances in total. The third section is a selection of music videos. It features the band's first 3 music videos: "March Of The Fire Ants", "Blood and Thunder", and "Iron Tusk". The video for "Seabeast" is not included on this release, even though it had been made at the time; the DVD went into pressing before it could to be included. The DVD was originally going to contain alternate videos for some songs (including "Battle At Sea" and "Seabeast") that focused entirely upon drummer Brann Dailor. However, for some unknown reason these "Drum-cam"
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