MASTODON

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MASTODON formed in 1999 when drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher moved to Atlanta, GA from their hometown of Rochester, New York. Only three weeks after arriving in Atlanta, Dailor and Kelliher met bassist Troy Sanders and guitarist Brent Hinds at a HIGH ON FIRE show that Hinds put on in his basement. Dailor and Kelliher had almost a decade of playing and touring experience together; Sanders and Hines had a half-dozen. Within a few weeks of forming, the quartet’s intense songwriting chemistry generated a solid set of hard-hitting songs. Under the name MASTODON, the group recorded their first demo in June 2000. With new demo in hand, the band managed to secure a contract with Relapse.

In October 2001 they recorded their first full-length, 'Remission.' Songs such as the galloping "March of the Fire Ants," the beautiful "Ol’e Nessie," "Mother Puncher’s" labyrinthine guitar workout, and the punishing "Workhorse" are nothing short of insta-classics, and the album's remaining seven tracks are not far behind.

In November 2003 MASTODON filmed its first music video with director Chad Rullman (NEUROSIS). The "March of the Fire Ants" clip made its world premier on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" program and immediately garnered 'Bang of the Week' honors (www.mtv.com/onair/mtv2/headbangers_ball/).


Entering both Robert Lang Studios (NIRVANA, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, FOO FIGHTERS) and Litho Studios (DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN, BOTCH) with producer Matt Bayles, MASTODON recorded material for their second album 'Leviathan. Released in August, 2004, Leviathan turned the heavy music world on its ear, MASTODON receiving tremendous amounts of both fan and critical acclaim. The band’s press and television profiles both continued to grow immensely upon the album’s release and MASTODON was invited to tour Europe with SLIPKNOT and SLAYER. Immediately following the European trek, MASTODON hit the road with SLAYER and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE for the high-profile 2004 Jagermeister Music Tour.
 

Domino Publishing Mastodon Catalogue:  'Leviathon' , 'Call of The Mastodon', 'Remission'.