Formed by drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Keliher after meeting at a High On Fire show in 1999, Mastodon have turned heads, damaged eardrums, resurrected the twin guitar sorcery of Thin Lizzy and gotten themselves nominated for a Grammy while putting out records that perennially crack the top 10 in critics' year-end best-of polls. Following a nine-song demo in 2000 and an EP in 2001, the quartet released a full-length called Remission in 2002. But it was the Moby Dick-themed Leviathan (2004) that gained them national recognition, and after their third record (Call of the Mastodon, a compilation of early material) appeared in 2006, the band switched from Relapse Records to Warner Bros. and released Blood Mountain later that year. Blood Mountain garnered Mastodon a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. With appearances in video-game soundtracks, on late-night TV shows and at countless festivals -- not to mention the well-deserved respect they have in metal circles -- Mastodon represent one of the very high points of the extreme music genre.
Mastodon Concert Films
Live at Brixton
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minOn February 11, 2012, Mastodon took the stage at London's O2 Academy, Brixton capping off the band's world tour for their fifth studio album, "The Hunter." This sold out performance was the band's first show at Brixton. In addition to performing their latest songs "Curl of the Burl," "Black Tongue," and "Dry Bone Valley" the band dug into their catalog performing "Colony of Birchmen," "Capillarian Crest," and "Iron Tusk." Critics said this 23-song set list captures "an intense display of dark riffs and crushing choruses." Rolling Stone says "'The Hunter' demonstrates how contemporary radio rock can still be made with imagination, precision and a majestic sense of force."
Live at the Aragon
Runtime: 2 hr 9 minLive At The Aragon follows in the wake of the band's acclaimed conceptual masterwork Crack The Skye, released in March 2009 to thunderous accolades, and finished out the year even stronger as it found its way onto numerous "Best of 2009" critics lists and readers polls, including an impressive No. 8 position on the prestigious Village Voice Annual Pazz & Jop Poll.
Mastodon Top Tracks
Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium
Between The Buried And Me
Runtime: 1 hr 53 minThe concept behind "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" is in contrast with Between the Buried and Me's ambitious and impressive live stage production. This film features the band in a small studio setting in which they perform "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" album in its entirety at the Fidelitorium outside Winston-Salem, NC.
Live at Enmore Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 55 minWe got the opportunity to attend one of the most anticipated metal gigs of the year so far. The lights went down and the mighty Opeth entered the stage with the crowd roaring for them. Opeth blew the roof off the Enmore in Sydney, playing as amazingly as they always do. After they were all plugged in they began playing one of their hit songs. Effortlessly the members of Opeth themselves were getting lost in the music and drawing you in with them into a tranced atmospheric dimension as lead vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt’s voice carried through the venue.