First and foremost why the hell is there no thread about these guys honestly.
Look at them, they are down to earth. Now for some information.
Mastodon is grouped under a few different musical genres mostly Progressive or Sludge metal though. They are well known for their concept albums and general craziness of their songs. By crazy I mean odd time signatures, tempo changes and use of hybrid picking and effects.
Brent Hinds (Lead Guitar):
Bill Kellilher (Rhythm Guitar):
Troy Sanders (Bass):
Brann Dailor (Drums):
They all do vocals
Their discography is as such:
Mastodon has 4 studio released albums
This is Mastodon's first studio release. It is not very solo friendly, but the riffs are really tight and you get a real feel of sludge metal.
My personal favourite album with Mastodon. It's a concept album about Moby Dick. I felt as if I am Ahab should've been the opening song as if telling a story, but Blood and Thunder has a place in the heart of a lot of metal fans and is a very powerful opener. The album flows really well and is moving onto the more progressive side of mastodon.
Blood Mountain 2006:
This album is crazy. Capillarian Crest is a perfect example of the absolute madness of this band. I remember watching an interview with Bill Kellilher and he had said that "Brent really wanted to have both of us playing that madness riff, you'll know what I'm talking about, but I said that it would take me 5 years to sit down and learn that playing style."
This album is very sludgey, yet progressive.
Crack the Skye 2009:
This is all out progressive. This album is a tribute to Skye who is the late sister of the drummer Brann Dailor.
This album is full out concept. It flows very well into each song. The Last Baron I have to say has my all time favourite solo. It's a very touching album and also mentions Rasputin and Icarus.
They also have two compilation albums:
Call of the Mastodon:
Now for some musical content:
Blood and Thunder:
Hail to Fire:
Ghost of Karelia: