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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.
The quartet dug into their roadwork hard upon the release of Remission. First a two-month North American tour supporting HIGH ON FIRE, followed by strings of dates supporting HATEBREED, CLUTCH, and FIVE POINTE O. The quartet finished out a busy 2002 with a Japanese Tour with HIGH ON FIRE and a quick Eastern U.S. run supporting The DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.
MASTODON kicked off 2003 with a much talked about appearance at the Relapse Contamination Festival and their first European Tour with HIGH ON FIRE. The band then embarked on its first headlining U.S. Tour, anchoring the Relapse North American Contamination tour with labelmates CEPHALIC CARNAGE, UPHILL BATTLE, and DYSRHYTHMIA. MASTODON immediately followed up the Contamination Tour with two European headlining tours in the Spring/Summer of 2003, including a plethora of Icelandic headlining dates. In September, 2003, MASTODON criss-crossed the U.S. with hard rockers CLUTCH, further reinforcing the power and beauty of their revered live show.
MASTODON carved its own path, and 'Remission' established the band as one of catalysts aiming to change the face of heavy music for the better. 'Remission' sent shockwaves across the hard rock community as critics and fans alike praised the album's diversity and strength. MASTODON graced the pages of nearly every noteworthy music tome worldwide as well as regional newspapers North America over including New York's Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, St. Louis Riverfront Times, Orlando Weekly, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Austin Chronicle and dozens more.
In the Fall of 2003, MASTODON was selected to appear amongst heavy music's biggest names as they were invited to be a part of the MTV2 "Headbangers Ball" 2xCD compilation. MASTODON's "March of the Fire Ants" appeared alongside hard music giants SLAYER, DEFTONES, and HATEBREED, as well as fellow fast-rising artists KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, POISON THE WELL and ARCH ENEMY. The Headbangers Ball album went on to sell upwards of 150,000 units, exposing the band to legions of new devotees.
In November, 2003 MASTODON filmed its first music video.The video catapulted MASTODON into the living rooms of countless metal fans and remained in steady rotation at both MTV2 and Fuse's "Uranium" program well into 2004. On the heels of the video's success, MASTODON was invited to appear in-studio as co-hosts of "Headbangers Ball," and did so alongside host Jamey Jasta, on Valentine's Day, 2004.
The accolades continued as MASTODON was named one of ALTERNATIVE PRESS Magazine's "Bands You Need to Know in 2004" and one of Metal Hammer's "50 Bands You Must Hear" for 2004 (alongside THE BRONX, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE and VELVET REVOLVER (ex-GUNS N' ROSES). In February, 2004, MASTODON was named one of the "25 Most Important Bands in Metal" by AP and as one of the "25 Greatest Live Bands Ever" by Revolver Magazine. The Revolver list also included such rock giants as KISS, NIRVANA, LED ZEPPELIN, AC/DC and SLAYER.
MASTODON teamed up with CLUTCH for a successful three-week stint in February and immediately following, made select west coast headlining appearances on their way to Seattle, where they entered both Robert Lang Studios (NIRVANA, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, FOO FIGHTERS) and Litho Studios (DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN, BOTCH) with producer Matt Bayles to record material for their second album 'Leviathan.
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"Smart, serious, densely composed, shredding and grooving and elegiac by turns...MASTODON play as if metal never lost the "heavy" prefix" - BLENDER
"majestic, technically astounding, mind-blowing...electrifying" - SPIN
"awe-inspiring" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"fantastic...incredible...MASTODON has nearly mastered rock dynamics" - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Devastating" - ROLLING STONE
"monstrous" - GUITAR WORLD
"Leviathan" is a must-have for any fan of complex, heavy music." - BILLBOARD
"Goodbye METALLICA hello MASTODON" - ROCK SOUND
Top Customer Reviews
Relapse records has quite a roster of unique bands. And let me tell you, Mastodon is no exception. They have achieved something on their first album that few bands do in their entire careers; they have established their own sound. Nowadays, it seems that a lot of groups are trying to be the next Dillinger Escape Plan or Meshuggah. And while Mastodon possess a mastery of their instruments that put them in league with both aforementioned bands, they bring in an element that seems to contradict everything math-metal is about. That element is sludgy stoner rock riffing. Of course it helps when two of your members (guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor) were in the technical metal outfit Lethargy. But it really isn't their technical skill that impresses me about Mastodon, it's the feeling they put into every riff and drumbeat. They MEAN every note they play whether it be the unbelievably beautiful intro of "Ol'e Nessie" or the bonecrushing beginning of "March of the Fire Ants".
The DVD, which was filmed in Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, really isn't much to write home about. The sound quality is atrocious. Bassist Troy Sanders' vocals are entirely too loud (he's actually louder than the instruments). and guitarist Bill Kelliher's vocals aren't loud enough. But I give it two stars for two reasons:
1. It was free.Read more ›
first off let me say that mastodon is the most amazing metal band in the relapse assault. yes, although hard to believe, these guys top out cephalic carnage, dillinger escape plan, and maybe even pig destroyer.
i guess the reason that makes this cd so great is that its so diverse, while relapse is my favorite record label, a lot of relapse bands release CDs while are wonderful, become very dull after a couple of listens due to lack of variety in the music. mastodon is NOTHING like this however, they can have the all out brutality such as the opener "crusher destroyer" or "burning man", and than can slow down a touch with songs such as "trilobite" and the instrumentals of "o'le nessie".
these guys are just flat out talented. everything you hear about brann dailor's drumming is true. he's so technical and quick that a lot of the time your so focused on listening to the drums that you miss the rest of the cd, its that good. but, the beauty of his drumming is that he isn't always bursting on speed and going all over the kit like flo of cryptopsy, dailor likes to keep pace with the music, while still plowing his own path. believe everything you hear, the drums sound amazing.
the guitars are no exception, either. the music varies over several genres, and every single song stands out, no song sounds the same, this is what makes mastodon so much different from other relapse groups.
the vocals are also pretty well done, they are ridiculously low (such as nile) to where you can't take them seriously, and it isnt even really a growl, they sound like much more of a low yell, pretty neat.Read more ›
One part Dillinger Escape Plan, the other part Kyuss, Mastodon are uncomprisingly heavy, yet they still manage to make dynamic and memorable music. "Dynamic" is the key word here... "aesthetics" would be another one. Mastodon shift from texture to texture flawlessly, creating soundscapes that bring to (my) mind cosmic planes, windtorn deserts, and other such imagery. Musically, they use dense riffage and intricate signatures to the fullest, without sounding too frenetic... in fact, it is possible not to notice their technicality on the first listen, a result of their ace songwriting.
The most extraordinary thing about Mastodon, however, is their drummer, Brann Dailor. Holy cow, this guy tears up the kit on this one, dropping mind boggling fills and snare tricks almost every few seconds. The Remission is one of the only albums I own (tool's lateralus is another..) where it's easy to pay more attention to the drums than the band as a whole . THAT is how good this guy is... his cymbal work is commendable as well.
I don't know if I would use "stoner rock" to describe Mastodon, but the droning guitar tone and penchant for ear candy does nothing to revoke it. If you dig on the whole Relapse scene you should have no trouble falling for Mastodon... excellent band.
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I got the *Black/Purple Half 'n Half* 45RPM version. The description is not clear about this.
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I think the best way to look at this album is to consider it a sufficient benchmark for Mastodon. While a technically sharp and cohesive album, there lacks to character or charm... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jacob Warrenfeltz
I was disappointed. I thought they would be more like a Dragon Force or maybe some viking or prog rock. It was a lot more like a Cannibal Corpse type of feel. Read morePublished 14 months ago by BARRY K. BELLAH