The Strange History Of MASTODON (from death metal to the Grammys)

  • Опубліковано 2 жов 2023
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    The strange history of Mastodon! I talk about Mastodon's early history (Lethargy, Relapse Records, "Remission"), "Leviathan," "Blood Mountain" and "Crack The Skye," Mastodon members Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher and Troy Sanders, "The Hunter," "Once More Round The Sun," "Emperor Of Sand," "Cold Dark Place" and more in the history of Mastodon.
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    0:00 Intro
    2:30 Early years of Mastodon
    5:22 "Leviathan" & breakthrough
    8:11 "Blood Mountain" & "Crack The Skye"
    11:34 "The Hunter"
    13:23 "Once More Around The Sun"
    14:50 "Emperor Of Sand"
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  • The Punk Rock MBA
    The Punk Rock MBA  7 місяців тому +22

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    • Eddie Ramos
      Eddie Ramos 7 місяців тому +2


    • FACEL1FT
      FACEL1FT 7 місяців тому

      Thanks for mentioning saints row man! Thats where i know mastodon from. Not from the first game, tho. Colony of Birchmen caught my attention in Saints Row 2

    • DeadShot!
      DeadShot! 7 місяців тому

      you should start uploading your live stream highlights bro

    • Jeremy’s Iron
      Jeremy’s Iron 7 місяців тому

      @DeadShot! he does, on his second channel he posts most of the livestream material….wasn’t sure if you knew that

    • Indygreg71
      Indygreg71 7 місяців тому

      nothing ironic at all about punk rockbeing essentially a promo code. .

  • Fight Riffs
    Fight Riffs 7 місяців тому +657

    I live in Georgia and both of my bands practice at Mastodons studio Ember City in Atlanta, it's a really low-key building in West Atlanta industrial area, half of it is a rental rehearsal spot, and I've talked to these guys a handful of times. Incredibly cool guys and humble, they're all super involved in the scene here still. Big love for Mastodon.

    • Timewalker13
      Timewalker13 7 місяців тому +4

      Consider yourself lucky

    • Roxy Labelle
      Roxy Labelle 7 місяців тому +22

      Brann came into the bar/restaurant I work at on New Year's Eve
      he had on a silver sequined suit
      absolute fucking legend lmao

    • Anti-Liberal
      Anti-Liberal 7 місяців тому +3

      I seen them in Atl at Lakewood during the Mayhem Yager tour in 06 on the main stage with Slipknot disturbed dragonforce

    • captain spaulding
      captain spaulding 7 місяців тому +1

      Howdy neighbor haha

    • Fight Riffs
      Fight Riffs 7 місяців тому +26

      When they shut down Thunderbox in Atlanta the dudes from Mastodon knew a lot of local bands were out of a rehearsal space so they repurposed half of their studio to fill the gap. One of the coolest things they've done outside of making records.

  • markymark
    markymark 4 місяці тому +3

    Can't understand how anyone can hate Hushed and Grim. One if their best if not their BEST work so far IMO. Every single song is memorable and feels like it will be considered a 'classic' in 40 years time

    SPASE HORSE 7 місяців тому +22

    I worked for Relapse when they put out Leviathan and then the Warner Bros buy out. The bonus check I got at Christmas was huge because of that album. We had to literally sit in a circle of boxes full of CD's and Vinyl over the weekends to fill preorders. Its insane the love they had before blowing up

    • At Zero
      At Zero Місяць тому +1

      Always liked stories like This.. that era, when sales dropped, somehow this underground music was selling, without the machine... The Band Breather Resist, told me about them.. Jake from Converge also.. that First album.. takes you somewhere.. like,, Since By Man,, push to panic.. Cheers from Southern California.. @∅

  • Chris McCartney
    Chris McCartney 7 місяців тому +385

    For me, Crack the Skye is a really special album. A once in a lifetime masterpiece sort of achievement.

    • _thrudgelmi
      _thrudgelmi 7 місяців тому +6


    • Osama bin Diesel
      Osama bin Diesel 7 місяців тому +4

      Knew about mastodon since colony of birchmen, but this album with the track “divinations” is what made me a fan. It was played briefly as an adult swim bump along with the visualizer of the album cover, and it was the coolest thing I ever saw/heard.

    • Samuel Kidwell
      Samuel Kidwell 7 місяців тому +5

      ​@Osama bin Diesel I found Mastodon watching Adult Swim before school. I love the reference in your username btw lol.

    • Jeremy’s Iron
      Jeremy’s Iron 7 місяців тому +4

      It is a 10

    • MikeAngelo047
      MikeAngelo047 7 місяців тому

      ​@Osama bin Diesel Rock Band?

  • Zach Hamilton
    Zach Hamilton 7 місяців тому +25

    Crack the Skye is still my favorite album by them, and personally the band just became another level once Brann started singing. His voice really puts it all together with how different it is from Brent's and Troy's. All 3 of them together though just make this perfect triangle of vocals.

  • Ryan Colligan
    Ryan Colligan 7 місяців тому +204

    I love how diverse their discography is. They have an album for every mood. I think they struck the perfect balance of prog and brutal on Blood Mountain, but I go back to all of their albums frequently. Brann’s drumming is genuinely masterful, delicious, crushing, and smooth simultaneously.

    • Rubaida Allen
      Rubaida Allen 7 місяців тому +1

      Absolutely. Every album is unique and yummy it it’s own way. Such a unique band with a sound like no one else. Love that there’s 3 singers and they are each super talented. My man Bill Kelliher is riff lord par excellence 🔥🔥🔥

    • Johnny Hourigan
      Johnny Hourigan 7 місяців тому

      I love that Each member is so crucial to the band. If anyone left the band would be finished. I’d just like to point to Brent’s solos. They get better and better with each album.

      JOE NERLFI 7 місяців тому +2

      Agreed, man - the album art, songs, lyrics, musical styles - they're true artists.

    • Ben McCann
      Ben McCann 7 місяців тому

      I love the subtle tension in his drumming. He has that marching band style precise control over the snappiness and timing of his hits. It just sounds so sharp, alive but still crushingly heavy. Brilliant drummer.

    • rawrshack tsu
      rawrshack tsu 6 місяців тому +3

      Colony of Birchmen popped my cherry.

  • QQyoko
    QQyoko 7 місяців тому +155

    Emperor of Sand was my introduction to Mastodon. What a phenomenal album.

    • Aaron Baker
      Aaron Baker 7 місяців тому +4

      Emperor of the Sand is a great album but damn they took 100 steps back with Hushed and Grimm. That’s a terrible album.

    • Jeremy’s Iron
      Jeremy’s Iron 7 місяців тому +3

      @Aaron Baker it’s been so up and down since “Crack the Skye”(a veritified all time Metal masterpiece10/10) that’s where their creativity and consistency peaked imo….luckily they still are capable of good stuff,(Emperor of Sand was a pleasant semi return to form)….it’s not like Metallica where you lost hope for anything good decades ago….but yeah so up and down since CTS

    • Mother Fucker
      Mother Fucker 7 місяців тому +3

      @Aaron Baker Finally someone gets it! Hushed and Grim is objectively boring lol. Every song is slow, there are like 2 riffs in everyone of them, nothing is as complex as in the previous albums and it feels like Brent Hinds isn't even a part of Mastodon anymore. I really think this was their last album with him 'cause he's gone full on country music by now.

    • zdancrk
      zdancrk 7 місяців тому

      Same here. I'm practicing the solo for "more than I could chew" from the album hushed and grim.

    • Will Castillo
      Will Castillo 7 місяців тому +1

      Phenomenally disappointing.

  • Luis Sousa
    Luis Sousa 7 місяців тому +34

    For me, Cold Dark Place is one of the best things they released. something about those 4 songs that just sounds perfect. Blue Walsh is one of my favourite tracks.

  • Cameron W
    Cameron W 7 місяців тому +31

    The thing about Brann's drumming is that it's just SO entertaining to listen to.... He's one of those drummers where you can enjoy just focusing on his parts just as much as listening to the album as a whole..

    • okochannel
      okochannel 7 місяців тому +2

      Yeah, absolutely!

    • Jeremy’s Iron
      Jeremy’s Iron 5 місяців тому +2

      The distinct guitar riffs on top of the almost jazz style drumming, somehow fitting into metal, is something only they can pull off….. the guitar and drums are so distinct that literally no other metal band sounds like them at all, they somehow fit this weirdness into metal and it works

  • P B
    P B 7 місяців тому +124

    Brann is one of the best drummers in metal without a doubt. The Hunter is the album that hook me in.

    • Jeremy’s Iron
      Jeremy’s Iron 7 місяців тому +12

      Fantastic second vocalist as well

    • P B
      P B 7 місяців тому +4

      @Jeremy’s Iron ikr, hes amazing on vocals too

    • bobunitone
      bobunitone 7 місяців тому +2

      He can do an amazing King Diamond too

    • Mark James
      Mark James 7 місяців тому +2

      I would say one of the best in the entire rock world.

    • ChikinOnFrydai
      ChikinOnFrydai 7 місяців тому +3

      i’d even go as far to say he’s one of the best drummers period lmao

  • Berke
    Berke 24 дні тому +2

    Crack the Skye is easily one of the best Prog/Metal concept albums to exist. Every single song is so well done on every front

    FRANK THE TANK DRUMS 7 місяців тому +34

    The Hunter got waaay better with time. Aged like wine. Title track is mesmerizing.

    • UltimateMcNasty
      UltimateMcNasty 19 днів тому +1

      Metal fans have always been picky eaters. No matter the subgenre. The Black Album had some objectively well-written and composed songs (except for Enter Sandman), and everyone acted like Metallica had killed their mothers.

  • jevinday
    jevinday 7 місяців тому +100

    Also: the idea of Finn listening to a 90 minute double album is hilarious 😂

    • Jeremy’s Iron
      Jeremy’s Iron 7 місяців тому +11

      The idea of Finn’s newborn boy growing up into a prog fan is hilarious, also congrats Finn

  • Matheus Navarro
    Matheus Navarro 7 місяців тому +55

    I really loved Hushed & Grim, one of the saddest and most emotional albums I've ever heard...

    • Rubaida Allen
      Rubaida Allen 7 місяців тому +5

      It really is beautiful. I cried.

    • Joe Kreb
      Joe Kreb 16 днів тому +2

      I think it's the best they've done since Crack The Skye

  • Thee Armored Saint
    Thee Armored Saint 7 місяців тому +57

    I've been rocking with them since Leviathan, own their entire discography and have seen them live. One of my favorite bands over the course of the past 15 years.

  • Garner McCulloch
    Garner McCulloch 7 місяців тому +23

    Mastodon has to be my favorite band to come out in the last 20 years. Their ability to release an album that just so happens to coincide with real life traumas that I am dealing with is uncanny.

  • WTR28
    WTR28 7 місяців тому +105

    Bill Kelliher is right up there with James Hetfield when it comes to all time great rhythm guitarists in metal.

    • BigDaddyJeff
      BigDaddyJeff 7 місяців тому +3

      so mediocre at best?

    • Alex Brown
      Alex Brown 7 місяців тому +12

      ​@BigDaddyJeff lmfao try learning the melodic break in circle of cysquatch and then try capillarian crest

    • Mother Fucker
      Mother Fucker 7 місяців тому +4

      @Alex Brown 1. These riffs were written by Brent
      2. I think he meant it in a way that when you're "up there with James Hetflield" you are mediocre because Hetfield just straight up writes boring riffs. His riffs sound like something a beginner would write but no one can write like Bill Kelliher

    • Alejandro Marino
      Alejandro Marino 7 місяців тому +10

      ​@BigDaddyJeff saying hetfield is mediocre, is mediocre itself.

    • Jake
      Jake 7 місяців тому +7

      For me, it’s Kirk Windstein, Bill Kelliher and Jerry Cantrell top 3 rhythm guys all time.

  • hsatan20
    hsatan20 7 місяців тому +11

    These guys are hardworking bad asses. I was super lucky enough to meet the band back in the early 2000s when they toured through Michigan multiple times to bring their music to the masses. They crushed it live and were super nice. They toured their asses off and worked hard for what they got.

    • That Stranger
      That Stranger 2 місяці тому

      That's a shame. I had the exact opposite experience with them in 2014 and it really turned me off of them. I don't know what it was, maybe it was just a bad day but they seemed very standoffish.

  • Ross Dixon
    Ross Dixon 7 місяців тому +26

    Can’t believe you didn’t mention their appearance in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie. Legit one of the best things they’ve ever done.

    • hugh j
      hugh j 7 місяців тому +3

      I was gonna say that but glad I checked if someone else had first

    • Mother Fucker
      Mother Fucker 7 місяців тому +4

      Also their song "Island" appeared in Pixar's Monster's university lol

    • Jonathan Porter
      Jonathan Porter 6 місяців тому +5

      "Cut you up with a linoleum knife" awesome song and one of the best movie soundtracks.

    • Floating Disembodied Head
      Floating Disembodied Head 2 дні тому

      ​@Jonathan Porterhilarious video accompaniment too

  • Lucas Garibaldi
    Lucas Garibaldi 7 місяців тому +70

    The hunter is such an underrated record.

    • Mitchell Wheeler
      Mitchell Wheeler 7 місяців тому +6

      Agreed. It got me into the band and I love the simpler structures and psychedlic elements.

    • Thatoneguy311
      Thatoneguy311 6 місяців тому

      Their performance of the Sparrow in the aquarium is top notch

    • BillyJoe JimBob
      BillyJoe JimBob Місяць тому

      Agree, it's an awesome album.

    • Joe Kreb
      Joe Kreb 16 днів тому

      It just has to live in the shadow of Crack The Skye, a hard act to follow

  • Paroketh
    Paroketh 7 місяців тому +7

    These guys have not a single bad album, it’s just incredible considering also that they had no change in the lineup and still have new great ideas

    CTHULHU FERRIGNO 7 місяців тому +7

    My favorite band; I've seen them live 22 times (with the 23rd coming up in May). That being said, I don't think they've ever topped Leviathan, the closest thing to a perfect album I've ever heard.

    B SCHNAUF 7 місяців тому +33

    I went to a local record store in mid to late 2000’s and bought Leviathan. In a week I was hunting for their releases. My favorite band of all time. Followed my Floyd, RUSH, and such. The music speaks to me. It’s musically brilliant. Stellar talents at each instrument. Composition is on point. Hard to pick favorite album.

  • Barenaked Leech
    Barenaked Leech 7 місяців тому +8

    Blood Mountain is the album that got me into them. Was super weird for me at the time as I was like 14, but still my favorite album of theirs to this day.

  • Collin S
    Collin S 4 місяці тому +1

    I'll always have a soft spot for The Hunter. You sorta can't go wrong with any of their albums. There's always something to suit the mood depending on which one you listen to. For my money, Crack the Skye is their best work, and it definitely deserves a mention in any discussion about the best metal albums of all time. It's truly a masterwork.

  • Chris Stone
    Chris Stone 4 місяці тому

    I love everything they've done as a band, and over analyzing is pointless to me. Plain and simple, they evolve and get better with every single release. I've seen them close to 19 times, and this last tour with Gojira was AMAZING! Go Mastodon Go!

  • Terrible Username
    Terrible Username 7 місяців тому +44

    Amazing band with an amazing career. Insane diverse sound and greats riffing all around, what’s not to love?

  • Dominic Spizzirri
    Dominic Spizzirri 7 місяців тому +27

    Mastodon have never made a bad album. Maybe the latest one is a bit too long admittedly, but Mastodon is legendary. They’ve grown on me a lot through the years.

  • Protowrath
    Protowrath 6 місяців тому +1

    Mastodon is definitely the band that really made me step back and say, "Wow, what did I just listen to?" back in 2006. I've loved all their changes. No band owes me anything so I feel happy whenever they create something new for me to listen to. I think their next album might be very short and concise. I know Bill has talked about how he loves what Turnstile has brought to the mainstream so I think the idea of a shorter Mastodon album could come to fruition.

  • Cory Sabourin
    Cory Sabourin 7 місяців тому +4

    Leviathan and Brann's drumming is what drew me to Mastodon, Crack the Skye is still my favorite album of any band.

  • Joe Kreb
    Joe Kreb 16 днів тому +1

    I remember when my friend showed me Leviathan in high school and I didn't get it at first. Going on 20 years later, no other band has ever meant something personal to me. I'm proud of what Mastodon continues to accomplish, the humanity and positivity they've injected into their music. They're something special.

  • Paul Button
    Paul Button 6 місяців тому +4

    I got into them around blood mountain, but for me, mother puncher is still their best track. Such brutality and precision. Their newer stuff is still fantastic, toe to toes is a great track.

    • Konrad Beezo
      Konrad Beezo Місяць тому

      Mother puncher is a awesome song for sure, I really dig trilobite also

  • Brett Evans
    Brett Evans 6 місяців тому +1

    Hushed and Grim is for sure my favorite Mastodon album. I love how many roads they turn down musically. For me, albums like The Hunter and Leviathan (I know, blasphemy), have less replay value as the sound of those songs get a little tiring towards the end of the listen. Crack the Sky is a close second in my opinion, but Hushed and Grim just sounds so pristine and fluid, it really doesn't feel like a double album when I listen all the way through.

  • Andrew Thurmond
    Andrew Thurmond 7 місяців тому +14

    I'm so happy to see you covering them. They have been with me since Remission and they have grown with me through the years. Every single time they release a new album, their lyrical content parallels where I'm at in my life at the moment. I bought "The Hunter" on my way to on Occupy rally and the opening track blasted someone for stealing the light and the purpose. When I was living in my Tahoe trying to make it in Colorado, they released "Once More 'Round the Sun" with bangers speaking to me like "The Motherload" telling me the universe has my back and that I can have whatever I want. They are hands down one of the greatest bands ever to me. Tattooed on my forearm are the lyrics to "The Sparrow" which are simply "Pursue happiness with diligence".

  • M. Hep
    M. Hep 7 місяців тому +3

    I toured with them twice with my old band Priestess, listen to both our albums and you can hear that at least Brann's drumming rubbed off on us haha. Magical lovely dudes they are

    • Indie Keegan
      Indie Keegan 22 дні тому +1

      No way! I fucking love Priestess!!! Been listening since the myspace days. Thats super cool dude!!

  • Josh Kelley
    Josh Kelley 7 місяців тому +14

    Seen them 7 times and will be seeing them an 8th time in May. One of the most underappreciated bands in music today

  • drumskank
    drumskank 7 місяців тому +5

    I don't think Mastodon has ever made a bad record. Sure, fans have their favorites but each album is a work of art and represent a different period in the artists lives. They also stand out from the rest in their creativity and amazing musicality.

    • Joe Kreb
      Joe Kreb 16 днів тому

      Once More Round the Sun is probably the "worst" and it has Asleep in the Deep.

  • Misanthropic Aggression
    Misanthropic Aggression 6 місяців тому +1

    I'm from Atlanta. My high school hardcore band Object of Aggression opened for them at Masquerade in 2002. I've watched all of this unfold. Highly accurate video! I see the guys around town pretty often. Check out Bill's hardcore / grind side project Primate. It has Kevin Sharp from Brutal Truth on vocals. We have played a few shows with them. Check us out too by the way! We have a new record coming out soon.

  • DaveofValor
    DaveofValor 6 місяців тому +1

    Love this history review of Mastodon! Finally, going to see them on their tour with Gojira and Lorna. Total bucketlist band for a while now. I was also an artist on Relapse around the time of 2008 to 2010. Mastodon is one of my favorite bands since Leviathan. Over the years I have gone back to listen to the old and new. Mastodon and Dillinger were still on the label when we came on. Shortly realized out of the 4 labels we could have chosen while still on Tragic Hero Record; Relapse was not the one. Our band name was From Graves of Valor, which was later changed by our singer to Graves of Valor, along with changing the sound. We had members of Through the Eyes of the Dead. Do you remember our bands? If so, probably at least TTEOTD, who were on Prosthetic at the time. Anyways, I believe there's enough of a following of both bands and still to this day, that you could make a short about them and or us. Mainly interested if you knew of us or their band and what your thought are/ were during that time. Love your channel! Your thought processes and observations line up with mine completely. Rock on Finn! 🤘

  • osimate
    osimate 7 місяців тому +4

    It is insane Brann is one of the best drummers doing this all while also being one of the main singers in the band. He has been getting more and more time in each album singing, and it gives me crazy Ozzy vibes each time.

  • TheLoneStranger
    TheLoneStranger 3 місяці тому

    While I miss their heavier days, they have never disappointed me and I truly have loved all their albums and evolution. Just wish they would do like a 5 song throwback album.

  • Steve Trent
    Steve Trent 6 місяців тому +2

    Thanks for this video, I love this band so much. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid when remission came out and it’s just so special to be able to listen to your favorite band evolve and move forward like they have in a positive way.

  • JJ Metalhead
    JJ Metalhead 7 місяців тому +5

    Thanks so much for the shoutout!!! Great video. Mastodon is one of those bands that continues to put out fantastic music. Hushed and Grim took me a little while to warm up to, but now I really appreciate it.

  • Hanes
    Hanes 7 місяців тому +12

    It’s impressive they went from a Social network to a Metal band within months

  • derek white
    derek white 7 місяців тому +1

    Stoked to see you do this video! Mastodon is hands down my favorite band. I love their entire discography! A couple corrections (respectfully): They released “Call of the Mastodon” before “Remission”
    Brann is pronounced like the word “Brawn”

  • Gojira 289
    Gojira 289 7 місяців тому +8

    I discovered Mastodon through March of the Fire Ants on Headbangers Ball in like '02 or '03. Leviathan is still in my top 10 metal albums of all time. Unfortunately I don't like their new stuff as well but am still going to see them and Gojira in April. Going to check out Lethargy now, I didn't know it existed until this video so thanks, Finn.

  • Frank Baz
    Frank Baz 7 місяців тому +2

    The Hunter is far from their worst album. As a matter of fact, it's their best, and actually one of the best ever recorded. Nothing else is like it! Mastodon rules!!

  • ASAP Flash
    ASAP Flash 7 місяців тому +3

    Brann is such a fantastic drummer, hands down one of my favorite drummers ever.

  • Trina Julian Edwards
    Trina Julian Edwards 7 місяців тому +1

    Really great commentary. I have loved Mastodon for over twenty years, and I think part of it is because they are willing to take those risks. They have evolved as a band, while I've evolved as a listener. I enjoy all of their albums, although The Hunter is not my favorite. There are some great songs on that record, Curl of the Burl being one of them, but coming on the heels of Crack the Skye did not do it any favors. Crack the Skye is one that sticks with you. It really is a masterpiece. That was never going to be easy to follow. I'll never forget the first time I heard Oblivion. It's somehow heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Hushed and Grim is not to everyone's taste, but it grows on you. You can really hear their grief at the loss of their friend and manager. I feel like sometimes metal music loses some of that authenticity, so it's good to go down that road once in awhile. I'm excited to see where they go from here. Can't wait to see them with Gojira this spring- they're absolutely amazing live. They're all great at what they do, but Brann is a wonder.

  • Marc Gaskett
    Marc Gaskett 7 місяців тому +3

    Mastodon are certified legends and imo have never put a foot wrong, this includes both the newest album and The Hunter, both incredible albums

  • Fred Carrier
    Fred Carrier 7 місяців тому +3

    Their behind the scenes videos about the making of their albums are really cool insights into the band. Definitely one of the most musically wide ranging bands out there.

  • JayBigDadyCy
    JayBigDadyCy 7 місяців тому +3

    I absolutely love this band and how I got into them was actually something you didn't mention - their song "Linoleum Knife" they did for the ATHF movie. While it's meant to be a typical metal song with goofy lyrics, it kicks ass. And from there I slowly started unraveling what is now one of my all time favorite bands and I'm not a metal head at all. Going to see these guys with Gojira in May. I cannot fucking wait.

  • Cobbi-19
    Cobbi-19 5 місяців тому

    In my opinion, Mastodon are in a class all by themselves. I love the journey they have taken us on over the last 20 + years. Mastodon is like a mans best friend, in good days or bad, their music is always there to lift you up.

  • Jordan Joestar
    Jordan Joestar 7 місяців тому +17

    Seeing them with Gojira and Lorna Shore.
    It's going to be incredible seeing 3 of my favorite drummers at once. We all know Gojira can rock a stage like no other so I'm hoping Mastadon dials it in as perfectly too!

    • Eduardo Sandoval
      Eduardo Sandoval 4 місяці тому

      Dude I saw them in LA and I actually thought Mastadon absolutely nailed it that night that show was so insane

  • Seth Sadler
    Seth Sadler 7 місяців тому

    I love everything Mastodon does. You're absolutely right that their "worst" is still amazing.
    I also love that you chose the best part of Last Baron to feature. The first time I heard that song, I played it repeatedly mostly to hear that groove.

  • heatto jones
    heatto jones Місяць тому

    I've always loved every mastodon album. I like how it's not just same old. They always add new and different elements.

  • Jesse Cruz
    Jesse Cruz 7 місяців тому +9

    Thanks for shedding light on Today Is The Day, such a criminally underrated band.

  • SOSscorn
    SOSscorn 7 місяців тому +2

    The Hunter is my personal favorite album of theirs front to back, very calm riding vibe. There are better songs on other albums, but all the way through, this one takes it for me.

  • mr. chri5
    mr. chri5 4 місяці тому

    Honestly having every band member behind a mic is so awesome. In Mastadon's case especially cuz it gives the band almost like a shape shifting element. Just love these guys! Great video 🤘🤘

    • Dan Bauer
      Dan Bauer 19 днів тому

      Bill doesn't really sing anymore. And he never did leads.
      Also, MastOdon

  • Mason Sampson
    Mason Sampson 7 місяців тому +20

    Love Mastodon they are one of the greatest bands of the modern era and I will love them to the day I die

  • idlenaut
    idlenaut 6 місяців тому

    I absolutely love The Hunter and during the most difficult year of my life, I ended up getting lyrics from All the Heavy Lifting tattooed on my arm to remind me that things will eventually get better. Big feels for that album for me.

  • Pat L.
    Pat L. 5 місяців тому

    I think Voivod would deserve a video. It's weird not seing them being mentionned anywhere on this channel considering how much of a pioneer band they are, while still having one of the most unique and inimitable sound even into a 40 years long career. Many major bands have credited Voivod being a major influence (Meshuggah and Mastodon amongst others).
    Other than that, thanks for this amazing video covering an amazing band!

  • Robbie M
    Robbie M 7 місяців тому

    I discovered Mastodon right before Blood Mountain came out, they instantly became one of my favorite bands and I met one of my best friends too because of them.

  • Sasa Kanjuh
    Sasa Kanjuh 7 місяців тому +1

    So glad to see Mastodon is getting attention it well deserves.. This band marks a very significant period of my life and holds a very special place in my heart.. Love this band so much!!

  • Pavel Keprt
    Pavel Keprt 6 місяців тому

    Crack the Skye, the sickest. That album embodies everything I love most in heavy music. And it's got this mystical, delirious, halucinatory feel to it that permeates the whole album and makes it even more special.

  • Anthony Beilman
    Anthony Beilman 7 місяців тому +3

    Crack the skye blew my freaking mind. It's one of my top 10 albums and oblivion is one of my favorite songs. The album just kicks ass beginning to end.

  • onbedoelde Kut
    onbedoelde Kut Місяць тому +1

    They DEFINITELY deserve recognition for bringing disco structure to metal without fans realising.
    Over numerous albums, they use a repeating pattern that can be found on everything since Crack the Skye, it's very reminiscent of some patterns used by Benny & Bjorn.
    Not to mention the piratical lounge music vocals of Brent, they emulate Sinatra after being possessed!

    • Lady Honor
      Lady Honor 22 дні тому +1

      Thank you 😊🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • John Lynes
    John Lynes 7 місяців тому

    As a fan from the Remission album I love Hushed and Grim. (and everything else) As someone said, they have an album for every mood and they're all A+ albums. This was a great rundown.

  • HightowerAndJones
    HightowerAndJones 7 місяців тому

    Even stranger is that Warner Bros. heard Leviathan and thought to sign them. The fact that they are on a major label is still impressive and makes me love them more for pushing the boundaries for commercial acceptance.

  • Cube Dragon
    Cube Dragon 7 місяців тому

    I was lucky enough to win a vinyl copy of their first EP. So raw and vicious. The drums are more forward in the mix, which sounds killer.

  • Matthew Smythe
    Matthew Smythe 6 місяців тому

    Finn it is so cool that as much as you pick on prog music (for good reasons I might add) you can give mastodon their flowers and appreciate them. One of my all time favorites. Brann has seriously influenced me as a drummer.

  • SparkleFunHorse
    SparkleFunHorse 7 місяців тому +3

    One of my favorite bands of all time. And I absolutely love that they change their sound & style on each new album. It always takes me a few listens to 'get it,' and that's what I love about them: it's never the same thing twice. And of course their musical chops are undeniable. Their riffs are undeniable (TY Bill K). Their dedication to pushing their own limits (which then pushes the listeners' as well) is undeniable.

  • TackleberryFife
    TackleberryFife 5 місяців тому

    Mastodon has always been a band on the periphery for me. I’ve been aware of them, heard a handful of songs that I liked, but never dove in to their catalog. I’m going to see them in a week with Gojira and Lorna Shore and based upon everything I’ve heard, I’m expecting a really good show.

  • ian taylor
    ian taylor 7 місяців тому +2

    Mastodon without question has to be my favorite band of all time and it's always cool to see I'm not the only person who loves them. I found Leviathan when I was in high school and that album, Crack the Skye and The Hunter got me through some pretty low points there and then in the first couple years of college. Not only that, but it was through Mastodon I found Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang, and all of the bands John from Baroness has done album art for. Seriously, you want a good collection of metal, just listen to any band that's gotten him to do their album art.

    • G Gagoots
      G Gagoots 13 днів тому

      Yeah they got me into Red Fang as well. Red Fang is great I hope they keep making music. And yes I just bought a shirt of theirs the other day the merch and imagery is fantastic

    BURGRKNG 7 місяців тому +2

    Finn you finally covered my favourite band of all time, didn't think you would be into them as they're quite proggy. The first 3 albums are my fave, I think it's a nostalgia thing but also it was before they calmed down a bit from Crack The Skye onwards. They're a weird band but I fucking love them, I still put on Leviathan or Blood Mountain for a cover to cover listen every now and then

  • Acmallsb40
    Acmallsb40 7 місяців тому +1

    Hushed and Grim is a fantastic album. I saw Mastodon on their tour with Spiritbox and Ghost and it completely reinvigorated my love for this band from high school and listening to Blood Mountain. Picked up a vinyl copy of the record immediately after the show and now I am super excited to see their co-headlining tour with Gojira. Great band!

  • Andy Smyth
    Andy Smyth 7 місяців тому

    I was working at a college radio station when I got to hear their first EP, "Lifesblood," which has since been re-released as "Call of the Mastodon." I first saw them live during Remission. I love the journey and evolution of the band.
    Definitely in my top 5 favorite bands.

  • Crysta1Pisto1
    Crysta1Pisto1 7 місяців тому +4

    Discovered them about 10 years ago, and instantly fell in love with their sound.

  • Otto Mattix
    Otto Mattix 7 місяців тому +2

    They are sick live. Their albums are all good with enough diversity. Great band.

  • T_WR3Kz
    T_WR3Kz 23 дні тому +1

    The band also had a cameo in the DC movie, Jonah hex. What many don't know, they composed nearly the entire ost for that movie.
    When "the hunter" was released, it didn't leave my car stereo for almost 2 years.
    You're right about the videogames.
    "SplatterHouse" was the best hands down.

  • MudderMilitia
    MudderMilitia 7 місяців тому

    Ive been with them since remission. Had a friend that was going to college in Orlando during their first years and was like "Hey you gotta check out this band I just saw at a small club" Then the only time I saw them live was when they played Crack the Skye in its entirety at the Aragon in Chicago (same show where the live album was recorded)
    Going to see them for my 2nd time in August with Gojira and I can't wait!!!

  • The Angry Chef
    The Angry Chef 18 днів тому

    I heard Toe to Toe's and was blown away, an instant fan. I listened to them for over 20 years but that song made me search their entire catalog and listen to them for days at a time. The lyrics made me feel like they knew what a deal with the devil actually looks like. I worry about them and hope they're okay, it's just that their stories are very vivid and cover a dark subject matter. I just think a night out bowling with Killswitch Engage might perk up their spirits- those guys are super positive.

  • Ygg Studio
    Ygg Studio 7 місяців тому

    Got into them heavy with Blood Mountain. Saw them live three or four times in like 6 years, always amazing, especially the Crack the Skye tour where they double-headlined with Dethklok. Surprised you didn't mention their relationship to Adult Swim, being good ol' Atlanta boys who've collabbed really all over the place. We all know Linoleum Knife from the ATHF movie, right?? Cedric from Mars Volta and Homme from QotSA doing backup vocals on Blood Mountain was a big deal too. For me, the biggest difference between the concept era and what came after is the consistency of each album, for better and worse at once. I think it's a 'higher highs, lower lows' kinda problem. I can listen to Leviathan, Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye straight thru with no skips, but I am not sure how many of those songs individually are superior to The Motherload or Blasteroid. Then again, Blood and Thunder, The Wolf is Loose, Crystal Skull, Oblivion... they never made an album without a skull-crushing single or three.

  • Brian Mohler
    Brian Mohler 7 місяців тому +6

    Tony Hawk's Underground was what introduce me to them, and the cover art for their album Leviathan was a huge influence on my art style back in college. They'll always be one of my all-time favorite bands!

    • FACEL1FT
      FACEL1FT 7 місяців тому

      For me it was “Colony of Birchmen” on the Krunch Radio in Saints Row 2

  • Tyler Craig
    Tyler Craig 7 місяців тому

    I listened to Emperor of Sand again after a couple years and it’s probably one of if not their best. Really great album!!

  • Brandon in Delaware
    Brandon in Delaware 7 місяців тому

    I understand why people might not love The Hunter, but for me, it’s my favorite album by then from beginning to end.

  • Andy Kay
    Andy Kay 7 місяців тому

    Sharing the vocal burden is a smart move - especially as you get older and the voice changes/can become fragile. They manage it so well too. Blood Mountain and Crack The Skye are my favourite albums by them, but there isnt a bad album in their discography imho.

  • Thomas Collette
    Thomas Collette 2 місяці тому

    I've been a die-hard fan since I first heard March of the Fire Ants on XM Liquid Metal.
    It has been an unmitigated joy to follow the trajectory of their musical growth, and I love each album even more than the last. I kind of understand some fans falling off along the way, as their sound has indeed changed from record to record...sometimes significantly. But as I've grown older and gained more experience and more scars, I've always found that Mastodon has grown along with me.
    My only complaint about H&G is that it's searing emotional impact absolutely demands your undivided attention. It's not "riding in the car" music, it's "sit down with a good pair of headphones and devote an hour and a half to it" music.
    I can't fucking WAIT to see what they do next.

  • austinsincethe80s
    austinsincethe80s 7 місяців тому +1

    Love their newer stuff. They really captured the Alice in Chains sound so well.

  • Jessie Garcia
    Jessie Garcia 7 місяців тому +8

    Love this band. Favorite album is Once More ‘Round The Sun.

  • Mark Harrington
    Mark Harrington 7 місяців тому +1

    They're all insanely nice, real dudes. Excited to see what they do next

  • Ben Forman
    Ben Forman 7 місяців тому

    I first heard them when Remission came out. At the time I was fully immersed in the hardcore scene. IE hardcore and only hardcore was what I listening to. They were definitely one of a handful of bands that got me listening to other forms of music again.
    I’ve been onboard up until this last one. This might be kind of harsh, but to me their last album was very “Mastodon by numbers.” To the point that I really think they’ve run their course. Hopefully they surprise me and drop a banger next, but I have a really hard time seeing that happen.

  • ASDF
    ASDF 7 місяців тому

    It took me a while to get Mastadon, but once I did I found them so unique and it was interesting to hear it unfold. It’s like System of a Down uniqueness, sometimes jarring at first but then really tragically beautiful.

  • 1 Progressive Metal Fan
    1 Progressive Metal Fan 7 місяців тому

    Awesome presentation of the Mastodon history, hats off! I found Mastodon, which nowadays have evolved to be my favorite band of all, with The Hunter. Due to the fact, that specific album means the world to me! And I'd say my all time favorite track by Mastodon is on that album. The Sparrow.

  • Chris Alfano
    Chris Alfano 7 місяців тому

    This was a long time coming, but what a great tribute. I'm not at all surprised that it came from you, Finn. Thanks so much for posting.

  • Bony Hawks Toe Skater
    Bony Hawks Toe Skater 7 місяців тому +16

    I’m not wild about Hushed and Grim, but the rest of their discography stands with anybody, IMO. They hit so many different styles with stride and fluidity. To me, Blood Mountain and Crack the Skye are absolute masterpieces. Even with some of their longer songs (as you mentioned), particularly like The Czar, they are so dynamic and musically sound, they don’t even feel like 10 minute songs. Top 3 favorite band for me, and I’m glad you did a video on them. 🤙🏼🔥

    • steve MacDonald
      steve MacDonald 7 місяців тому

      The hunter is their best, no question

    • Alex Brown
      Alex Brown 7 місяців тому

      ​@steve MacDonald I agree, the entire album from start to finish is banger after banger.

  • HylianCrab
    HylianCrab 7 місяців тому

    I happened across Mastodon in 2003/2004 when I went to see Death by Stereo in Philly and these guys were headlining. Been recommending them to folks ever since. My favorite show was their Once more around the sun era when they played with Graveyard and Clutch. Amazing show.

  • Louis Jacques
    Louis Jacques 5 днів тому

    Brann Dailor is the best drummer in modern rock. Crack the Skye and Blood Mountain are two of my absolute favorite albums. They are the 'Mars Volta" of metal.

  • mikedx617x
    mikedx617x 7 місяців тому

    saw them open for some screamo bands, to a crowd of like 25 people, when they were touring on their first ep, lifesblood, in 2001. wild that they are now such a huge band. Brann is a generational talent on the drums.