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Mastodon

Formed: 2000
From: Atlanta, GA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Mastodon News

Below is our complete Mastodon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Yakuza Set Release Date, Post New Track Online

Chicago's Yakuza will release the band's long-awaited new album, "Samsara" on March 21, 2006 through Prosthetic Records. After releasing Way of The Dead in 2002 to critical praise, the band played alongside a list of diverse bands such Opeth, Lacuna Coil, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sonic Youth, and Melt Banana. Now, having recorded 10 new tracks with producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch, Pearl Jam) in 2005 with guests including pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders, Samsara will be the follow-up to hoards of positive press from the last record.

In the meantime, Yakuza has debuted Samsara's lead track, "Cancer of Industry" on the band's MySpace page, and has released the entire tracklist for the record:

1. Cancer of Industry
2. Plecostomus
3. Monkeytail
4. Transmission Ends...Signal Lost
5. Dishonor
6. 20 Bucks
7. Exterminator
8. Just Say Know
9. Glory Hole
10. Back to the Mountain

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Mastodon Set Tentative Title For New Album

According to the new issue of Resound magazine (the free magazine/mail-order catalog of Relapse Records), MASTODON have set "Blood Mountain" as the tentative title of the follow-up to 2004's "Leviathan", due next summer via Warner Bros.

"We want the whole thing to flow together as one big piece of music, where the end of one song links up with the beginning of the next one," MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor recently told Revolver magazine. "We want the whole experience to be like movements in a symphony."

MASTODON started writing new riffs shortly after completing "Leviathan" and came up with a batch of ideas during various tours. But it was during last summer's Ozzfest that they made their greatest creative progress. "You can't really control when the ideas come," said Dailor. "I always have a dictaphone handy, and [singer] Brent [Hines] and [guitarist] Bill [Kelliher] bring acoustic guitars everywhere, and if they come up with something messing around, we'll record it. We always keep our minds open."

By the time MASTODON started rehearsals in mid-October, they had around 10 songs to evaluate and explore. While it's too early to know exactly what the band's next album will sound like, Dailor says it will likely be more progressive and thrashier. "We've been listening to a lot of newer KING CRIMSON and getting off on that," he explained. "But also, we toured with SLAYER and listened to them every night for three months, and that's gotta have some sort of effect."

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High On Fire Plan North American Tour in 2006

HIGH ON FIRE have announced the plans for a full North American headlining tour starting in January. The Decibel Magazine sponsored tour, in support of the band's critically acclaimed album Blessed Black Wings, includes special guests THE BRONX, BIG BUSINESS and labelmates BURIED INSIDE. A complete listing of North American tour dates will be announced shortly.

HIGH ON FIRE will also return to Europe for an appearance at the legendary All Tomorrows Party on invitation from headliners THE MARS VOLTA. The European tour will also encompass headlining shows in France, Spain, and Belgium as well as UK and Greek dates supporting MASTODON.

Additionally, "Devilution," the lead off track from Blessed Black Wings, will appear in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland video game. The video for "Devilution" can be seen on MTV2 and dozens of regional video shows throughout North America.

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High On Fire, Withered Support Mastodon In UK

High On Fire are to join Withered on the bill for Mastodon's upcoming UK tour. The tour dates are:

December 1 - Peterborough Cresset December
December 2 - Glasgow Garage
December 3 - Camber Sands Pontins Holiday camp
December 4 - Swindon Furnace
December 5 - London King's Cross Scala
December 6 - Nottingham Rock City
December 7 - Cardiff Barf ly

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VH1 To Air 'Definitive History' Of Heavy Metal

VH1 has announced plans to launch "VH1 Rock Docs", an all-new slate of high-end feature-length programs in 2006. Each of the docs will reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music, combining never-before-seen footage with a unique and unconventional narrative approach. The documentaries will tell some of the most unique stories of the artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives. The "VH1 Rock Docs" slated for premiere in 2006 include a four-hour definitive history of heavy metal, "The U.S. vs. John Lennon", "The Last Days of Lisa Lopes" and "DMC: The Real Me". Additional documentaries will be announced shortly. A brief synopsis of the heavy metal documentary reads as follows:

"What Ken Burns did for jazz, VH1 does for heavy metal — only a lot louder. This four-part documentary traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture from BLACK SABBATH to WHITE ZOMBIE, from LED ZEP to DEF LEP, from MOTÖRHEAD to MASTODON. In the same vein as VH1's critically acclaimed 2004 hip-hop chronicle, 'And You Don't Stop', this documentary series will use interviews, verite moments and vintage footage to bring metal's history to life, told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades."

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Ozzfest 2005 Comes To an End in West Palm Beach

Well it was one hell of a tour, the 10th annual Ozzfest Summer Amphitheatre Tour came to an end once again in West Palm Beach, FL and I had a chance to be there. For 6 years now I have been planning on going to Ozzfest but for some reason something has always came up and I couldn't go. Last year I had everything lined up to go, and a damn hurricane hit the place. This year I finally lucked out and went to my first Ozzfest. Let me tell you "I have waited for this for a very long time." I loaded up the Tahoe with a couple friends and my wife and we left about 2:00am Saturday morning and drove about 9 1/2 hours from Charleston to West Palm Beach, FL. That was a long drive, I probably should have gone to the one in Charlotte, NC the night before but......."The best one is the last one" that's what I have always been told. More...

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Masters Of Horror Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

On October 18th, Immortal Records will release the Masters Of Horror soundtrack featuring brand new (previously unreleased) tracks from Mudvayne, Shadows Fall, Norma Jean, and Buckethead featuring Serj Tankian. The final track listing is as follows:

CD1
1. Mudvayne - "Small Silhouette"
2. Norma Jean - "ShaunLuu"
3. It Dies Today -"Enjoy The Silence"
4. Funeral For A Friend - "Lazarus (In The Wilderness)"
5. Andrew WK - "You Will Remember Tonight"
6. Armor For Sleep - "Very Invisible"
7. Scary Kids Scaring Kids - "What's Up Now"
8. Shadowsfall - "This Is My Own"
9. The Bled - "Nervous Breakdown"
10. Murder By Death - "End Of The Road"
11. Thursday - "Division St" (acoustic)
12. Bloodsimple - "Overload"
13. Mastodon - "Megalodon" (live)
14. Death By Stereo - "Bottled Up"
15. Fall River - "At Least You Bought Her Flowers"

CD2
1. Buckethead feat. Serj Tankian - "We Are One"
2. Rise Against - "Obstructed"
3. The Bronx - "Bats!"
4. From Autumn To Ashes - "Betwixt Her Getaway Sticks"
5. Every Time I Die - "Keith The Music"
6. Matchbook Romance - "In Transit (For You)"
7. Bedlight For Blue Eyes - "Hindsight"
8. Alkaline Trio - "We Can Never Break Up"
9. Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast and the Harlot" (live)
10. In Flames - "Discover Me Like Emptiness"
11. A Change Of Pace - "The Thin Red Line"
12. Bear Vs Shark - "Victoria Iceberg"
13. Gratitude - "If Ever" (acoustic)
14. Fear Before The March Of Flames - "237"
15. Yesterday's Rising - "Contrast of Light and Dark"

For more information and to hear some of the tracks from the soundtrack, you can check out the new Masters Of Horror ecard here.

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Motley Crue, SOAD, Slipknot, Mudvayne Show Numbers

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine:

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
City/State: Bristow, Va.
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 10,336
Capacity: 22,667

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center
City/State: Holmdel, N.J.
Date: Aug. 14, 2005
Attendance: 16,203
Capacity: 16,944

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
City/State: Wantagh, N.Y.
Date: Aug. 16, 2005
Attendance: 13,281
Capacity: 13,855

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: New England Dodge Music Center
City/State: Hartford, Conn.
Date: Aug. 20, 2005
Attendance: 9,918
Capacity: 24,212

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena
City/State: Manchester, N.H.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 7,565
Capacity: 8,469

Artist/Event: MÖTLEY CRÜE, SUM 41, THE EXIES, SILVERTIDE
Venue: DTE Energy Music Center
City/State: Clarkston, Mich.
Date: Aug. 24, 2005
Attendance: 15,663
Capacity: 15,663

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
City/State: The Woodlands, Texas
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 11,600
Capacity: 15,809

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena
City/State: East Rutherford, N.J.
Date: Aug. 23, 2005
Attendance: 16,209
Capacity: 17,417

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: Hampton Coliseum
City/State: Hampton, Va.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 5,928
Capacity: 11,699

Artist/Event: SYSTEM OF A DOWN, THE MARS VOLTA, BAD ACID TRIP
Venue: 1st Mariner Arena
City/State: Baltimore, Md.
Date: Aug. 22, 2005
Attendance: 6,644
Capacity: 12,758

Artist/Event: MUSHROOMHEAD, DOPE, PITBULL DAYCARE, NOCTURNE
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 28, 2005
Attendance: 314
Capacity: 1,800

Artist/Event: MUDVAYNE, SHADOWS FALL, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 17, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

Artist/Event: ROB ZOMBIE, MASTODON
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 19, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

Artist/Event: SLIPKNOT, ARCH ENEMY, DEVILDRIVER
Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 21-22, 2005
Attendance: 3,600
Capacity: 3,600

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Mastodon Heading Overseas For Next Tour

Mastodon will be heading overseas for some dates in December, here's the schedule:
December 01st Peterborough, UK - The Cresset
December 02nd Glasgow, UK - Garage
December 03rd Camber Sands, UK - Pontins Holiday Camp
December 04th Swindon, UK - The Furnace
December 05th London, UK - Scala
December 06th Nottingham, UK - Rock City/The Rig
December 07th Cardiff, UK - Barfly
December 09th Athens, GRE - Gagarin

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Ozzfest Report from July 24 in Bristow, VA

I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.

While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...

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Mastodon To Miss Detroit Ozzfest

Due to a family emergency, MASTODON will not be performing at the Detroit Ozzfest this Thursday, August 4. The band will return for the Ozzfest shows this weekend.

As previously reported, MASTODON, A DOZEN FURIES and IT DIES TODAY will be the featured guests on the special "Ozzfest Second Stage" edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, August 8. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625).

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Mastodon, A Dozen Furies, IDT On Rockline

MASTODON, A DOZEN FURIES and IT DIES TODAY will be the featured guests on the special "Ozzfest Second Stage" edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, August 8. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.

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Set Times For First 2 Ozzfest 2005 Dates Revealed

The set times for the first two Ozzfest dates have been officially released. They are as follows:

July 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts:

Second Stage:

WICKED WISDOM - 9:10-9:30am
GIZMACHI - 9:35-9:55am
SOILWORK - 10:00-10:20am
IT DIES TODAY - 10:25-10:45am
ARCH ENEMY - 10:50-11:10am
TRIVIUM - 11:15-11:35am
THE BLACK DALIA MURDER - 11:40am-12:00pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 12:05-12:35pm
MASTODON - 12:40-1:10pm
THE HAUNTED - 1:15-1:35pm
BURY YOUR DEAD - 1:40-2:00pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:05-2:35pm
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:40-3:20pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05-5:45pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55-6:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45-7:35pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:00-9:10pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30-11:00pm

July 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center:

Second Stage:

BURY YOUR DEAD - 9:20am
WICKED WISDOM - 9:45am
GIZMACHI - 10:10am
SOILWORK - 10:35am
IT DIES TODAY - 11:00am
ARCH ENEMY - 11:25am
TRIVIUM - 11:50am
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - 12:15pm
THE HAUNTED - 12:40pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 1:05pm
MASTODON - 1:40pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:15pm
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:50pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:45pm

Main Stage:

IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30pm

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First "Off-Fest" Tour Dates Announced

An off-fest show with Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, The Haunted, and A Dozen Furies has been confirmed for July 17th in Burlington, VT at the Higher Ground Ballroom. More off-fest dates are as follows:

Shadows Fall - Opening bands for these dates are still to be announced:

July 22 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
September 1 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

Killswitch Engage with Soilwork and As I Lay Dying :

July 20 - State College, PA @ Crowbar
July 22 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall

In Flames with Arch Enemy: TBA

Rob Zombie with Mastodon:

August 21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Iron Maiden with Mastodon:

July 16 - Quebec City, QUE @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
August 3 - Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre

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Gizmachi Confirmed For Ozzfest 2005 Second Stage

upstate New York's GIZMACHI have now officially filled one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest.

GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn Crahan (who also founded Big Orange Clown Records), engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. GIZMACHI is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.

The band filmed the video for their first single, "The Answer", in February in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, EVERY TIME I DIE).

Ozzfest 2005 billing is now shaping up as follows: More...

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Mastodon Video Now Online

Mastodon`s new video which accompanies their track “Blood and Thunder” has at long last made its way online. You can view it here.

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Dragonforce
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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Mastodon Sign With Warner Bros.

Mastodon, who've been wined and dined by countless majors since Leviathan was released in August, have become the latest metal act to board the corporate ship. According to a Warner Bros. source, the Atlanta quartet has left its longtime home at Relapse. The source said the deal was finalized two weeks ago.

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Evergrey, Mastodon On Gods Of Metal 2005 Fest

Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:

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Official Ozzfest 2005 Dates And Lineup Revealed

It's big. It's bad. And it's back for more. Got a problem with that?

Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit 26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of rock's rising stars, including AS I LAY DYING, MASTODON, THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK, TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, A DOZEN FURIES and more.

"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne. "Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate both in the choice of songs and in the production values."

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