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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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Mastodon's 'Capillarian Crest' Video Available

MASTODON have posted a promo video of the song 'Capillarian Crest' shot on July 13th at GM Place in Vancouver, BC during the Unholy Alliance tour. To view head here:

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The track will be released as a UK Single soon. 'Capillarian Crest' is taken from Mastodon's new album, Blood Mountain, due out September 12th.

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Totimoshi, Bronx, Mastodon, Oxbow Tour Dates

San Francisco-based punk/metal trio Totimoshi have announced plans to release their new full length, Ladron on October 24th, 2006 via Crucial Blast Records. The band has earned comparisons to the Melvins, Oxbow, the Meat Puppets and early Sub Pop proto-grunge acts. The band will be supporting the record on a Fall/Winter tour, which will include dates with The Bronx, Mastodon, Oxbow and Genghin Tron.

The currently confirmed tour dates follow:

August 18, 2006 San Francisco, CA @ Annie's Social Club w/ Year Long Disaster + Gracyon
August 19, 2006 Sacramento, CA @ Fool's Foundation
September 2, 2006 Oakland, CA @ Uptown w/ Flametal + Madras
September 8, 2006 Oakland, CA @ Stork Club w/ Genghis Tron + Oxbow
September 14, 2006 Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sam's w/ Suplecs + Sasquach
September 15, 2006 Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar w/ Suplecs
September 16, 2006 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Suplecs
September 17, 2006 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
October 3, 2006 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom w/ Mastodon + the Bronx
October 4, 2006 Austin, TX @ Emo's w/ Mastodon + the Bronx
October 5, 2006 Houston, TX @ Meridian w/ Mastodon + Bronx
October 7, 2006 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ Mastodon + the Bronx
October 13, 2006 Denver, CO @ 15th Street Tavern w/ Year Long Disaster
October 14, 2006 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot w/ Year Long Disaster
October 15, 2006 Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's Tavern w/ Year Long Disaster
October 19, 2006 Austin, TX @ Emo's w/ Year Long Disaster, Suplecs
October 20, 2006 San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary (Doom to Fall Fest)
October 21, 2006 Houston, TX @ Meridian w/ Year Long Disaster, Suplecs
October 22, 2006 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's w/ Year Long Disaster, Suplecs
October 23, 2006 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe w/ Year Long Disaster
October 24, 2006 Cape Girardeau, MO @ Port Cape w/ Year Long Disaster
October 25, 2006 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree w/ Year Long Disaster
October 26, 2006 Atlanta, GA @ Star Bar w/ Year Long Disaster
October 27, 2006 Chapel Hill, NC @ Wetlands w/ Year Long Disaster + Throttlerod
October 28, 2006 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern w/ Year Long Disaster, Throttlerod
October 29, 2006 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone w/ Year Long Disaster, Throttlerod
October 30, 2006 Charleston, WV @ Empty Glass Cafe w/ Year Long Disaster, Throttlerod
October 31, 2006 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland w/ Year Long Disaster, Throttlerod
November 1, 2006 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club w/ Year Long Disaster
November 2, 2006 New York City, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Blue Cheer (CMJ)
November 3, 2006 West Chester, PA @ Rex's
November 4, 2006 Allston, MA @ O'Brien's w/ Year Long Disaster
November 5, 2006 Reading, PA @ the Silo w/ Year Long Disaster
November 7, 2006 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Year Long Disaster
November 8, 2006 Lansing, MI @ Mac's w/ Year Long Disaster
November 9, 2006 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Green Milk from the Planet Orange, YLD, the Mall
December 10, 2006 London, UK @ Club Monsta Gonga

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New Mastodon E-Card Available Online

A new MASTODON e-card, featuring live performances of "Crystal Skull", "Capillarian Crest" and "Blood and Thunder" (recorded on the recently completed Unholy Alliance Tour), can be accessed at this location.

MASTODON"Blood Mountain", is scheduled for release on September 12 via the band's new label, Warner Bros. A limited edition seven-inch single containing "Crystal Skull" was released through Relapse Records on Tuesday, August 8. More information can be found at this location. The album's cover artwork can be viewed at this location.

"Blood Mountain" was recorded with Seattle-based producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, HORSE THE BAND). The CD was mixed in New York by Rich Costey (AUDIOSLAVE, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE).

MASTODON will be embark on a headlining tour in September, with CONVERGE and THE BRONX as the support acts. A poster for the tour can be found at this location.

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Mastodon Posts Another New Video Online

In addition to filming a video for their track "The Wolf Is Loose", Mastodon also recently filmed a video for "Colony Of Birchmen", a song which will serve as the eventual second single from their upcoming new album, "Blood Mountain". Director Jonathan Rej (Further Seems Forever, Stretch Armstrong) helmed both shoots. More info on the videos treatments, plus the bands reaction to the recent leaking of their new album can be found here. "Blood Mountain" is due in stores on September 12th through Warner.

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Mastodon, Seemless & Others To Be On Saints Row

Mastodon, Seemless, The Fall Of Troy, Jane's Addiction and Codeseven are among the many artists who will be featured on the in-game soundtrack to the new Xbox 360 video game "Saints Row". You can find a full listing here. The game itself is slated for an August 29th release date

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New Mastodon Video For 'Crystal Skull' Online

Check out the new killer Mastodon video online, the track is called "Crystal Skull." and is the first single off Blood Mountain, coming 9/12.

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Mastodon's Blood Mountain Tracklisting Revealed

The tentative final track listing for Mastodon's new album "Blood Mountain" has been revealed and is as follows:

01 - "The Wolf Is Loose"
02 - "Crystal Skull" (Feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
03 - "The Sleeping Giant"
04 - "Capillarian Crest"
05 - "Circle Of The Cysquatch"
06 - "Bladecatcher"
07 - "The Colony Of Birchmen" (Feat. Joshua Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age)
08 - "Hunters Of The Sky"
09 - "Hand Of Stone"
10 - "This Mortal Soil"
11 - "The Siberian Divide" (Feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta)
12 - "Pendulous Skin"

The album will see a September 12th release date through Warner.

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New Live Mastodon Video

Check out the new live video of “Capillarian Crest” off Mastodon’s new album Blood Mountain, out 9/12.
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This is a promo video shot on 7/13/2006 from the GM Place in Vancouver, BC CANADA during the Unholy Alliance tour. Be sure to tune into MTV2 this Saturday August 5th @ 11:30pm-Midnight Eastern For the "The Unholy Alliance Tour Special."

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Mastodon Puts First Single and Bonus Track Online

Mastodon have tapped the track "The Wolf Is Loose" to serve as the first single from their upcoming new album "Blood Mountain". The band will be filming a video for the song within the next week and expect to have it available for viewing online in early September. "Blood Mountain" is due in stores on September 12th through Warner, while two tracks from it are available online here.

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Mastodon Posts Second Making Of Album Session

Atlanta's MASTODON has posted the second exclusive video clip featuring commentary and footage revealing the making of its upcoming album, "Blood Mountain". Check out the second "episode" at this location.

As previously reported, a brand new MASTODON track, entitled "Crystal Skull", has been posted online on the band's official MySpace page. The song, which features guest vocals by Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS, will be included on the band's upcoming third album, "Blood Mountain", due on September 12 via the band's new label, Warner Bros. A limited edition seven-inch single containing "Crystal Skull" will be released through Relapse Records on August 8. More information can be found at this location.

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Slayer and Mastodon To Do Next MySpace Secret Show

SLAYER and MASTODON will be playing the next MySpace secret show, July 25th at In the Venue in Salt Like City. Check out the poster here.

For more info, check out http://www.myspace.com/secretshows

SLAYER will release Christ Illusion, featuring the single "Cult" on August 8 and MASTODON's Blood Mountain will follow on September 12

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Mastodon Announce More Headlining Dates

Atlanta's MASTODON will be embark on a headlining tour in September, with CONVERGE and THE BRONX as the support acts. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live
Sep. 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
Sep. 08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sep. 09 - Worcester, MA Palladium
Sep. 10 – Montreal, QUE @ Spectrum
Sep. 12 – Toronto, ONT Phoenix Theater
Sep. 13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Sep. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
Sep. 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Sep. 18 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
Sep. 19 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
Sep. 21 – Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
Sep. 22 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Sep. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Sep. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Sep. 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Sep. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda
Sep. 30 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Oct. 03 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom*
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX @ Emo's*
Oct. 05 - Houston, TX @ Meridian*
Oct. 07 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*

*w/ THE BRONX only

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Mastodon Adds Video Of New Albums Recordings

Mastodon have launched the first in a series of episodes which chronicle the making of their upcoming new album "Blood Mountain", you can check it out here. A new episode is expected to be posted each Wednesday leading up to the albums September 12th release date through Warner.

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Mastodon Post New Song Online

A brand new MASTODON track, entitled "Crystal Skull", has been posted online on the band's official MySpace page. The song, which features guest vocals by Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS, will be included on the band's upcoming third album, "Blood Mountain", due on September 12 via the band's new label, Warner Bros. A limited edition seven-inch single containing "Crystal Skull" will be released through Relapse Records on August 8. More information can be found at this location. The album's cover artwork was posted online on the band's official web site as an interactive puzzle, where the pieces must be dragged and dropped to create the cover. Check it out here.

"Blood Mountain" was recorded with Seattle-based producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, HORSE THE BAND). The CD was mixed in New York by Rich Costey (AUDIOSLAVE, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE). Other songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2004's "Leviathan" include "Circle of Cysquatch", "Hunters of the Sky", "The Sleeping Giant", "Bladecatcher", "The Colony of Birchmen", "Pendulous Skin", "The Siberian Divide", "Capillarian Crest", "Hand of Stone", "The Wolf Is Loose" and "This Mortal Soil".

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Mastodon Updates That "Blood Mountain Is Done!"

In a posting at their MySpace page, US metallers MASTODON have announced that their new album "Blood Mountain is done! Album is done and new www.mastodonrocks.com website coming really soon with all sorts of cool new things. The tour is going great, hope to see all of you out here, we're playing a few new songs come check it out."

The band have also posted the cover artwork as a puzzle here. The band add: "You really thought we were going to show you without you having to work? Like grandpappy once said nothing good comes easy. Solve the puzzle to see the artwork for Blood Mountain. Available summer 2006 (via Warner Bros.)."

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Metal, Hardcore Bands Confirmed for Reading Fest

A host of hardcore and metal acts have been confirmed for the Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer in the UK. The event will take place on August 25th, 26th, and 27th. Performing along with such large acts as Pearl Jam, Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Artic Monkeys will be:

Slayer
Killswitch Engage
Bullet For My Valentine
Mastodon
Sick Of It All
Rise Against
Boy Sets Fire
Bleeding Through
Municipal Waste
Alexisonfire
The Bled

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Unholy Alliance Tour Pushed Back To June 15

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," has confirmed that the tour will kick off on June 15 in Camden, NJ and not in Peoria, IL on June 10 as had been previously announced.

The rescheduling is due to Slayer's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gall bladder surgery which successfully took place earlier this month.

"We wanted to give Tom an extra few days to make sure that he's at 100% before he puts one foot on the road," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales. We apologise for any confusion that this has caused, but Tom and the band want the fans to get the best Slayer shows possible."

The St. Louis date, originally scheduled for June 12, has been moved to June 21; Chicago, originally set for June 13, is now scheduled for June 20. The entire itinerary for Slayer's ""Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine
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"Heavy Metal Thunder" Book To Hit Stores June 1

MTV.com reports:

A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.

According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.

"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."

The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.

"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."

Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."

One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."

Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.

But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."

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Unholy Alliance Tour Delayed, More Slayer News

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed, and originally slated to launch on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA will now kick off on June 10 at the East Peoria Convention Center in Peoria, IL.

Postponed and rescheduled shows are:

San Diego, CA - originally June 6 at the Sports Arena, now rescheduled for July 20 at the Sports Arena
Las Vegas, NV - originally June 7 at The Orleans, now rescheduled for July 24 at The Orleans
Denver, CO - originally June 9 at the Fillmore Auditorium, now rescheduled for July 26 at the Fillmore Auditorium

In addition, two sold-out "warm up" dates - June 2 at New Oasis in Reno, NV, and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA - will be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July.

Tickets purchased for all postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled concerts.

The postponement of the tour's start date is due to Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gallbladder surgery which successfully took place late last week. Araya is doing fine, recuperating at home.

With the tour's kick off now June 10, Six-Six-O-Six will still be a special day for Slayer fans. On that day, Slayer will release "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.

The members of Slayer - Araya, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and drummer Dave Lombardo - are in the final stages of completing their new album, Slayer's first new studio album since Lombardo rejoined the band in 2003. The new album is being produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings.

Titles for some of the album's new songs include "Cult," "Consfearcy," "Eyes of the Insane," and "Jihad." In a recent interview with MTV, Araya said about the new album, "It's fast - maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."

Confirmed tour dates for the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows: More...

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Enter To Win Alexi Laiho ESP Guitar

You can win an exclusive ESP/LTD Signature Series Alexi Laiho guitar. This guitar is custom-designed by Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom. You've heard it all over COB's latest album, "Are You Dead Yet?" For more information and how to enter the competition, visit KNAC.COM.

Children of Bodom will be joining Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed on the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour.Tour dates are as follows: More...

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