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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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Relapse Releases "Patlapse" Compilation Online

Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:

"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"

The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:

"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.

"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.

"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Mastodon Posts Live Footage

Mastodon posted live footage of the song "All the Heavy Lifting" from the band's show at Brixton Academy on February 11, 2012. The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Hunter" (reviewed here). Mastodon is currently touring Europe in support of the album. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

Check out "All the Heavy Lifting" here:

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Mastodon Announces Festival Appearances

Mastodon will hit the road in Europe, performing at festivals, including Pinkpop, Sonisphere, and Nova Rock, as well as headlining shows beginning May 23rd and continuing through the end of June. Mastodon will also perform at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. in August.

Mastodon is touring in support of latest album "The Hunter" (reviewed here), which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics' lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and more.

The band travels to Europe a few days after performing at this year's Rock on the Range Festival on May 20th. Mastodon has been on the road since early April co-headlining a U.S. tour with Swedish metal band Opeth and special guest Ghost that wraps on May 12th with a show in Mastodon's hometown Atlanta at The Masquerade. Upcoming shows are as follows: More...

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Opeth Prolongs “Heritage” in San Antonio

Opeth returned to central Texas for the second time since releasing “Heritage” in the fall of 2011. Prog/tech masters Mastodon and mysterious, occult metallers Ghost supported the Swedish troupe. This performance at San Antonio’s Backstage Live marked my first Opeth concert in nine years. The group has undergone many changes since then—changes of style, personnel and label—but coming into this show I had an overwhelming since of continuation, perhaps a sequel.

“Heritage” is the first Opeth album since “Damnation” comprised entirely of clean vocals. It’s still a heavy album, as was “Damnation,” but without Mikael Åkerfeldt’s bestial roar, Opeth doesn’t climb as high into the emotional stratosphere. Their showcasing of this material led to a performance focused more on melody than ferocity. Some of the buzz around the Internet gave the impression that the band were to play a snoozer. One person even likened their performance to a Lionel Richie show. A similar backlash occurred at the 2003 show with Porcupine Tree. Opeth played the entire “Damnation” album that night and didn’t include a single growled note.

In a Metal Underground interview before the show, drummer Martin Axenrot said the evening would contain some death metal, so it wasn’t quite the prog-only exhibition of 2003. It was a fairly chilled out evening, though. Although Mastodon only occasionally accosted the crowd with hard rock fury, guitar and vocal harmonies induced swaying sing a-longs rather than pits and head banging from the crowd. More...

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Sonisphere Knebworth Is Cancelled

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:

"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.

"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...

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Opeth, Mastodon & Ghost Tour Trailer Posted

The trailer for the highly anticipated "Heritage Hunter Tour" of North America featuring Opeth, Mastodon and Ghost was posted up today. For full dates and venues, head on over to this location.

Check out the trailer here:

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Opeth To Tour With Mastodon And Ghost

Sweden's Opeth has announced the "Heritage Hunter" tour, which will also feature Mastodon and special guest Ghost. Dates are as follows:

04 Apr - Portland, ME @ State Theater**
05 Apr - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater*
06 Apr - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
07 Apr - Toronto, ON @ The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts*
09 Apr - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**
10 Apr - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome**
11 Apr - New York, NY @ Roseland**
13 Apr - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater**
14 Apr - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection**
15 Apr - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
16 Apr - Knoxville, TN @ TN Theater*
18 Apr - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom**
19 Apr - Dallas, TX @ Palladium*
20 Apr - San Antonio @ Back Stage Live*
21 Apr - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street*
23 Apr - Denver, CO @ Fillmore*
25 Apr - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues**
26 Apr - Hollywood, CA @ Gibson*
27 Apr - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre*
28 Apr - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort**
30 Apr - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater*
01 May - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum*
03 May - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Ctr*
04 May - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall**
05 May - Saskatoon @ The Odeon**
06 May - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings*
09 May - Washington DC @ The Fillmore*
10 May - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore**
11 May - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
12 May - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park**

* Denotes Opeth closing show
** Denotes Mastodon closing show

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Mastodon Premieres New Music Video

Atlanta based groove metal band Mastodon premiered its new music video for the song "Dry Bone Valley" on Boing Boing's website today (shown below). The song appears on the band's latest album "The Hunter," which is available now through Reprise Records. The video was directed and animated by Boing Boing's Tim Biskup.

Check out "Dry Bone Valley" here:

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Mastodon Planning Split 7 Inch Release With Feist

Mastodon's Troy Sanders recently spoke with MTV News Canada regarding a pending collaboration with pop/folk artist Feist. You can hear Troy speak on the details of the forthcoming 2012 Record Store Day special release in the video below.

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Mastodon Performance Footage Available

Capital Chaos has posted footage online of Mastodon performing the song "Crystal Skull" at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California last month.

It was also recently announced that Red Fang will be supporting Mastodon an upcoming European winter tour, with full details available at this location.

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Red Fang Announces More Tour Dates With Mastodon

Having just wrapped up a North American run with Mastodon, Red Fang has confirmed that the band will be heading to Europe this Winter with Mastodon. Red Fang will be providing direct support on the tour, which kicks off January 10th in Finland and will conclude February 10th in Birmingham, England.

The band commented on the upcoming run: "The US tour we just did with those guys was one of the best ever so we are thrilled to be continuing this magical journey with Mastodon in Europe!"

The band recently finished work on a new video for the song "Hank Is Dead" with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy. Look for the video to premiere very soon. Stills from the video shoot can be seen here. Red Fang is also streaming Murder The Mountains in its entirety at this location.

Red Fang's upcoming tour dates with Mastodon are as follows: More...

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New Saints Row Game Features Metal Bands

THQ Inc. and Volition, Inc. have now released "Saints Row: The Third" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The launch trailer has also been posted online and can be viewed here.

"There's no way to describe Saints Row: The Third other than pure, over-the-top fun," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "In a sea of games that are doing the same thing over again, it's incredibly refreshing to take Saints Row in a completely new direction, and incredibly satisfying to see the reaction from fans so far. Today, we all embrace the crazy."

The game boasts seven in game radio stations to enjoy while flying and driving through Steelport. Metal Blade Records boasts a huge presence on The Blood, the in-game station featuring an assortment of metal tracks. The complete track listing for the station is below and includes the Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, Between the Buried and Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Job for a Cowboy and Shai Hulud.

After the Burial "Berzerker"
Amon Amarth "Runes To My Memory"
Between the Buried and Me "Obfuscation"
The Black Dahlia Murder "Necropolis"
Black Veil Brides "Perfect Weapon"
Chemlab "Suicide Jag"
The Dillinger Escape Plan "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
Drowning Pool "Feel Like I Do"
Goatwhore "Apocalyptic Havoc"
Job for a Cowboy "Regurgitated Disinformation"
KMFDM "WW III"
Marylin Manson "arma goddamn mother****in geddon"
Mastodon "Divinations"
Miss May I "Apologies Are For The Weak"
Opeth "The Lotus Eater"
Otep "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
Shai Hulud "Misanthropy Pure"
Strapping Young Lad "Love?"
Tugboat "Slow Revolution"
You Love Her Coz She's Dead "Engine Wrecker"

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Mastodon Announces European Tour

Atlanta, Georgia based heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced a string of tour dates to take place in Europe next January in support of the band's most recent studio album, "The Hunter." The group has also posted a trailer online for their U.K. tour which can be seen below.

The tour dates are as follows:

January 11 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
January 12 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus
January 14 - Stockholm, Sweden - The Annex
January 15 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Stage
January 16 - Copenhagen, Denmark - VEGA
January 17 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
January 19 - Brussels, Belgium - Encienne Belgique
January 20 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
January 22 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
January 23 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Slava
January 24 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
January 26 - Milan, Italy - Xtra
January 29 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
January 30 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle/Werk
January 31 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club/Astra
February 2 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik/E-Werk
February 3 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
February 5 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
February 6 - Manchester, UK - Academy
February 7 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
February 9 - Norwich, UK - UEA
February 10 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
February 11 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.

Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."

A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.

Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.

A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...

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Mastodon Announces U.K. Tour Dates In 2012

U.S. Band Mastodon announced tour dates for the United Kingdom in support of the latest LP "The Hunter." Confirmed dates are as follows:

February 5, 2012: O2 Academy Bristol
February 6, 2012: Manchester Academy
February 7, 2012: Glasgow Barrowlands
February 9, 2012: Norwich UEA
February 10, 2012: HMV Institute Birmingham
February 11, 2012: O2 Academy Brixton

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Mastodon Enters Top Ten In U.S. Album Charts

American heavy metal outfit Mastodon has entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the U.S. this week with their sixth studio album, "The Hunter," following it's release on September 27th, where it has has achieved the high position of number ten, becoming the band's highest charting debut position to date. It has also gained other high rankings in the American music charts hitting #2 Hard Music Album, #5 Current Rock Album, #9 Current Digital Album and #9 Top Internet Album.

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Mastodon Performance On Letterman Hits The Web

Mastodon performed new track "Curl Of The Burl" from the latest LP "The Hunter" (reviewed at this location) on the Late Show With David Letterman on October 5, 2011. The performance footage hit the web this morning. Check it out below:

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Mastodon Posts New Video For "Curl Of The Burl"

Mastodon posted a new music video for "Curl of the Burl" which appears on the forthcoming LP "The Hunter." The LP is due to drop on September 27, 2011 through Reprise Records.

Check out the video here:

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Mastodon Posts New Video "About The Hunter, Pt. 1"

Mastodon posted a new video series featuring vocalist/bassit Troy Sanders and drummer Brann Dailor discussing the writing and recording of the forthcoming LP "The Hunter." The album is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011.

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