Mastodon's Brann Dailor & Songs About the Devil

Over seven albums and 18 years, Mastodon has stretched the definition of metal. Co-founder, drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor recently joined Jim and Greg to look back over the band's career. The conversation ranges from forming in Atlanta to coping with personal tragedy through music. They also couldn't resist asking how the heck they wound up as wildlings on Game of Thrones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite songs about the devil.

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Mastodon Based in Atlanta, Mastodon recently won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance and has sometimes been called (in what Jim thinks is a back-handed compliment) "a thinking person's metal band." This week, our hosts sit down with drummer Brann Dailor of Mastodon to talk about musical influences from Black Sabbath to Bowie, lyricwriting, and Game of Thrones. He also talked about the tragic events that brought the band closer together and shaped their musical projects, like watching family members battle cancer (Emperor of Sand) and his own sister's suicide in 1990 (Crack the Skye).


Songs About the Devil

Devil Songs The tale of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads in exchange for his prodigious guitar playing skills is one that dates back to the early 1900s. This inspired an entire new category of tracks: devil songs. Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite tracks that reference the character of "the devil." *Note: Sound Opinions does not endorse the devil or any of his messages.

Featured Songs

  1. Mastodon, Curl of the Burl, The Hunter, Reprise, 2011
  2. Mastodon, Colony of Birchmen, Blood Mountain, Reprise, 2006
  3. Metallica, Seek and Destroy, Kill 'Em All, Blackened, 1983
  4. King Crimson, 21st Century Schizoid Man/Mirrors, In the Court of the Crimson King, EG, 1969
  5. Stevie Wonder, Superstition, Talking Book, Motown, 1972
  6. David Bowie, Look Back In Anger, Lodger, Virgin, 1979
  7. Chet Atkins / Jerry Reed, Jerry's Breakdown, Me & Chet, Eagle Rock, 1972
  8. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance, A Love Supreme, Impulse!/GRP, 1965
  9. Mastodon, Blood and Thunder, Leviathan, Relapse, 2004
  10. Lethargy, Create, It's Hard to Write with a Little Hand, Dirty Girl Music/Endless, 1996
  11. Today Is the Day, In the Eyes of God, In the Eyes of God, Relapse, 1999
  12. High on Fire, 10,000 Years, The Art of Self Defense, Man's Ruin, 2000
  13. Mastodon, March of the Fire Ants, Remission, Relapse, 2002
  14. Mastodon, Octopus Has No Friends, The Hunter, Reprise, 2011
  15. Rush, 2112, 2112, Mercury, 1976
  16. Mastodon, I am Ahab, Leviathan, Relapse, 2004
  17. Mastodon, Creature Lives, The Hunter, Reprise, 2011
  18. Mastodon, Roots Remain, Emperor Of Sand, Reprise, 2017
  19. Mastodon, Crack The Skye, Crack The Skye, Reprise, 2008
  20. Black Sabbath, Electric Funeral, Paranoid, Vertigo, 1970
  21. Isham (Ike) Alexander, Paradiddle, Ten Basic Recommended Rudiments for Percussionist, CD Baby, 2016
  22. Mastodon, Basteroid, The Hunter, Reprise, 2011
  23. Ramin Djawadi, Main Title, Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO Series), Varese Sarabande, 2011
  24. Mastodon, Show Yourself, Emperor Of Sand, Reprise, 2017
  25. The Mountain Goats, The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton, All Hail West Texas, Emperor Jones, 2002
  26. Loretta Lynn, The Devil Gets His Dues, Don‘t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin' on Your Mind), Decca, 1967
  27. Gun, Race With the Devil, Gun, CBS, 1968
  28. Johnny Cash, To Beat the Devil, Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, Columbia, 1970
  29. Gil Scott-Heron, Me and the Devil, I'm New Here, XL, 2010
  30. Falcon Jane, Ginger Ale, Feelin' Freaky, Darling, 2018
  31. ABBA, Ring Ring, Ring Ring, Polar, 1973
  32. Phoebe Bridgers, Smoke Signals, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  33. Aretha Franklin, Precious Memories, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  34. Aretha Franklin, Jump To It, Jump To It, Arista, 1982
  35. Aretha Franklin, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), Aretha, Arista, 1986
  36. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (single), Atlantic, 1967