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Mastodon

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).

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Mastodon Emperor of Sand

The Atlanta metal band Mastodon has just released its seventh album, Emperor of Sand. Like previous Mastodon albums, the album follows a thematic concept. This time it follows the tale of a man sentenced to wander the empty, desolate desert. Greg thinks the thematic elements work well, along with a slightly“pop-ish approach”with a turn towards melodic vocals. In addition to the smooth vocals, Greg believes their integration of different instruments is extremely strong (tubular bells!). He gives it a Buy It. Jim likens Mastodon's sound to mid-period Rush, especially when it comes to their progressive rock sound and detailed lyricism. He thinks it's as good as Mastodon gets and gives Emperor of Sand an enthusiastic Buy It.

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