Atlanta's Mastodon are one of the most original and influential American metal bands to appear in the 21st century. Their wide-angle progressive approach encompasses stoner and sludge metal, punishing hardcore and metalcore, neo-psych, death metal, and more. The group's playing style incorporates technically complex guitar riffs, lyric hooks, long, melodic instrumental passages, and intricate, jazz-influenced drumming with syncopated time signatures. Their second album, 2004's Leviathan, was a concept offering based on Moby Dick, Herman Melville's iconic novel of whaling and obsession, and became the band's commercial breakthrough. The record is regarded critically as one of the most important albums in genre history. 2011's conceptual The Hunter reflected the band's embrace of prog; it channeled disparate influences ranging from King ...
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