"Mastodon" is a heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are usually classified as a heavy metal group, but there have been debates on what specific subgenre they belong to. The Encyclopaedia Metallum classifies them as progressive sludge metal, but this is not widely accepted.
There have been comparisons between the group and the metalcore genre, and there is a clear hardcore influence on the band, unsurprisingly as several of its members previously played in hardcore bands. Mastodon's style includes heavy (and sometimes quite complex and technical) guitar riffs, complex, jazz-influenced drumming, odd time signatures, and long, melodic instrumental interludes inspired by the band's love of prog rock.
Mastodon formed in 2000 when Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, former members of both Lethargy and Today is the Day, moved to Atlanta and met Troy Sanders, formerly of Four Hour Fogger and Social Infestation, and Brent Hinds, formerly of Four Hour Fogger and Fiend Without A Face, at a High on Fire show that has been rumored to have taken place in Hinds' basement (which was later proven to be false). They recorded a demo in 2000 which is generally referred to as the "9 Song...
|years active||2000 - present|
|origin||Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state)|
|music genre||Heavy Metal music|
|current members|| Brann Dailor|