astodon'sthird album and major-label debut, theMatt Bayles-producedBlood Mountainisn't just an unconventional breakthrough that garnered the attention of nearly every major international music critic, press outlet, and curious listener in 2006; it's surreal, progressive, and unrepentantly heavy, shot through with peerless technicality and blinding imagination
Coming on the heels of albums based around water and fire,Blood Mountaindraws inspiration from the Earth, and finds the members matching the visual narratives with pioneering arrangements and compelling melodies that reinforce the record's themes.Mastodoncombines thrash, doom, prog, and psychedelic styles to concoct a unique, utterly original musical statement that is simultaneously entrancing, accessible, and devastating.
Call of the Mastodon, a 2006 collection of Mastodon'sfirst-ever forays into the recording studio, exposes the humble beginnings of hard rock's heaviest hitters. The nine tracks laid to tape here, the first the fledgling quartet had ever written, document a band finding its own voice and place in the musical world. The compilation collects all of the band's earliest material including demo material, 2001's Slick Leg 7", and 2001's Lifesblood EP. Call of the Mastodon is a vital piece of heavy metal history and the crucial starting point in the still burgeoning Mastodon legacy.