Mastodon

Mastodon
Played at Graspop Metal Meeting 2003 / 2005 / 2007 / 2009 / 2011 / 2014 / 2017
Genre

Progressive

Country

United States

Biography

Rolling Stone magazine labelled them ‘the best metal band of their generation’. Fact is that the guys from Mastodon always make an impression, frequently surprise and never disappoint. Mastodon are a very versatile band, integrating numerous heavy genres in their songs including sludge, stoner, alternative metal, progressive metal, heavy metal and more. As a result they are impossible to pin down but the music of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor is invariably complex, engaging and creative. Formed in 2000, the band’s 2002 debut ‘Remission’ made an immediate impact and the following year they became an instant crowd favourite on their GMM debut. The power of Mastodon lies not just in the surprising and many-layered compositions. Incessant touring has woven the band into a tightly-knit unit but more than anything else it’s their incredible musicianship that continues to wow crowds around the globe. Mastodon are currently working on the follow-up to the popular ‘Once More ‘round the Sun’ (2014). By the time GMM rolls around we’ll know whether the rumours about a spring release for the new album are true. (#GMM17)