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Mastodon simplify the heavy subject matter

Viewed from the outside, heavy metal has always appeared unnecessarily negative, obsessed with morbid imagery and anti-social attitudes.
Positive gains
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 18, 2011

Dear ‘girlfriend metal’: Fuck you and the Facebook page you rode in on

I had no idea that the term "girlfriend metal" was used anywhere outside my immediate circle of snarky, elitist Brooklyn-based friends.
Take this genre and shove it
By KIM KELLY  |  August 26, 2011

Mastodon + WarAnimal at Port City Music Hall

The Portland darkness contingent needs no warning, but the mighty Mastodon, arguably the biggest metal band in America, strut their tusks tonight at Port City...
By webteam  |  September 15, 2010

Into the weird

No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to pro
Welcome to our many small worlds
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 05, 2010

Molten metal

Let’s cut to the chase — metal is back. And not just as a popular musical style, but as a subculture, freely seeping into the mainstream in a variety of strange ways, from the bullet belts you see on a dance floor to the devil horns being thrown by every
Expanding definitions at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 23, 2010


Dethklok: Even Better Than The Real Thing

Heavy metal’s primary contradiction: given a fanbase that is often concerned with detecting what is and isn't "real" metal, so much of what constitutes "real" "metal" is made up of 100-percent pure fantasy.
With Mastodon, Converge, and High on Fire, live at the House of Blues, October 28, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 30, 2009

Photos: Mastodon at House of Blues

Photos of Mastodon on tour for their new album, Crack the Skye
Mastodon, live at House of Blues, on October 28, 2009
By CATHERINE LEE  |  October 30, 2009
PODCAST: Dethklok foe Malcolm McDowell speaks [MP3]

PODCAST: Dethklok foe Malcolm McDowell speaks [MP3]

Malcolm McDowell at Rock & Shock 2009Starting tomorrow, metal worshipers will be descending on the House of Blues for two nights of "mind-throttling chasm-fording riff...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 26, 2009

Life in Ruin

Recently, Bull Moose wondered "aloud" (via Facebook) about the future of metal.
The crushing metal of Human Moral Deception
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 23, 2009

Brute forces

When you get down to it, most music is an attempt to create auditory allegories for our life experiences, whether they’re joyous Maypole dervishes or nightmarish St. Vitus’ dances of doom.
Mastodon, High on Fire, and Dethklok lead metal’s latest charge
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2009


An unstoppable force

Appreciation of Converge is one of those things that comes after you stop trying too hard, like driving stick without stalling at the red lights.
This time is (once again) right for Converge
By MATT PARISH  |  October 16, 2009
Heaviest tour ever: Dethklok. Mastodon. High on Fire. Converge. Coming Fall 2009.

Heaviest tour ever: Dethklok. Mastodon. High on Fire. Converge. Coming Fall 2009.

 Holy fuck. This is some "had a dream last night that they put this crazy tour together" type shit. Since all the great metal tour names...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 04, 2009

New Videos from Grizzly Bear, Matt & Kim, Amazing Baby and Mastodon

  Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Video)   Matt & Kim – Daylight (Video) &nb...
By Paul Driscoll  |  June 18, 2009

Beauty in the beast

My Zen moment with Mastodon hit at about the point where the maelstrom of "The Czar, pt. I: Usurper" receded only to be replaced with the falling-down-stairs drum battery and faux Southern-rock riff twang and intentional pick squeals of "The Czar, pt.
Mastodon, live at the Boston House of Blues, May 7, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 15, 2009

VIDEO: Mastodon live at House of Blues

We'll have much more on last night's epic Mastodon show very soon. For now, enjoy video of them doin...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 08, 2009

Things are happening tonight

You may have noticed, had you checked our Editors' Picks section, that there are quite a few things going on this evening. After the jump, some visual aids for help in your decision-making process.

By Ryan Stewart  |  May 07, 2009



Perhaps Mastodon’s fondness for head banging stems from a desire to knock clarity into brains weighed down by heavy thoughts of tsarist Russia, wormhole theory,...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 06, 2009

Guitar Hero: Metallica

At long last, it seems that Guitar Hero has reached a state of equilibrium.
A triumphant return to form
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 17, 2009

Mastodon | Crack in the Skye

"Mastodon are a full-on metal band for people who think they're too cool to like metal," writes Will Hermes in his four-star Rolling Stone review of the latest from these veteran Atlanta bone crushers.
Reprise (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 30, 2009