歌曲“ Birchmen的殖民地，从乐队的第三张专辑”（2006年发布），血芒，被提名为格莱美奖的最佳的金属表现在2007年血芒在2009年，随后裂缝斯凯通过，并在2011年的猎人（Hunter）在Billboard 200排行榜上排名第10 位，并在美国取得了重大商业成功。猎人演唱的歌曲“ Curl of the Burl ” 在2012年获得格莱美最佳硬摇滚/金属演奏奖提名。Mastodon 2014年专辑《Once More’Round the Sun》，在Billboard 200排行榜上排名第六，并以该乐队的第三首格莱美提名歌曲“ High Road ”为特色。乐队的第七张专辑《Emperor of Sand》于2017年3月31日发行，其中包含乐队迄今为止商业上最成功的歌曲“ Show Yourself ”，该歌曲于2017年6月在美国Billboard 主流摇滚歌曲排行榜上排名第四。后续单曲“ Steambreather ”在2017年10月的同一张榜单上排名第18位。专辑的开场曲“ Sultan’s Curse”赢得了乐队的第一座格莱美奖。沙皇是乐队的第一张获得格莱美奖提名的专辑；它被提名最佳摇滚专辑。
乳齿象已被描述为一个重金属带，随着更具体的种，如进行性金属，污泥金属，替代金属，斯托纳·洛克，迷幻金属，实验金属和凹槽金属。AllMusic的詹姆斯·克里斯托弗·蒙格（James Christopher Monger ）将Mastodon描述为“最著名的人之一新一波的美国重金属音乐，在90年代中期产生了一种流派。它说：“马斯托登（Mastodon）先进的金属，grindcore和hardcore的创新，抒情的精巧组合使乐队成为了早期早期杰出的金属音乐之一21世纪。”
Mastodon的音乐风格从最早的Re- release发行到The Hunter都有了很大的发展。他们的早期作品比后来的作品要重得多，也更累人，主要或完全使用苛刻的人声，更失真的乐器和更不典型的歌曲结构。这在他们最早的工作中尤为突出。Mastodon发行了第三张录音室专辑《Blood Mountain》，其中融合了干净利落的人声，标志着人声风格的转变，随后的专辑几乎都偏爱干净的人声。
血山（ Blood Mountain）是关于一个正在寻找“水晶头骨”（Crystal Skull）的人的，该头骨位于“血山”（Blood Mountain）的顶部。贝斯手特洛伊·桑德斯（ Troy Sanders）表示：“这是关于爬上一座山，以及当您被困在山上，在树林里迷路时可能会发生的各种事情。您正在挨饿，产生幻觉，陷入困境奇怪的生物。您正在被追捕。这就是整个斗争。”
破解Skye涉及许多不同主题。标题以及抒情内容是对十四岁鼓手 Brann Dailor自杀的妹妹Skye的致敬。专辑中涉及的主题包括“黑魔法（k），星际旅行和拉斯普京在沙皇俄国的倒台中的作用”。
Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (lead guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals). Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases. The band’s 2002 debut album, Remission, garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Mastodon’s second full-length release, Leviathan, is a concept album based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer.
The song “Colony of Birchmen” from the band’s third album (released in 2006), Blood Mountain, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2007. Blood Mountain was followed in 2009 by Crack the Skye, and in 2011 by The Hunter, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved major commercial success in the United States. The Hunter features the song “Curl of the Burl”, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2012. Mastodon’s 2014 album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the band’s third Grammy-nominated song, “High Road”. The band’s seventh album, Emperor of Sand, was released on March 31, 2017, and features the band’s most commercially successful song to date, “Show Yourself”, which peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in June 2017. The followup single, “Steambreather”, peaked at number 18 on the same chart in October 2017. The album’s opening track, “Sultan’s Curse”, earned the band their first Grammy award. Emperor of Sand was the band’s first album to receive a Grammy nomination; it was nominated for Best Rock Album.
Mastodon has been described as a heavy metal band, along with more specific genres such as progressive metal, sludge metal, alternative metal, stoner rock, psychedelic metal, experimental metal, and groove metal. James Christopher Monger of AllMusic describes Mastodon as “one of the more notable new wave of American heavy metal acts, a genre spawned in the mid-’90s” and says that “Mastodon’s innovative, lyrically astute blend of progressive metal, grindcore, and hardcore helped position the band as one of the preeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.”
Bassist Troy Sanders stated about their musical style:
We don’t consider ourselves a metal band. We recognize there is a lot of metal in us, but we also want to believe we have a lot of rock ‘n’ roll in us, and we have a lot of progressive rock in us, we have bits and pieces of thrash and punk, and psychedelic-ness sprinkled throughout. A lot of times for me personally, just having the metal tag itself seems kind of limiting on us because we have such an appreciation for all styles of music and we like to incorporate bits and pieces of those into our songs. But we also recognize all the different subgenres and the millions of times people say, “Oh, what do they sound like?” and you say something, I understand that. But, it doesn’t affect how we create anything at all.
Scott Kelly of Neurosis has appeared to perform guest vocals on a track on every Mastodon album excluding Remission.
Mastodon’s musical style has evolved much from their earliest pre-Remission releases to The Hunter. Their early work is significantly heavier and more abrasive than their later work, primarily or exclusively using harsh vocals, more distorted instruments, and more atypical song structures; this is especially prominent in their earliest work. The release of Mastodon’s third studio album, Blood Mountain, which incorporates both clean and harsh vocals, marked a shift in the vocal styles used, with subsequent albums favouring clean vocals almost exclusively.
Over its first four albums, Mastodon had specific concepts in mind, specifically the classical elements of fire, water, earth, and aether.
Remission does not deal with a particular theme but it is loosely based on the theme of fire. Songs like “Crusher Destroyer”, “Where Strides the Behemoth” and “Ol’e Nessie” deal with the theme of fictional creatures.
Leviathan is about the novel Moby-Dick. It centers around the main characters and their thoughts during the story.
Blood Mountain is about a man who is searching for the “Crystal Skull”, which is on top of the “Blood Mountain”. According to bassist Troy Sanders, “It’s about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you’re stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you’re lost. You’re starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You’re being hunted. It’s about that whole struggle.”
Crack the Skye deals with many different themes. The title, as well as some lyrical content, is a tribute to Skye, the younger sister of drummer Brann Dailor, who committed suicide at the age of fourteen. Themes touched on within the album include “dark magic(k), astral travelling and the role of Rasputin in the downfall of Czarist Russia”.
The Hunter does not deal with an entire concept like their earlier work. The title is a tribute to Hinds’ brother, Brad Hinds, who died of a heart attack on December 4, 2010 while hunting.
Once More ‘Round the Sun, like its predecessor, is not a concept album. It features themes such as relationships, struggles and hardships. The album was based on the various events that took place in each band member’s lives the year before the album release.
Emperor of Sand mainly deals with the themes of death and survival and is about a desert wanderer faced with a death sentence. The lyrics were inspired by the friends and family members of the band who were diagnosed with cancer.
2001 – Lifesblood
2002 – Remission (2008, Japan)
2003 – March Of The Fire Ants
2004 – Leviathan (2008, Japan)
2006 – Blood Mountain (Japanese Edition)
2006 – Call Of The Mastodon (Japan)
2006 – Capillarian Crest (2CD)
2006 – Capillarian Crest – Crystal Skull
2006 – The Wolf Is Loose (2CD)
2007 – Colony Of Birchmen (UK)
2009 – Crack The Skye
2009 – Divinations
2009 – Just Got Paid
2009 – Oblivion
2010 – Jonah Hex – Music From The Motion Picture
2011 – Live At The Aragon
2011 – The Hunter (Limited Edition)
2012 – Dry Bone Valley (France)
2012 – Feistodon (Mastodon & Feist Split)
2013 – Live At Brixton
2014 – Once More ‘Round The Sun (Canada)
2017 – Emperor Of Sand (Canada)
2020 – Medium Rarities
2020 – Medium Rarities [Hi-Res]