When bands sign to a major label, their music sometimes becomes more mainstream. Not Mastodon.
Blood Mountain, the group's third album, their first for Reprise Records isn't just unconventional, it's surreal, progressive and unrepentantly heavy. Instead of writing songs for rock radio, Mastodon drew inspiration from within, combining their favorite musical styles, including thrash, doom, prog and psychedelic metal to concoct something utterly original, undeniably devastating and irrefutably entrancing .
"This album is a nice collaboration of everybody's character and individuality," says singer and bassist Troy Sanders. "I always felt we were four unique individuals making up the band, and we've combined to make a meal with wicked ingredients. But most important, everything we do is completely pure and honest."