By Mike Milazzo
Hailed by critics as one of the most preeminent metal acts of the early 21st century, Mastodon has had just about every sub-genre listed before the word “metal” when describing them — from progressive metal to sludge metal to alternative metal to experimental metal to groove metal. Call them whatever you wish, but the band themselves have stated that they find the metal label a bit too restrictive, and their appreciation for all styles of music incorporate itself into their music. Also noted for their lyrics, the band released Leviathan in 2004, a concept album centered around the famous novel Moby-Dick. New album Emperor of Sand also revolves around a concept: a desert wanderer who has been handed down a death sentence. With a steady number of albums all receiving critical acclaim, one can be certain that Mastodon will not be receiving a death sentence of their own anytime soon.