NewsFebruary 8, 2011 6:05 PM ET6,947 views

Mastodon: Live At The Aragon announced

Official press release: Heavy rock innovators Mastodon will release their first-ever live experience package entitled Mastodon: Live At The Aragon on March 15th, 2011, on Reprise Records. The set will contain a CD and DVD which captures the band's sonic assault recorded and filmed live October 19th, 2009, at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago while touring in support of its critically-applauded album, Crack The Skye. Mastodon: Live At The Aragon DVD + CD is comprised of Crack The Skye performed live in its glorious entirety along with fan favorites from Blood Mountain (2006) and Leviathan (2004) plus a brutal cover of "The Bit" by Melvins. A dozen blistering tracks that loudly displays Mastodon's unmatched virtuosic prowess at the apex of their career to date. The DVD program contains a full 78 minute live visual concert experience filmed in Chicago and is a stunning representation of the band captured in their most natural and primal element. Click on the link to view the trailer for Mastodon: Live At The Aragon - The DVD will also feature a 58 minute "tour film" entitled "Crack the Skye: The Movie," and contains the films which were projected on screen, behind the band in performance. These images were created specifically to illustrate the conceptual thread linking each of the songs on Crack the Skye and are exclusive to this package for the very first time giving the fans a brand new way to re-experience Crack The Skye. Beginning today through fans can pre-order a special bundle that will include the complete Mastodon: Live At The Aragon, along with a Custom Mastodon guitar Pick Tin (with embossed picks) and a reproduction of the official Mastodon All Access Tour Laminate exclusive only to this package. Quantities are very limited so don't delay. Fans who wish to purchase Mastodon: Live At The Aragon digital download can do so on the iTunes Store both in audio form, and as a live concert film including, "Crack the Skye: The Movie." In addition, the package will also be available through as an audio/video bundle. In addition, Mastodon will help celebrate Record Store Day, April 16th, by releasing two limited-edition vinyl pressings. First will be the version of Mastodon: Live At The Aragon, pressed onto 180 gram audiophile weight vinyl and will also contain the DVD of the live show, plus "Crack the Skye: The Movie." Secondly, an exclusive split 7" vinyl single of the ZZ Top classic, "Just Got Paid," with Mastodon's version on one side backed with the original ZZ Top version on the flip, housed in a clear plastic slipcase. Mastodon's version of the track originally appeared on the album, Covered, A Revolution In Sound, commemorating 50 years of Warner Bros. Records. Mastodon: Live At The Aragon follows in the wake of the band's acclaimed conceptual masterwork Crack The Skye, released in March 2009 to thunderous accolades and finished out the year even stronger as it found its way onto numerous "Best of 2009" critics lists and readers polls, including an impressive No. 8 position on the prestigious Village Voice Annual Pazz & Jop Poll. Here are just a few examples of what the press had to say about Crack The Skye: "Thunderous, disciplined and expansive…the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes Crack The Skye sonically unforgettable." – Time Magazine "Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation – no one else comes close." -- Rolling Stone Magazine "Bask in ‘Crack the Skye's' superb sonic qualities. Give ‘em half a chance and they'll take you someplace pretty cosmic." – Entertainment Weekly "Mastodon has earned its place at the forefront of progressive metal with a mix of headiness and brawn…but the ambitious vision and vivid execution of ‘Crack The Skye don't feel like a departure for this band. And if letting go means breaking through some kind of ceiling, Mastodon seems both wary and ready." –The New York Times The track-listing for Mastodon: Live At The Aragon is as follows: "Oblivion" "Divinations" "Quintessence" "The Czar" "Ghost Of Karelia" "Crack The Skye" "The Last Baron" "Circle of Cysquatch" "Aqua Dementia" "Where Strides The Behemoth" "Mother Puncher" "The Bit" Mastodon is currently writing new materials for their next album, with a view to record later this year.

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ed_money 2/8/2011 3:06:48 PM

Nobody fcking cares.

Kevl 2/8/2011 3:24:25 PM

First? Uh, pretty sure I have an unwatched Mastodon DVD with a WAY better tracklist than this shit

demonic_chode 2/8/2011 3:29:02 PM

Too much information.

pukeskywalker 2/8/2011 3:37:19 PM

This PR team needs to be fired

brend00m 2/8/2011 3:37:53 PM

fck this DVD and fck this band. Go back to 2005 and I will give two shits, but today I give zero.

hunt_fish_with_dynamite 2/8/2011 3:47:16 PM

This band hasn't released anything good in five years. They most likely never will release anything remotely good ever again, pack it in you fcking dorks.

badaxe 2/8/2011 4:27:01 PM

Ahhh...the novelty of newfound hatred amongst lambgayers.

DaviexDues 2/8/2011 4:30:54 PM

well hey fck..I was at this

failure_of_a_human_being 2/8/2011 4:35:45 PM


brend00m 2/8/2011 4:36:34 PM

Newfound hatred? I didn't realize 2009 was a new year you fcking dolt.

xLionHeartx 2/8/2011 4:42:52 PM

Live at the character from Star Wars?

Kevl 2/8/2011 4:55:35 PM

Yeah, most of lambgoat (myself included) were jocking them HARD before Blood Mountain came out and was awful

moogs 2/8/2011 5:00:40 PM

dipshits who think they are more original than neurosis are stoked

badaxe 2/8/2011 5:27:52 PM

brend00m: I just saw your favorite bands list. You like Blink 182 and Muse. Therefore your opinion has no validity. You probably don't even know who originally plays "The Bit".

arty_mcfarty 2/8/2011 5:36:12 PM

bad axe, dude

hatredoftheliving 2/8/2011 7:01:12 PM

Haven't given a shit about this band since 2004. Mallcore kiddos who jock this band as being "prog" are stoked.

Alaboma 2/8/2011 7:10:01 PM

I've never understood the hype around these guys. no care.

SyracuseMetalNerd 2/8/2011 7:43:32 PM

Ten bucks says they redo the vox in the studio, I have a recent bootleg where they play almost that exact set and the vocals would have been handled better by handicapped kids on pcp with their balls in a vise

brend00m 2/8/2011 8:21:56 PM

badaxe: The Melvins, did it out without looking it up and I've never even listened to them. Also, you think Mastodons new bullshit is better than Muse? Do me a favor, never listen to music ever again, fcking gay.

zerpzerp 2/8/2011 8:26:32 PM

i'd see mother puncher, otherwise eh

needssalt 2/9/2011 12:10:46 AM

press releases aint supposed to be homework. too long fell asleep

john_doe 2/9/2011 10:33:36 AM

i still like this band.

maskake 2/9/2011 10:40:40 AM

wouldn't pay anymore then $25 for everything.

Filled_with_rape_semen 2/9/2011 11:06:12 AM

Have these gays forgot Remission is their best album? Play that album live and i'll buy it!

sgd54 2/9/2011 12:47:00 PM

The track-listing is as follows: "gayivion" "gayations" "gayessence" "The gay" "gay Of Karelia" "Crack The gay" "The Last gay" "Circle of gay" "gay Dementia" "gay Strides The Behemoth" "Mother gay" "The gay"

jackkempsangryghost 2/9/2011 6:17:28 PM

how dare this band create interesting, compositional music and not just some chugchug shit that you tack "core" onto the end of? those losers. too much for our simple gay brains, does not fempute.

Chi_Stake 2/10/2011 12:29:11 AM

great record but the vocals suck live, stopped caring

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