PICS: Mastodon at House of Blues

Mastodon (who moonlight as white-walkers on HBO's "Game of Thrones") brought the metal thunder at House of Blues San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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The band -- which got its start in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 -- just released a new EP, "Cold Dark Place," on Sept. 22, just six months after dropping their seventh studio album "Emperor of Sand."
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The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, and guitarist Bill Kelliher (pictured left to right).
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The quartet's sound ranges from progressive metal to sludge to stoner rock to experimental metal. Allmusic has declared them as "one of the preeminent metal acts of the early 21st century." (Hinds pictured)
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However, Sanders disagrees: "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 & 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."
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Fun fact: The band is no stranger to the HBO series "Game of Thrones." Dailor, Hinds and Kelliher appeared as wildlings in season five, with the latter two returning in season seven as wights in the white-walker army. The band also contributed a song (appropriately titled) "White Walker" to one of the show's soundtracks ("Game of Thrones: Catch the Throne Vol. 2"). (Sanders pictured)
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At one point, Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "Mastodon are a bunch of doom-haunted, myth-obsessed, meat-and-potatoes Southern badasses who have become the most important new band in metal." Among various accolades they've received over the years, the band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, and won two Kerrang! Awards (for Best Video in 2009, and Best Album in 2012). (Sanders pictured)
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Three members of Mastodon enjoy signature models of their respective instruments: Hinds has his own Epiphone and First Act guitars, Kelliher has had guitars made by both Gibson and ESP LTD, and Sanders (pictured) has leant his name to a Fender Jaguar bass model.
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On Oct. 19, Mastodon played a 19-song set list including "The Last Baron," "Sultan's Curse," "Divinations," "Crystal Skull," "Ancient Kingdom," "Bladecatcher," "Black Tongue," "Colony of Birchmen"...
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And "Ember City," "Megalodon," "Andromeda," "Oblivion," "Show Yourself," "Precious Stones," "Roots Remain," "Crack the Skye," "Halloween," "Mother Puncher," and "Steambreather."
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