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Leviathan
Studio album by Mastodon
Released August 31, 2004
Recorded 2004 at Robert Lang Studios, Studio Litho, and EK Studios in Seattle, Washington
Genre Sludge metal, progressive metal
Length 46:58
Label Relapse
Producer Mastodon, Matt Bayles
Professional reviews
Mastodon chronology
Remission
(2002)
Leviathan
(2004)
Call of the Mastodon
(2006)
Special edition cover
Special edition cover

Leviathan is a concept album by Progressive metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 by Relapse Records. The album is based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, with the songs: "Iron Tusk", "Blood and Thunder" "I Am Ahab" and "Seabeast" released as singles. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang!, and Terrorizer.

Leviathan was also released with an Audio DVD in a limited edition set with a black and gold slipcase. The album brought Mastodon great critical acclaim and, thanks to the ensuing tour, a considerably larger fan base. Leviathan has sold 103,000 copies as of September, 2006. Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album to represent the water element.[1]

Contents

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Mastodon

# Title Length
1. "Blood and Thunder" (Feat. Neil Fallon) 3:49
2. "I Am Ahab"   2:45
3. "Seabeast"   4:15
4. "Island"   3:27
5. "Iron Tusk"   3:03
6. "Megalodon"   4:22
7. "Naked Burn"   3:43
8. "Aqua Dementia" (Feat. Scott Kelly) 4:12
9. "Hearts Alive"   13:39
10. "Joseph Merrick"   3:33
DVD
# Title Length
1. "Naked Burn" (5.1 Surround Sound)  
2. "Aqua Dementia" (5.1 Surround Sound)  
3. "Hearts Alive" (5.1 Surround Sound)  
4. "Where Strides the Behemoth" (Live)  
5. "Battle at Sea" (Live)  
6. "Thank You for This / We Built This Come Death" (Live)  
7. "Crusher Destroyer" (Live)  

Videography

The "Tour Edition" CD-ROM was released in 2005 which in addition to the main album contained the videos for "Iron Tusk" and "Blood and Thunder". The Tour Edition is presented in a slipcase which showcases the complete cover artwork, rather than the detail of the whale featured on the standard edition. A video for "Seabeast" was completed in 2006.[2]

Concept

It tells the story of Captain Ahab ([1]) and his obsession with the White Whale. Mastodon members have stated that Ahab's story is a parallel to the band's journey towards success, fame and renown.

Artwork

The White Tower seen in the artwork on the inside cover of the booklet is a revamped version of Martin Heemskerck's 16th century interpretation of the Pharos of Alexandria. The wave seen in the full picture of the artwork is a reflection of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

In pop culture

  • In the movie Choke, the character Denny is seen wearing a Mastodon t-shirt featuring artwork from Leviathan.
  • NPR recently included Leviathan lead track Blood and Thunder in its list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade. [3]

Reception

Online music magazine Pitchfork placed Leviathan at number 126 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[4]

Credits

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Band

Guest musicians

Other credits

  • Matthew F. Jacobson – executive Producer
  • Alan Douches – mastering
  • Paul A. Romano – artwork, design

Notes


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