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Leviathan (album)

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Leviathan is the second album by American heavy metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 on Relapse Records It is Mastodon's first concept album, loosely based on the 1851 novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville The songs "Iron Tusk", "Blood and Thunder", "I Am Ahab" and "Seabeast" were released as singles Three magazines awarded the album Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer In 2009 and 2015 MetalSucks named Leviathan the best metal album of the 21st century

Leviathan was also released with an audio DVD of DVD-Video format in a limited edition set with a black and gold slipcase The album brought Mastodon widespread critical acclaim and together with the ensuing tour greatly extended their fan base It sold 106,000 copies by September, 2006[3] Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album a representation of the water element, in keeping with the elemental tetralogy of the band's first four albums[4]


  • 1 Videography
  • 2 Packaging
  • 3 Release
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Track listing
  • 6 Songs in video game soundtracks and movies
  • 7 Personnel
    • 71 Band
    • 72 Guest musicians
    • 73 Other credits
  • 8 References


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 shows the complete cover artwork, rather than the detail of the whale shown on the standard edition This is also the cover for the vinyl edition A video for "Seabeast" was completed in 2006[5]


Cover art and booklet artwork was done by Paul Romano[6] 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[citation needed] The wave seen in the full picture of the artwork is a reflection of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa


The vinyl edition of Leviathan has a slightly different track listing The songs "I Am Ahab" and "Ísland" are taken out of their respective place and replaced as tracks 7 and 8


Professional ratings
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles90/10[9]
Drowned In Sound9/10[10]
Pitchfork Media85/10[12]

Placing Mastodon "among the elite of bands" on the strength of Leviathan, Avi Pitchon wrote in Terrorizer that the album "rampages through in a shining epic flow, the 'crazy' parts never separate from the classic metal parts"[13] Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Leviathan at number 126 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s[14] In 2009, MetalSucks compiled a list of the "21 Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century So Far" based on the opinions of various musicians, managers, publicists, label representatives and writers, where Leviathan was placed at number one on the list[15] The album was honored with a 2004 Metal Storm Award for Best Alternative Metal Album[16] In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Leviathan as 46th on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time'[17]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Mastodon

1"Blood and Thunder" featuring Neil Fallon3:48
2"I Am Ahab"2:45
5"Iron Tusk"3:03
7"Naked Burn"3:42
8"Aqua Dementia" featuring Scott Kelly4:10
9"Hearts Alive"13:39
10"Joseph Merrick" instrumental3:33
Total length:46:43
Mastodon box set vinyl bonus tracks
11"The Bit" Melvins coverOsborne, Crover8:29
12"Emerald" Thin Lizzy coverGorham, Downey, Robertson, Lynott3:52
13"Orion" Metallica coverHetfield, Ulrich, Burton8:25
1"Naked Burn" 51 Surround Sound3:42
2"Aqua Dementia" 51 Surround Sound4:10
3"Hearts Alive" 51 Surround Sound13:39
4"Where Strides the Behemoth" Live3:17
5"Battle at Sea" Live4:11
6"Thank You for This / We Built This Come Death" Live4:01
7"Crusher Destroyer" Live2:06
Total length:35:06

Songs in video game soundtracks and movies

"Blood and Thunder" was featured on the Alone In The Dark and in The Cave film soundtracks, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Saints Row, Rocksmith 2014, Project Gotham Racing 3, Splatterhouse and Guitar Hero Metallica in addition to the film The Big Short The song was available as downloadable content for Rock Band and features an optional Pro Guitar upgrade for Rock Band 3 "Megalodon" was featured as downloadable content for Rock Band and was released through the Rock Band Network

"Iron Tusk" was featured in the soundtrack for Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and NHL 2K9

The song "Island" was featured in a brief scene in Monsters University[18]



  • Troy Sanders – bass, vocals
  • Brent Hinds – lead guitar, vocals
  • Bill Kelliher – rhythm guitar
  • Brann Dailor – drums

Guest musicians

  • Scott Kelly Neurosis – additional lyrics and vocals on "Aqua Dementia"
  • Neil Fallon Clutch – additional vocals on "Blood and Thunder"
  • Matt Bayles – organs on "Joseph Merrick"
  • Phil Peterson – cello on "Aqua Dementia"

Other credits

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


  1. ^ "Mastodon Iron Tusk Single" Spirit of Metal Retrieved October 8, 2014mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ "Mastodon Blood & Thunder Single" Spirit of Metal Retrieved October 8, 2014
  3. ^ "Rock Climbing" Billboard 14 October 2006 Retrieved 30 November 2018
  4. ^ "MASTODON TROY SANDERS/BILL KELIHER INTERVIEW" Terrorverlag GbR Musik Magazine 11 October 2006 Retrieved 28 May 2007
  5. ^ "MASTODON - 'SEABEAST' VIDEO AVAILABLE" Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles March 20, 2006 Retrieved March 6, 2018
  6. ^ "Mastodon - Leviathan Standard Ed CD" Workhardenedcom Retrieved July 16, 2014
  7. ^ Kergan, Wade "Leviathan – Mastodon" allmusic Retrieved 18 May 2011
  8. ^ "Blender is coming soon" Archived from the original on October 19, 2006 Retrieved February 5, 2020
  9. ^ Popoff, Martin September 8, 2004 "MASTODON - LEVIATHAN" Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Retrieved March 6, 2018
  10. ^ Hocking, Mat November 19, 2004 "Mastodon - Leviathan" Drowned In Sound Retrieved May 28, 2012
  11. ^ Ayers, Chris October 2004 "Mastodon - Leviathan" Exclaim! Retrieved December 9, 2012
  12. ^ Isaiah, Violante 16 December 2004 "Mastodon: Leviathan" Pitchfork Media Retrieved 18 May 2011
  13. ^ a b Pitchon, Avi September 2004 "Mastodon - Leviathan" Terrorizer 123: 54
  14. ^ Pitchfork staff September 28, 2009 "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151" Pitchfork Media Retrieved October 1, 2009
  15. ^ Neilstein, Vince 2009-07-07 "The Real #1: Mastodon - Leviathan" MetalSucks Retrieved 2012-05-28
  16. ^ "Metal Storm Awards 2004 - Metal Storm" wwwmetalstormnet Retrieved February 5, 2020
  17. ^ "Rolling Stone Share Their Choices For 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time'" Theprpcom June 21, 2017 Retrieved February 5, 2020
  18. ^ "Disney-Pixar's "Monsters University" Hits Campus with Music from Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia" PR Newswire Press release May 22, 2013 Retrieved March 6, 2018

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