Leviathan album
Album info
ReleaseAugust 21, 2004
Recorded2004 at Robert Lang Studios, Studio Litho, and EK Studios, Seattle, Washington
GenreSludge metal, progressive metal, groove metal, alternative metal, heavy metal
ProducerMastodon, Matt Bayles

Leviathan is the second album by American metal band Mastodon, released in 2004 by Relapse Records. The album is the group's first concept album and is loosely based on the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, and the songs "Iron Tusk", "Blood and Thunder", "I Am Ahab" and "Seabeast" were released as singles. Three magazines awarded it Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer. In 2009 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 great critical acclaim and, thanks to the ensuing tour, a considerably larger fan base. Leviathan had sold 103,000 copies by September, 2006. Guitarist Bill Kelliher considers this album to represent the water element, in keeping with elemental tetralogy of concept albums.[1]


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.[2]


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.


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".[3] Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Leviathan at number 126 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[4] 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.[5]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Mastodon.

# Track title Length
1. "Blood and Thunder" 3:48
2. "I Am Ahab" 2:45
3. "Seabeast" 4:15
4. "Ísland" 3:26
5. "Iron Tusk" 3:03
6. "Megalodon" 4:22
7. "Naked Burn" 3:42
8. "Aqua Dementia" 4:10
9. "Hearts Alive" 13:39
10. "Joseph Merrick" 3:33
Mastodon box set vinyl bonus tracks
# Track title Writer(s) Length
11. "The Bit" (Melvins cover) Osborne, Crover
12. "Emerald" (Thin Lizzy cover) Gorham, Downey, Robertson, Lynott 3:52
13. "Orion" (Metallica cover) Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton

Personnel Edit


Guest musiciansEdit

  • 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 creditsEdit

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


  1. MASTODON (TROY SANDERS/BILL KELIHER) INTERVIEW. Terrorverlag GbR Musik Magazine (11 October 2006). Retrieved on 28 May 2007.
  2. MASTODON COMPLETE WORK ON NEW MUSIC VIDEO - News from Relapse Records / Release Entertainment
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  4. Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on October 1, 2009.
  5. Neilstein, Vince (2009-07-07). The Real #1: Mastodon - Leviathan. MetalSucks. Retrieved on 2012-05-28.

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