MASTODON: Collection Of Early Recordings, Three-Hour DVD Due In February

MASTODON's former record label, Relapse Records, wil be issuing a compilation of the band's earliest recordings and a full-length DVD in February.

Due on February 7, 2006, "The Call of the Mastodon" is a collection of MASTODON's first-ever forays into the recording studio, which exposes the humble beginnings of hard rock's heaviest hitters. The nine tracks laid to tape here, the first the fledgling quartet had ever written, document a band finding its own voice and place in the musical world. Remixed and remastered by original producer Matt Washburn, and repackaged by the band's longtime artist Paul Romano, "The Call of the Mastodon" is a vital piece of heavy metal history and the crucial starting point in the still burgeoning MASTODON legacy.

MASTODON's "The Workhorse Chronicles", the band's first official DVD release, is a first-hand account of the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into making this mammoth band you know today. Go behind the scenes in over three hours of hand-selected footage from the band's personal video archives. "The Workhorse Chronicles" contains in-depth interviews with each band member and a career spanning range of live performances — including rare footage of the band in their initial form as a five piece through to sold-out clubs worldwide. "The Workhorse Chronicles" delves deep into the core of MASTODON, exposing all that is loved and respected about this band. A February 21, 2006 release is expected.

MASTODON drummer Bränn Dailor recently told MTV.com that the band have been "collecting riffs and accepting ideas as they come" while on the road during this summer's Ozzfest. Dailor said the band hope to release their Warner Bros. debut next summer.

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