Colony of Birchmen

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"Colony of Birchmen"
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Single by Mastodon and Josh Homme
from the album Blood Mountain
B-side "Iron Tusk"
ReleasedMarch 12, 2007
Format Single, CD
Label Warner Music
Songwriter(s) Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders
Producer(s) Matt Bayles/Mastodon
Mastodon and Josh Homme singles chronology
"The Wolf is Loose"
"Colony of Birchmen"
"The Wolf is Loose"
"Colony of Birchmen"

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Track listing

  1. "Colony of Birchmen"
  2. "Iron Tusk" (Live)
  3. "Naked Burn"



  1. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" . Retrieved 2007-09-11.
  2. Worley, Gail Adventures On Blood Mountain: An Interview with Brann Dailor of Mastodon (February 2008). Retrieved April 6, 2008.

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