High Road (Mastodon song)

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"High Road"
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Single by Mastodon
from the album Once More 'Round the Sun
Released April 17, 2014
Format Music download
Recorded Rock Falcon Studios, Franklin, Tennessee
Genre Sludge metal [1]
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Mastodon
Producer(s) Nick Raskulinecz
Mastodon singles chronology
"Dry Bone Valley"
"High Road"
"Chimes at Midnight"

"Dry Bone Valley"
"High Road"
"Chimes at Midnight"

"High Road" is a single by American heavy metal band Mastodon. The song was released as the debut single from their sixth album, Once More 'Round the Sun . The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, but lost to Tenacious D's cover of Dio's "The Last in Line."

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Mastodon (band) American heavy metal band

Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar), and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals). Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases. The band's 2002 debut album, Remission, garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Mastodon's second full-length release, Leviathan, is a concept album based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer.

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Once More 'Round the Sun is the sixth studio album from American heavy metal band Mastodon. The album was released on June 24, 2014, via Reprise Records. On April 17, 2014, Mastodon released the album's first single, titled "High Road". On June 16, 2014 the album was made available for streaming on iTunes. The album sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart, making it the band's second consecutive top 10 debut after their previous album, The Hunter, peaked at No.10 after opening with 39,000 copies in 2011.


Music video

The song's official music video was uploaded to the band's YouTube channel on June 11, 2014. The video was directed by Roboshobo.

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The video begins with a teenage boy watching two scantly dressed women play a game of chess, while he sits on a throne. As the two women are about to kiss, the boy wakes up and is handed a lunch by his grandmother, who is carrying around an oxygen tank. The boy leaves his house, while receiving a dirty look from his neighbor across the street. The video then shows the boy playing Dungeons & Dragons with his grandma, before giving her her nightly medicine. The boy goes to a park to play a live version of D&D, where his team promptly loses. The opposing team shows up to his house, burning an effigy of his character. The neighbor from before puts out the fire and shows the boy his garage and helps him get "in shape". The boy returns the park and wins this time, but is attacked by the same boys from earlier. The neighbor shows up and fends off the attackers; as the video ends both the boy and neighbor are shown laying on the ground.

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Track listing

  1. "High Road" 4:15

Chart positions

Chart (2014) Peak
US Sales 1 [2]
US Main. Rock 24 [3]
MEX Air. 41 [4]


Troy Sanders American singer

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Brent Hinds American musician

William Brent Hinds is an American musician best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he shares guitar duties with Bill Kelliher and vocal duties with Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor.

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