The Elephant Men

Mastodon's monstrous metal is just breaking the surface

While Mastodon's artistic inspiration comes from the usual vintage suspects -- Metallica, Slayer, Venom, Budgie, and Iron Maiden -- Hinds admits that he and Sanders also find muses in much less predictable circles. "Me and Troy are completely infatuated with classic country music," he proudly proclaims before reeling off a laundry list of C&W legends from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. "I think I was born in the wrong decade."

In addition to his musical nostalgia, Hinds also has a soft spot for old guitars. "I'd like Mastodon to become the biggest heavy-metal band in the world," he says matter-of-factly. "I'd like to make a really good living playing music and open a vintage-guitar shop."

Hinds' retirement into the world of retail, however, is most likely a few years off. In the meantime, this Mastodon will just keep getting bigger.

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