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Widely considered to be one of the best metal bands of the millennium, Mastodon have made a career of bringing the unusual to the masses.

With albums inspired by Moby Dick and astral projection already under their belts, recent sixth album Once More ’Round The Sun cracked the top 10 album charts here in the UK and made it to number six in the US earlier this year.

While Metal Hammer and Kerrang! might be expected to fall for their charms, even The Guardian was moved to say: ‘Mastodon have set the bar so ridiculously high over the past decade. Brilliant stuff.’

They play the O2 Southampton Guildhall tomorrow. Tickets £26.45, doors open 7pm. Go to o2guildhallsouthampton.co.uk