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February 2023:
Brann Dailor: Mastodon’s Modern Metal Master

Brann Dailor is an interesting drummer. He was brought up around musicians, and it wasn’t a question of if he was going to play music. It was a question of what instrument would he choose to play? His interest was piqued in the drums around 4 or 5 years old. …

October 2019:
Mastodon’s Brann Dailor on the Band’s Heavenly “Stairway to Nick John”

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor recently talked to MD to discuss the band’s heartfelt tribute to their longtime friend and manager.

October 2019:
Led Zeppelin II

In the fifty years since Led Zeppelin roared onto the scene, much has been made of their being ground zero for “heavy rock.”

August 2018:
Mastodon’s Brann Dailor

Call them metal, call them hard rock, call them prog…. One thing’s for sure, none of those labels do the Atlanta-based band Mastodon justice. Mastodon are welcome interlopers who, after nearly twenty years, have morphed and blossomed into makers of a sound that is truly their own.

May 2017:
Mastodon's Brann Dailor

Mastodon’s discography follows a linear pattern, where each release moves into new sonic territory, making it a time capsule of sorts. Although this approach has earned the group a loyal and diverse following, it’s a challenge to accurately explain a record before fans get a dose of it, even for …

February 2016:
Catching up With…
Harvey Mason

The musical chameleon has used every color in his palette during his decorated career. Right now, it’s all about silver.

November 2009:
November 2009 – Volume 33 • Number 11

Brann Dailor, Ray Luzier, Eric Harland, Jimmy Paxson, Nicko McBrain, Dennis Diken, Tim Alexander, Matt Wilson, Ryan Hoyle, Karl Latham, Corey Pierce, Brian Delaney, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Neil Peart, Rashied Ali

September 2005:
September 2005 – Volume 29 • Number 9

Teddy Campbell, Brann Dailor, Tom Brechtlein, Ronnie Vannucci, Will Denton, Kris Kohls, Scott Travis, Ricky McKinnie, Wayne Fullwood, Aquiles Priester, Shakerleg, Stan Levey, Pierre Moerlen, Peter Erskine, Tommy Lee

Posted: December 30, 2015

Adam Deitch on the February 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine
Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
February 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Adam Deitch

See what’s in the February 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Adam Deitch and how to get it.

Posted: December 30, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
February 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Adam Deitch

See what’s in the February 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Adam Deitch and how to get it.

Posted: March 14, 2014

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Live at Brixton

Mastodon’s sold-out show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 11, 2012, was captured on film, and now it’s available as a digital-only product.

Posted: August 1, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Guitar Center Launches Its 25th Annual Drum-Off Competition

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off launches its 25th annual search for the next great undiscovered drummer.

Posted: August 2, 2012

Category: News, News and Events, The Showroom
Meinl Brann Dailor 21″ Mb8 Ghost Ride

Developed in cooperation with Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor, this cymbal features a unique look and has a sound that’s said to combine glassy ping and warm shimmer….

Posted: January 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mastodon’s Brann Dailor on The Hunter: Change Is Good

Perhaps the Mayans were right after all. The End of Days must be upon us when we live in a world that finds the Atlanta-based metal band Mastodon’s latest album, The Hunter, debuting on Billboard’s top ten and the single “Curl of the Burl??? being nominated for a Grammy. Drummer …

Posted: January 3, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
13 Tons Of Heavy

A baker’s dozen of the best hard rock albums released over the past year.

Posted: August 1, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, World’s Largest Drumming Competition, Kicks-Off

Guitar Center has announced the launch of the 23rd annual Guitar Center’s Drum-Off the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer.

Posted: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

Welcome once again to the MD Readers Poll, where the greatest drummers on the planet are honored by the most educated drum fans around. Let’s get right to it: the envelope, please….

Posted: May 24, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Axel Sjöberg of Graveyard

Since this is a blog for Modern Drummer, I thought I’d talk about drummers I like. I rarely like it when drummers play straight beats (no rule is without an exception, though); I prefer drummers who play melodies or play along with the melodies that the other instruments play. That …

Posted: August 21, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, More Reasons to Love, Update
Neil Peart: More Reasons To Love

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor, Slavior’s Mark Zonder, and the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd on why Rush’s drummer rules.

Posted: December 3, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Julien Granger of Today Is The Day

Hi, it’s Julien Granger! Playing drums in a legendary band is not only a job, it’s an adventure.

Posted: July 29, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mayhem Week! Mike Wengren of Disturbed

Mayhem Week! Mike Wengren Of Disturbed.

Posted: July 28, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mayhem Week! Brann Dailor of Mastodon

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour has been amazing so far. I kind of knew it would be a lot of fun when I saw the lineup. We’ve been friends with most of the bands on the bill for a long time, making it a lot easier to be away …

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brann Dailor of Mastodon

For Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor, playing in a band named after a huge prehistoric beast makes perfect sense. “When I’m performing or writing,” Dailor says, “I sometimes think, That definitely sounds like a Mastodon part.”

Posted: July 6, 2018

Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 150: Mastodon's Brann Dailor, Snare Drum Heads, Zildjian Uptown Ride and 12" New Beats, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike discuss Brann Dailor of Grammy award–winning metal band Mastodon. The education segments focuses on everything you need to know about snare drum heads.

Posted: April 21, 2017

Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Episode 89: Brann Dailor, Developing Finger Control, Gibraltar Stealth G-Drive pedals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss powerhouse drummer Brann Dailor of modern metal band Mastodon.