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EP by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2001 (CD)
August 31, 2004 (Vinyl)[1]
StudioLedBelly Sound Studio
GenreSludge metal, progressive metal
ProducerMatt Washburn
Mastodon chronology
Slick Leg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Lifesblood is the second EP by American metal band Mastodon. The sample at the beginning of "Shadows That Move" is from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[3] The sample at the beginning of "Hail to Fire" is from the autobiographical film The Dancin' Outlaw by Jesco "Jesse" White.[4] The samples at the beginning of "We Built This Come Death" and "Battle at Sea" are believed to be taken from recordings of the Nuremberg Trials.[5] Since this album was only printed for a limited time, it has become quite rare and sought after by Mastodon fans. The limited prints come in a variety of colors, each with a certain amount produced; 100 clear, 500 red, 500 black and a second press of 500 blue and black. The EP was also re-released in August 2004 by Relapse Records.

All of the tracks appear on their compilation album, Call of the Mastodon.

The album title is derived from a lyric in the song, "Trampled Under Hoof", which appears on their debut album, Remission.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mastodon.

1."Shadows That Move"3:53
2."Welcoming War"2:46
3."We Built This Come Death"2:29
4."Hail to Fire"2:12
5."Battle at Sea"4:13
Total length:15:37


Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Matt Washburn at LedBelly Sound Studio.


  1. ^ "Label Discography for Relapse Records / Release Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
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