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EP by Mastodon
Released August 21, 2001 (CD)
August 31, 2004 (vinyl)[1]
Recorded 2000
Studio LedBelly Sound Studio
Genre Sludge metal, progressive metal
Length 15:37
Label Relapse
Producer Matt Washburn
Mastodon chronology
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Lifesblood is an 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 tracks also appears 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.

No. Title Length
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.