Island

Album: Leviathan (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from Leviathan, Mastodon's concept album based on the Herman Melville novel Moby Dick. Guitarist Bill Kelliher considered the record representative of the water element, in keeping with the band's elemental tetralogy of concept albums. (Remission was loosely based on fire, and Call of the Mastodon focused on earth).
  • The song was utilized in a scene in the Disney-Pixar film Monster's University, but did not appear on the official soundtrack. The filmmakers explained why the song was chosen, saying, "There is a great moment in Monsters University when we thought it would be funny if the tunes were some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable. Mastodon was the obvious choice. They show off an unexpected monstrous side for one of our great new characters."

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