About Bill Kelliher
From the insane heaviness of March Of The Fireants, the evocative playing of Seabeast, the iconic intro to Blood And Thunder, all the way to the fuzzy goodness of their recent smash hit Curl Of The Burl, Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher and his bandmates have set the world of rock and metal ablaze.
Never afraid to experiment, explore, have fun and just plain rock, Bill's role in Mastodon centers around rhythm guitar, laying a foundation that is mindboggingly complex and super-tight, yet free to flow with the eclectic outbursts of brilliance of lead guitarist Brent Hinds and the insanely cool time-signature shifts of drummer Brann Dailor. Bill fulfills this task with excellence, churning out killer-riff after killer-riff like there is no tomorrow, with an originality, creativity and musicianship that's quite a sight to behold.
Along with the rest of Mastodon Kelliher has been on a steady rise since forming in early 2000. They have become known for taking on ambitious concepts on their albums Leviathan and Crack the Skye that have been based on Herman Melville's Moby Dick and on the idea of an out-of-body experience.
In 2007 Kelliher and Brent Hinds won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards for best shredders. In 2011 music magazines Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Rock Sound all voted Mastodon's album The Hunter as best record of the year. Furthermore, BBC stated about Mastodon: 'They are the most ambitious, most fearless, most fun heavy metal band to have breached the mainstream since the genre oozed its way out of the Midlands in the 1970s."
Kelliher has mentioned being a fan of harmonized, layered guitar parts, relating it to playing rhythm along to albums as a kid, where he learned to focus on locking in on the rhythm. Hinds tells that Kelliher uses a lot of time and effort on coming up with the driving rhythms that push the songs forwards. Kelliher saves most of his ideas for riffs, noting that when revisiting interesting riff ideas he'll often find the riffs not quite right, but that they often spawn new, more interesting ideas. We are thrilled that Bill Kelliher use the G-System and PolyTune Mini as part of his studio set-up and live equipment, helping him explore new musical ground.