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About Brent Hinds
Brent Hinds is the lead guitarist and singer for technical hybrid metal band Mastodon.
Brent’s guitar sound is unique and easily recognizable. Playing the banjo as a child, Hinds learned his "signature style" of fast hybrid picking by emulating banjo fingerings on the guitar. He frequently utilizes the minor pentatonic, natural minor and the harmonic minor scales in his playing as well as many hammer-ons, pull-offs and legato slides.
Mastodon was formed in 1999, after Brent and Troy, who were in a band together, met the other members at a High On Fire concert and decided to meet up for a jam. They soon discovered that they had a common passion for sludge metal and the hard rock genre and decided to form a band.
Over the years, Mastodon has released the critically appraised albums ‘Remission’, ‘Leviathan’, ‘Blood Mountain’, ‘Crack the Sky‘ and ’The Hunter’ – of which the latter has sold over 75.000 copies in the US as of 2012 and reached number 19 on the UK album chart and number 10 on the Billboard 200.
Like the rest of Mastodon’s vocalists, Brent became a singer more by accident than by choice, when the original singer suddenly left the band and they were unable to find a replacement in time for an upcoming tour. Since then, the mix of different vocal styles has become an integral part of Mastodon’s unmistakable trademark sound.
In 2007, Brent Hinds and fellow Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher 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."
While Hinds’ main focus is on Mastodon, he’s also pulling guitar and vocal duties for the surfabilly band Fiend Without a Face, and is also involved in other projects such as classic rock bands The Blood Vessels, West End Motel, Four Hour Fogger, The Last of the Blue Eyed Devils and, his newest project, the supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra with fellow guitarist Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, former bassist of Jane's Addiction, Eric Avery and former The Mars Volta drummer, Jon Theodore. Hinds furthermore composed the score for the movie Jonah Hex.
Mastodon is known to be heavy users of guitar effects and Brent’s impressive pedalboard of course includes several TC pedals, such as the Shaker vibrato, Corona chorus, Flashback delay and the Polytune.
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