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Each of Mastodon’s members is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in their own right. In this feature, we’ll take a look at each of Dailor, Hinds, Kelliher and Sanders, and particularly their pre-Mastodon past! Next up, riff-monster that is:

Bill Kelliher

Bill Kelliher

If you read our Brief Musical Timeline of dummer Brann Dailor earlier in the week…then you basically have all of Bill Kelliher’s musical history too; the man’s a team player when it comes to his Masto-buddies.

Probably the earliest building block of Mastodon, their shared membership of Lethargy – and the 1996 record It’s Hard to Write with a Little Hand – heralds much of the early Mastodon sound. More tech-death than sludge, the album is nevertheless marked by Kelliher’s trademark imaginative riffing.

Of course, it’s also completely bonkers in places too…

The other band in which both Kelliher and Dailor operated was Today Is The Day, albeit briefly – and in fact, Kelliher played bass rather than guitar, on the 1999 record In The Eyes Of God. Perhaps tellingly, it’s Today Is The Day’s most ‘metal’ album – but that’s not necessarily just to do with these two.

Nevertheless, it’s a wonderfully venomous record and well worth a listen.

And that’s it, really. I can’t be the only one who’d like to hear more from Bill Kelliher besides his Mastodon work, but alas, nothing so far.

So, that’s your lot!


Besides his music career, Kelliher appeared alongside bandmates Brann Dailor and Brent Hinds in season 5 Game Of Thrones episode “Hardhome“. Unsurprisingly, the played wildlings…

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Dat ‘tache. Bill Kelliher with Brent Hinds


Bill Kelliher


It’s Hard to Write with a Little Hand (1996)

Today is the Day

In the Eyes of God (1999)