Rock preview: Mastodon, on tour

Corporation, Sheffield, Fri 5 Jun

As with the best metal bands, Mastodon fearlessly walk a line between very clever and rather stupid. On the one hand, this is a band making complex music, whose new album references astral traveling, Rasputin, and the black hole theories of Stephen Hawking. On the other, they have a frontman and singer-guitarist with a tattooed head who recently spent three days in a coma after a punch-up. And, really, more power to them for making this combination work. After a lauded underground career, in 2006 the band signed to a major label, and rather than shirk the challenge, the group responded with bigger, madder, and more conceptual work like their Blood Mountain album, and then, this year, new one Crack The Skye. Ever a genre to love extremes, metal approved: Metallica (who the band are supporting in Europe) are fans. Now the band's stature approaches the hugeness already achieved by their labyrinthine riffage.

• Corporation, Sheffield, Fri 5 Jun

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