All this week we’re looking at the very best bands starring at the 2012 Reading (and Leeds) festival.

And today we focus on one of the finest exponents of progressive metal on the planet.

Mastodon made waves last year with the release of their biggest record to date – the award-winning The Hunter.

And we’ll be pointing you in the direction of another big hitter tomorrow! 








Band: Mastodon

Where: NME/Radio One Stage

When: Saturday August 25 (Leeds August 26)

Who: Prog metal giants.

Why: 2011’s The Hunter swept the board as rock/metal album of the year.

What: Curl Of The Burl, Divinations and Crystal Skull.

Watch out for: Brann Dailor – the best drummer of his generation.

Wait for: Blood And Thunder from Leviathan.