Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON has confirmed that the band will team up with Sweden’s OPETH and GHOST for a North American tour in April (as first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on January 14). Sanders gave out the information during an interview yesterday (Thursday, January 19) at the studios of the Belgian national radio station Studio Brussel, where he was accompanied by his bandmate, guitarist Bill Kelliher.
When asked about MASTODON‘s plans for the immediate future, Sanders said, “We go to Australia take part in the Soundwave Festival, which is going to be lovely… Take a short break. Do a North American tour with OPETH and GHOST. And then take another break and come back over here for the European festival season.”
MASTODON‘s Troy Sanders confirming North American tour with OPETH and GHOST (audio clip):
You can listen to the entire interview at StuBru.be. Some of the studio footage can be seen below.
MASTODON is among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band’s Grammy nomination is for “Curl Of The Burl”, the first single from MASTODON‘s new album, “The Hunter”.
MASTODON received its first Grammy nomination in 2006 for the single “Colony Of Birchmen”, from the band’s Reprise Records debut album, “Blood Mountain”.
OPETH‘s new album, “Heritage”, sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.
“Watershed” was the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed “Ghost Reveries” CD, which debuted at No. 64 on the Billboard chart back in September 2005 with first-week sales of just under 15,000.
OPETH‘s 2003 album, “Damnation”, premiered with a little over 5,000 copies.