Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their acclaimed concept album “Crack The Skye”, one of the most critically lauded records of the past decade. The band is tracking the new CD at Doppler Studios in Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks were previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where NIRVANA‘s masterwork “Nevermind” was recorded. Songtitles set to appear on the album include “Blasteroids” and “All The Heavy Lifting”.
In a brand new interview with SPIN.com, MASTODON guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds stated about the upcoming album, “It’s very close [to be being done]. I have two guitar solos left to record, and one or two vocal parts and a couple of keyboards and that’s it.”
He added, “‘Blood Mountain’ and ‘Crack the Skye’ — those albums took too long to make. This only took us a couple weeks to record and there’s a totally different feeling to it. It’s a jump-on-your-bed, get naked, and go streaking kind of record. I haven’t had this feeling about a MASTODON record since [2004’s] ‘Leviathan’. It’s just fucking awesome.
“We’ve got a song about fighting, there’s a song about lifting heavy stuff, there’s a song about people on meth creeping around in trees trying to get the best wood grain out of a tree to sell it at Lowe’s for [drug] money… The album is kind of silly. We’re taking the piss out of things.”
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Immediately following its current recording sessions in Atlanta, MASTODON will head to Europe for a summer-long tour that includes all dates on this year’s Sonisphere festival as well as the Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Roskilde festivals and more. The band will also play a one-off show at The Gorge in Seattle on July 30 with SOUNDGARDEN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, and MEAT PUPPETS.