Mastodon Releasing New Album This Year
Band also hopes to make EP out of material left over from ‘Once More Round the Sun’
Mastodon announced this week that they’ll be releasing their sixth album later this year. In an interview withÂ Paste, the band shared details of the album, titledÂ Once More Round the Sun.
The new album marks the first release from the metal band since 2011’sÂ The Hunter. Bassist and vocalist Troy Hunter said thatÂ Once More Round the SunÂ follows in the trimmer, tighter vein of that album. “A lot of people ask us if it kicks off whereÂ The HunterÂ left off,” he said. “And to a large degree, I suppose yes. We recorded it and took it on the road with us, and then we headed back to our rehearsal space and started working out ideas. I’ve had a lot of time to ingest this record, and it’s solid. It’s a large slab of granite. I’m once again completely proud of these guys.”
The band recorded the album late last year in Franklin, Tennessee, with guest work by Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and production by Nick Raskulinecz. After putting together the album, Mastodon discovered they had about 30 minutes of extra material they couldn’t fit into it, and Sanders said they hope to release the remainders as an additional EP after putting out the album.
Back in November, as the band was still working to trim down their material, drummerÂ Brann Dailor spoke withÂ ROLLING STONEÂ about the new album’s sound. “It’s gonna be massive and insane, lots of epic greatness,” he said. “There will be lots of huge riffs and new directions. It’s real weird, real math-y, real straightforward. It’s up, down and all around. It’s a culmination of everything for the band. The snowball keeps rolling and collecting snow.”
Once More Round the SunÂ will feature cover art by Skinner, an Oakland-based artist who specializes in what he describes as “psychedelic nightmare paintings.” There’s no set release date yet for the album, but it’s slated for later this year on Warner Brothers Records, and Mastodon will kick off a North American tour on April 28th in Seattle.