Progressive metal band Mastodon, celebrating the release of their fourth full-length album Crack The Skye, will play F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin(TM) with Xbox LIVE® Gold members March 19.
If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member (if not, upgrade now at http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/goldBenefits.htm), and you want a chance to play with Mastodon, send a friend request to the Gamertag “Mastodon GWF” and be online half an hour before (6:00 p.m. EST) the Game with Fame session starts on Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. EST. If you get a chance to play with Mastodon, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject: “GWF – Mastodon.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and hometown.
After three well-received albums, and a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for the song “Colony of Birchmen” off Blood Mountain, Mastodon’s latest effort, Crack The Skye, is an intensely personal work and an emotional journey. Guitarist Bill Kelliher says, “This is the record we’ve always wanted to make.” And bass player Troy Sanders chimes in, “It’s not just seven songs, but an up-and-down journey. It was to truly dig in and pull personal inspiration from both the darkest and dearest parts of our souls, and simultaneously with our wonder and amazement of the entire universe.”
Check out Mastodon’s Artist of the Month Page here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/artist/rock/mastodon.htm
The band consists of Kelliher, Sanders, drummer Brann Dailor, and guitarist Brent Hinds. The band worked with producer Brendan O’Brien to get a more old-school rock feel to the album. Kelliher calls the band’s sound, “Progressive on top of progressive, on the roots of Mastodon, still those heavy things and have your fans grow with you. There’s no formula. We can play any style we want for as long as we all feel it. And on this record there’s a lot more singing and harmonizing, less screaming. We’re honing our skills in our music. We just made a better record than the last record and that’s what we want to do the rest of our lives.”
Get a feel for the band’s sound by setting up these music videos for download through Xbox LIVE Marketplace:
“Colony of Birchmen”
Mastodon is currently on their ShockHound-sponsored tour. Check out dates for April & May and get tickets here:
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST)
Game: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Gamertag: Mastodon GWF