Critically acclaimed album heavy-rock masterminds Mastodon won a pair of prestigious awards in London this past week for its current album, The Hunter. First up was the Kerrang! Award (Kerrang! Magazine UK) for “Best Album.” Mastodon also took home the prize for “Best Album” at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden God Awards (Metal Hammer Magazine UK). Both awards were handed out at star-studded ceremonies in London on June 7th & 11threspectively.
Mastodon are touring in support of The Hunter, which found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. A new video for “All The Heavy Lifting,” from The Hunter shot live at London’s Brixton Academy, can be seen here.
Mastodon’s upcoming European tour dates are as follows:
6/13 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling
6/15 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell Festival
6/16 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown
6/17 Seinäjoki, Finland Provinssirock
6/19 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
6/20 Riga, Latvia Palladium
6/23 Roeser, Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival
6/24 Eindhoven, Holland Effenaar
6/25 Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg Max
6/27 Rome, Italy Atlantico
6/29 Werchter, Belgium Rock
6/30 Belfort, France Eurokennes
8/25 Reading, England Reading Festival
8/26 Leeds, England Leeds Festival
RECORD STORE DAY is nearly here! Saturday, April 21st Warner Bros. Records will have a special series of vinyl albums and singles available in honor of the 5th annual Record Store Day – a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Warner Bros. Records is proud to be an official sponsor of Record Store Day.
Among the most anticipated releases this weekend includes a pair of highly sought-after 7″ vinyl limited edition pressings: Mastodon / Feist split 7″, otherwise referred to as FEISTODON and the Mastodon / Flaming Lips Side By Side 2012 series 7″ single. The members of Mastodon, currently in the middle of an extensive US tour, are avid participants of Record Store Day and wanted fans to know: “Mastodon are proud to uphold their long-standing commitment to supporting Independent Record stores on Record Store Day. The vinyl album and single format remains an important part of our culture and heritage as recording artists and we hope you’ll enjoy our interpretations of these songs by artists we admire and respect.”
Once again, these very special releases are as follows:
Disturbed: The Collection (Vinyl Album Box Set)
We are proud to announce the definitive Disturbed vinyl box-set edition, THE COLLECTION. A five-album, six-disc offering of the band’s complete studio album discography featuring The Sickness (2000), Believe (2002), Ten Thousand Fists (2005), Indestructible (2008), and Asylum (2010). A career retrospective spanning ten years and 18 Billboard Top 100 hits of sophisticated and life-altering heavy music. For this box set, each album has been carefully mastered and pressed on 140-gram vinyl for the very best in audio quality. Each album has been meticulously showcased in a stunning art presentation that is unique and exclusive to this release. This is a limited edition box of only 2500 units worldwide.
Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe and Standard vinyl editions)
What can be said about this classic album that has not been said before? Originally released in 1975 and representing not only a rebirth of the band, with the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, but really a second debut for a group firmly rooted in the rock genre, now reinventing themselves into a pop rock force in a way that few other artists can lay claim to. The album includes the iconic songs “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Over My Head.” Cut for vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog tapes and pressed in both 33 rpm and 45 rpm for the very best in audio presentation. A collectible and definitive version for any generation.
Mastodon / Feist “A Commotion”/ “Black Tongue” (7″ vinyl single)
In conjunction with Cherrytree/Interscope Records- A very exclusive and highly anticipated RSD pressing features Mastodon covering the Feist song “A Commotion,” (from her album Metals) while Feist covers Mastodon’s “Black Tongue.” A unique and highly buzzed-about Record Store Day prize.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (Deluxe 180 Gram vinyl Box Set)
On April 14, 2012, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and to commemorate this historic event, this classic Deluxe box set of the band’s first number one album will be specially priced for Record Store Day. The Deluxe package was mastered for vinyl by Steve Hoffman and includes two 16-page booklets – “Jupiter” and “Mars.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers won four Grammy® Awards for Stadium Arcadium including: Best Rock Album, Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package in addition to Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for their chart-topping, record-breaking single “Dani California.”
Metallica: Beyond Magnetic (12″ color vinyl EP)
Beyond Magnetic consists of four outtakes from the 2008 Death Magnetic sessions and is available for the first time on silver vinyl just for RSD. A potent and exceptionally well-produced example of Metallica’s most recent work, which can hold its own with anything within their vast heavy music cannon. Previously unreleased on vinyl and includes a limited edition Metallica sticker.
T-Rex: The Electric Warrior Singles Box: (Six 7″ vinyl singles)
This RSD exclusive comes housed in a clamshell-box featuring the entire album, plus the non-album b-side “Raw Ramp,” spread across six singles. When combined, the six picture sleeves form an image of T. Rex founder Marc Bolan in his prime. Chris Bellman used the original analog masters to cut each disc at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Misfits: Walk Among Us (Color vinyl album – 3 different colors)
Rhino will also offer three colored-vinyl versions of the Misfits’ WALK AMONG US to mark the 30-year anniversary of the band’s 1982 full-length debut. It is a faithful reproduction of the original with music cut from the original analog masters and packaging that duplicates details down to the printed inner sleeve. The album will be pressed on red (1,250 pieces), blue (1,250 pieces) and clear (500) vinyl. Color variations will be distributed randomly. There will also be a purple vinyl pressing released internationally that will be limited to 1,500 copies.
Side by Side 2012 Series:
A continuation of the well-received Warner Bros Records “Side by Side” series, which was initially introduced in 2011. All are exclusive for Record Store Day on uniquely colored and extremely limited edition 7″ vinyl singles, featuring Warner artists covering other historic and personally influential iconic artists. This year’s series includes:
The Flaming Lips / Mastodon: “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (7″ baby pink vinyl single)
The mighty Mastodon faithfully covers the Lips classic “Spoonful Weighs a Ton,” from The Soft Bulletin album. Ferociously beautiful!
A couple of hard rocking bands will be making special performances on Record Store Day!
Saturday April 21st
Art of Dying – Tunes @1205 Tilton Road Northfield, NJ 08225 – 1:30pm
(609) 241-6917www.tunesonline.net/ – Acoustic Performance + signing
Mastodon – Disc-Go-Round records @ 5734 Mcardle Rd # A Corpus Christi, TX 78412 – 2:00pm (361) 980-0440 http://www.welovecds.com
Signing copies of their two RSD releases: Mastodon / Feist “A Commotion”/ “Black Tongue” (7″ vinyl single) & The Flaming Lips / Mastodon: “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (7″ baby pink vinyl single)
VIDEO WAS SHOT DURING SOLD-OUT SHOW AT LONDON’S BRIXTON ACADEMY – MASTODON’S BIGGEST U.K. SHOW TO DATE
BAND HIT THE ROAD THIS WEEK FOR CO-HEADLINING SPRING TOUR WITH OPETH
MASTODON have posted a live video of their new single “Dry Bone Valley.” The performance was shot live at London’s Brixton Academy – the band’s biggest UK headlining show to date in front of a sold-out manic crowd. View “Dry Bone Valley (Live)” here.
“Dry Bone Valley” is the second single from Mastodon’s critically acclaimed Top 10 album The Hunter, and has just entered the Top 20 at radio this week. As expected, The Hunter found its way onto several Year End/Best Of Critics’ Lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more.
This week, Mastodon hit the road for a co-headlining tour with Swedish metal band Opeth, plus special guests Ghost. The coast-to-coast trek kicks off Wednesday, April 4th. Watch a trailer for the tour here.
Tour dates and Set times as follows:
Be sure to arrive early to see Special Guests, Ghost.
04/04 Portland, ME State Theater – Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/05 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/06 Montreal, QC Metropolis - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/07 Toronto, ON Sony Centre - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/09 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/10 Wallingford, CT The Dome - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/11 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom - Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20
04/13 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre - Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 8:00 | Mastodon 9:40
04/14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection- Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/16 Knoxville, TN TN Theater - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/20 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
04/21 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street- Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
04/23 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/25 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues - Ghost 6:30 | Opeth 7:20 | Mastodon 8:50
04/26 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre - Ghost 8:15 | Mastodon 9:05 | Opeth 10:35
04/27 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
04/28 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
04/30 Seattle, WA The Paramount - Ghost 7:00 | Mastodon 7:50 | Opeth 9:20
05/01 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre - Ghost 7:00 | Mastodon 7:50 | Opeth 9:20
05/03 Edmonton, AB Events Center - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
05/04 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/05 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
05/06 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
05/07 Minneapolis, MN Brick - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/09 Washington, DC The Fillmore - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
05/10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music - Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20
Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2011 - Oh the Metal albums I listened to during 2011! Metal be thy name, there were a Metal many. Metal many again. Regardless of how many Metal albums that did rip my eardrums apart and psyched me out during the process, I couldn’t possibly listen to every Metal album released this past year. It’s not humanly possible. I’ve compiled below, a list of ten Metal albums that for all Metal intents and purposes… kicked my Metal lovin’ ass during 2011.
Yes, you will see a couple of albums tied in this top ten list and it was an unavoidable and welcomed outcome. Choosing my top ten Metal albums for any given year is not easy! However, choosing my number one Metal album for 2011 was easy and Hemoptysis is without a doubt in my Metal mind, one of the best Metal bands to come forth in the past ten and possibly twenty years. You can call Hemoptysis Thrash, Death Thrash, Extreme and Metal. I call this band exceptional and their Misanthropic Slaughter album is number F’n ONE!
Hopefully you may agree with a few of these albums I’ve chosen for my top ten. A personal list of Metal taste it is. Each Metal album here for me bestows quality musicianship and songs, from beginning to end. The common thread each band below shares with one another, that can never be denied: They are all Defenders Of The Metal Faith and I salute each and every one!
Stone’s Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2011:
HUNTED – WELCOME THE DEAD
ANA KEFR - THE BURIAL TREE (II)
SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA - The Corruption Of Mercy
MORBID ANGEL - Illud Divinum Insanus
(Season of Mist)
SPEED\KILL/HATE - OUT FOR BLOOD
EASTERN FRONT - BLOOD ON SNOW
* (Was released in North America on January 25th, 2011)
ANTHRAX - WORSHIP MUSIC
MASTODON - THE HUNTER
ARCH / MATHEOS - SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE
(Metal Blade Records)
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
THE PARALLAX: HYPERSLEEP DIALOGUES
(Metal Blade Records)
AMON AMARTH - SURTUR RISING
(Metal Blade Records)
HEMOPTYSIS - Misanthropic Slaughter
(Rock It Up Records)
* To read the complete album review I wrote for Misanthropic Slaughter posted on January 22nd, 2011, click on the large header link below!
Congratulations and THANK YOU to all the METAL bands above!
LONG LIVE METAL.
RED FANG have confirmed a string of European headlining dates to conincide with their tour of Europe with Mastodon. A complete list of tour dates is listed below.
RED FANG will be taking the stage again in their hometown of Portland, OR this New Year’s Eve at Star Theater. For more information and to purchase tickets please go HERE.
The band recently finished work on a new video for the song “Hank Is Dead” with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy. Look for the video to premiere very soon. Stills from the video shoot can be seen HERE. The band held an air guitar competition to coincide with the video shoot. Check out the hilarious winning video HERE.
RED FANG are streaming Murder The Mountains in its entirety at this location. The band recorded Murder The Mountains with THE DECEMBERISTS’ Chris Funk and the album was mixed by three-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (WHITE STRIPES, THE RACONTEURS). Murder The Mountains is now available on CD, 12″ vinyl, and deluxe digital. The album is available via Relapse HERE and on iTunes HERE
RED FANG is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact the relevant publicity contact listed below. Updated RED FANG news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the RED FANG Facebook and RED FANG Official Site.
RED FANG EUROPEAN TOUR WITH MASTODON
12/31/11 Portland, OR The Star Theater
1/14 SWE, Stockholm The Annex
1/15 NOR, Oslo Sentrum Stage
1/16 DEN, Copenhagen VEGA
1/17 DEN, Aarhus Voxhall
1/18 GER, Bremen Tower*
1/19 BEL, Brussels Encienne Belgique
1/20 FRA, Paris Le Bataclan
1/21 SPA, San Sebastian Mogambo*
1/22 POR, Lisbon Coliseum
1/23 SPA, Madrid Joy Slava
1/24 SPA, Barcelona Razzmatazz
1/25 FRA Toulouse Les Saints des Seines*
1/26 ITA, Milan venue tba
1/27 GER, Stuttgart Juha West*
1/28 SWI, Zurich Xtra
1/29 GER, Frankfurt Batschkapp
1/30 GER, Munich Backstage Halle
1/31 GER, Berlin C-Club
2/1 GER, Osnabruck Bastard Club*
2/2 GER, Cologne Essigfabrik
2/3 HOL, Tilburg 013
2/5 ENG, Bristol Academy
2/6 ENG, Manchester Academy
2/7 SCO, Glasgow Barrowland
2/9 Norwich, UEA
2/10 ENG, Birmingham Institute
2/11 ENG, London Brixton Academy
*Denotes headlining dates*
Mastodon has released a new video “Curl of the Burl” in support of their up and coming album, The Hunter, due out September 26th. Check it out!
Hard rock titans Mastodon have confirmed September 27th, 2011, as the release date of their highly anticipated new full-length studio album, The Hunter. Several exciting events are planned for release day apart from their Reprise Records release which follows their universally acclaimed concept album, Crack the Skye released in March 2009. This is their 3rdstudio album released on Reprise Records in the US and Canada and their first to be released on Roadrunner Records outside of North America.
Beginning today Mastodon will launch a pre-order at www.mastodonrocks.com for The Hunter Limited Edition Package, which includes a CD/DVD housed in a digi-pack with an exclusive alternative artwork cover, a 20″ x 30″ Lenticular Poster featuring the album cover of the standard CD, an Augmented Reality Experience by Total Immersion (more on that later) that will contain exclusive content only available to this package, plus an instant download of the band’s first new album track “Black Tongue,” also available for sale through all participating digital music retailers starting today.
Click here to view the visual companion to the song “Black Tongue,” featuring contemporary American folk artist A.J. Fosik, creator of The Hunter cover art piece.
Want more Mastodon? Fans who purchase the Limited Edition Package will also receive a download of “Curl Of The Burl,” the first official single from The Hunter before it becomes widely available for sale at all digital retails stores.
This Limited Package is a one-time only Edition. Once these exclusives sell out, no more will be created. Don’t hesitate; pre-order now here.
Much more news will be unveiled shortly so check www.mastodonrocks.com often for clues and info.
Troy Sanders – Bass guitar / vocals
Brent Hinds – Guitars / vocals
Bill Kelliher – Guitars
Brann Dailor – Drums / vocals
Mastodon tour dates, new merch and more than you’ll bargain for to be found at:
Band to Hit the Road for European Tour in June; Mastodon’s Version of ZZ Top Classic Featured on “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” Soundtrack
“Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation — no one else comes close.” — Rolling Stone Magazine
“Unpredictable, intelligent metal.” — Spin Magazine
“Thunderous, disciplined and expansive…the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon’s music makes ‘Crack The Skye’ sonically unforgettable.” – Time Magazine
The band is currently recording at Doppler Studios in their hometown of Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks have been previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where Nirvana’s masterwork “Nevermind” was recorded.
Mastodon can also now confirm a pair of new songs — “Blasteroids,” and “All The Heavy Lifting” will be featured on the new disc which will be release later this year.
As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, will take a different tack and musical approach to the music on this outing. Check www.mastodonrocks.com for studio updates.
Immediately following their 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 30th with Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Meat Puppets. All of Mastodon‘s upcoming tour dates are below.
|06/04||Rock Im Park||Nurnberg, GER|
|06/05||Rock Am Ring||Nuremburgring, GER|
|06/08||Die Rohre||Stuttgart, GER*|
|06/10||Sonisphere Festival||Warsaw, POL|
|06/11||Sonisphere Festival||Prague, CZE|
|06/12||Norwegian Wood||Oslo, NOR|
|06/17||Sonisphere Festival||Athens, GRE|
|06/19||Sonisphere Festival||Istanbul, TUR|
|06/21||Sonisphere Festival||Sofia, BUL|
|06/22||INmusic Festival||Zagreb, CRO|
|06/24||Sonisphere Festival||Basel, SWI|
|06/25||Sonisphere Festival||San Marino, ITA|
|07/01||Roskilde Festival||Roskilde, DEN|
|07/02||Sonisphere Festival||Helsinki, FIN|
|07/03||Glav Club||St. Petersburg, RUS*|
|07/04||Arena Moscow||Moscow, RUS*|
|07/08||Sonisphere Festival||Amneville, FRA|
|07/09||Sonisphere Festival||Stockholm, SWE|
|07/10||Sonisphere Festival||Knebworth, UK|
|07/13||Metalcamp Festival||Tolmin, SLO|
|07/14||Hegyalja Festival||Tokaj, HUN|
|07/16||Sonisphere Festival||Madrid, SPN|
|07/30||The Gorge||Seattle, WA|
*denotes headlining show
Lastly Mastodon has just confirmed that their version of ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” will be included on the original soundtrack for “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” soundtrack. This sought-after Mastodon rarity has only been available as a limited edition color vinyl 7″ single released this past Record Store Day. The album will be release on June 14th.
Info, tour dates, merch, prayers answered and much more available at:
Pantera fans will also want to check out the COWBOYS FROM HELL ULTIMATE BOX SET on November 22. The three-cd box set includes custom artwork and a 60-page booklet with rare photos, expanded liner notes and replicas from the Cowboys era including New Years Puke Party T-shirt – designed by Dimebag Darrell, multiple flyer reproductions, laminated passes, sticker, button and a newly re-mastered copy of the original Cowboys album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the era, and unreleased demos for nearly every album track.
In other Metal Club news, those who previously missed their chance at obtaining the limited edition deluxe “Worrmhole Tunnel Box Edition” of Mastodon‘s latest album Crack The Skye are in luck. The group will make 600 copies of the limited-edition release available through retailers on December 7th as part of Metal Club.
The set, which originally sold out during the pre-orders for the album’s original release, comes housed in a hard box case. The elaborate packaging encompasses a tunnel book that, when looked through, reveals three-dimensional-like imagery.
Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases. Please visit www.mymetalclub.com for store locations, news and information on other Metal Club releases.
Other Metal Club releases include:
Metallica – “Live at Grimey’s” CD/10″ (11/26)
Anthrax – “Live at the Sonisphere” Picture Disc (11/26)
Slayer – “World Painted Blood” 7″ (11/26)
The Damned Things – “Ironiclast/We’ve Got A Situation Here” 7″/CD Single (11/26)
Job For A Cowboy – “Ruination” Vinyl/CD Box Set (11/26)
Monster Magnet – Mastermind Special Edition Box Set (Available Now)
The Sword – “(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire” Hexagonal Picture Disc (Available Now)
In anticipation of Fuse TV’s upcoming Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009 concert special on June 20th, the network will be airing the best performances from Bonnaroo 2008 tomorrow night, Wednesday June 3rd @ 10pm. Included in tomorrow’s special are performances from metal luminaries Metallica and Mastodon.
For more information about tomorrow night’s special as well as the June 20th Bonnaroo 2009 broacast, head here: http://fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo/
Additionally, Fuse has launched the ultimate online music news source, Tweetaroo – “Mashing Twitter and Music since 2009!” The site let’s you follow the Tweets from all of the artists playing Bonnaroo this year including Nine Inch Nails, the Dillinger Escape Plan and much more..all in one centralized online hub: http://fusefest.fuse.tv
SPECIAL UK WARM UP SHOWS ANNOUNCED!!!
New Single – “Oblivion”
Release Date: June 8th
Formats: Download, ITunes Exclusive
Plus Ltd Edition CD / T-Shirt Bundle ( available only through http://www.cracktheskye.co.uk )
Mastodon’s masterful fusion of colossal riffage and deft prog has seen them tipped to inherit Metallica’s throne – **** Mojo
“Unquestionably the band’s most spectacular release” 10/10 Rock Sound
“Mastodon’s strength once again lies in making such gargantuan epics flow seamlessly, constantly executing musical left turns that take the songs in invigorating new directions” KKKK – Kerrang!
“Rejoice: the only metal band that muso snobs profess to like are back! ” 8/10 NME
“Yet again, the hype surrounding this band is entirely justified. Prepare to be blown away” 9/10 Metal Hammer
“Metal’s most important band right now” * * * * 1/2 The Sun
“Fascinating” * * * * The Observer “Saving Metal” The Guardian
Prog metal behemoths Mastodon, release their massive new single Oblivion on June 8th. Taken from their critically acclaimed new album, “CRACK THE SKYE”, Oblivion takes you on a magical journey through time and space and leaves you wanting more…
Since forming in 2000, Mastodon have essentially lived on the road. After non-stop touring, the band, Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds decided to record a demo, which would ultimately be released in a shortened EP form on Relapse Records as Lifeblood.
The success of the EP spurned more touring, and even greater success. Their first full-length album Remission, followed in 2002. True to form another round of touring ensued and then Leviathan an album critics were quick to embrace. But it’s with the band’s legion of fans that they have really delivered. Mastodon’s “blue collar” touring ethic has earned them constant accolades from fans that have grown accustomed to their accessibility, approachability and dedication as a working mans band. Rare is the artist who achieves that critical balance coupled with the level of fan support Mastodon has attained. Blood Mountain was released in September of 2006 to critical acclaim and was also nominated for a Grammy award.
As previously announced, MASTODON will tour Europe with Metallica this summer. Before they head out on their European trek, the band will be playing 4 very special shows in the UK. The dates are as follows
5th Sheffield Corporation
6th Manchester Academy 2
7th Glasgow ABC
9th London, Islington Academy
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday May 1st and are available from kililive.com /0871 230 5595 and usual outlets
In addition, they have been invited to perform as part of the Sonisphere Touring Rock Festival this summer in Europe and the UK with Metallica, Linkin Park, Lamb of God and more. Go to http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/ for details, dates, etc.
AOL’s Spinner.com has posted their exclusive live performance from Mastodon. The 3 song live set was filmed on February 5 at AOL’s NYC headquarters as part of “The Interface” series. While the band was there, they passed through the offices of Noisecreep.com, AOL’s new metal site, and showed off all of their tattoos and gave a little insight on the inspiration behind them.
Mastodon will be releasing their 4th album, Crack the Skye, on March 24th.
Head over to www.CrackTheSkye.com and get ready to have your mind blown! The new MASTODON micro site has just launched and features animation inspired by their upcoming album Crack the Skye. Like their previous releases, the new artwork was created by Paul Romano (Trivium, Godflesh). The site also features the world premiere of the sweeping instrumental, “Oblivion” plus a 60 second snippet of the track “Divinations.”
The new album was produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Neil Young) at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. Drummer/lyricist Brann Dailor described the album as more “focused” and told TheQuietus.com, “Maybe there was a deeper heart to this record that needed more exploring. We got more involved with feeling the vibe of the record and everything feels creepier and spaced out…something special is going on.”
Crack the Skye hits stores on March 24th!
Mastodon will be unleashing, Crack the Skye, on March 24th. To help celebrate the release, Mastodon will be giving away a new Gibson Melody Maker to one grand prize winner.
First prize wins 1 Crack the Skye Limited Edition Tunnel Book package and 5 runner-ups will be getting a copy of the new CD plus a t-shirt from the band.
Check out, cracktheskye.com, the new on line destination created by Mastodon to help fans have a direct connection to the new album.
Crack the Skye hits stores on March 24 through Warner Bros Records.
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Heavy rock iconoclasts MASTODON will release their new album, Crack the Skye on March 24, 2009. However, hardcore fans will have the opportunity to pre-order a very special Deluxe Limited “Tunnel Book” Edition of Crack the Skye online only via the band’s website: www.mastodonrocks.com.
This super-deluxe version of Crack the Skye will come housed in a hard box case featuring a third dimension worm hole design that will contain exclusive and additional album art by long-time Mastodon artist, Paul Romano. The special package will include the full-length Crack the Skye album on CD, plus a DVD containing The Making of Crack the Skye with photo gallery, Track by Track band commentary and more by director Jimmy Hubbard.
All pre-orders will also receive a 14” x 14” exclusively designed lithograph unavailable anywhere else. Additionally, those who are first to pre-order will receive the lithograph autographed by the band members themselves. These extraordinary packages will be extremely limited and once they are gone, no further editions will be created so don’t delay. Cost of the Deluxe Limited “Tunnel Book” Edition will be $39.99. This may be the most beautiful and innovative album packaging you’ll see for years to come.
Shortly thereafter, Mastodon will unveil a new online destination designed to bring fans into direct focus on the upcoming new album, Crack the Skye. www.cracktheskye.org will launch the week of Feb 16, and will compliment its existing sibling location of www.mastodonrocks.com.
The new site will be a flash-based, interactive experience threading fans through an extremely visual, user-controlled cyber journey into the inner sanctum of Crack the Skye. Content will be thematically based on the album’s concepts, artwork, images, lyrics, videos, and its unique packaging through engaging visuals and music from Crack the Skye intended to accompany and enhance the experience of listening to the album in its entirety.
As previously announced, Mastodon will tour Europe with Metallica this summer. In addition, they have been invited to perform as part of the Sonisphere Touring Rock Festival this summer in Europe and the UK with Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Lamb of God and more. Go to http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/ for details, dates, etc.
www.tonesofdeath.com is giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Scion Rock Fest! As you know, the fest is 2/28 and features Neurosis, Mastodon, Wolves in the Throne Room, Baroness, Withered, and much, much more! Yes, we know this is a free fest, but you still need a ticket to get in, and we know that lots of people outside of Atlanta are searching for a way in. All you have to do is go to www.tonesofdeath.com and enter your e-mail & phone number for your chance to win. The winners will be picked on 2/20 so don’t waste any time!
NEW MASTODON TRACK
AVAILABLE ONLINE JANUARY 26TH (TODAY!)
HEADLINE HOMETOWN SHOW CONFIRMED
Atlanta-based, globally-revered hard rock behemoths MASTODON will reveal a brand new song, “Divinations,” from their highly anticipated, long-awaited new studio album, CRACK THE SKYE today, January 26th. The single will be available digitally from iTunes and all other participating digital retailers.
Recently, hardcore MASTODON fans who paid close attention were rewarded by the band who gave away a quantity of free CRACK THE SKYE album T-shirts to their most loyal supporters by strategically placing special redemption codes at various hard rock online destinations including the band’s own MySpace page and website. These shirts are now gone but keep a close eye on http://www.mastodonrocks.com for future fan-related exclusive offers, merchandise, contests and content. Many more details to be announced shortly.
Lastly, MASTODON have been confirmed as headliners of the Scion Rock Fest in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on Saturday, Feb 28th, at the Masquerade. Needless to say, the line-up for this one-day only event is spectacular. Other artists confirmed to appear include Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, Torche and many others. The event will run from Noon to midnight. It will be highly amplified. MASTODON will play new material. Your mind will be blown.
For further information go to: http://www.scion.com/rock
Just a reminder to keep your eyes and ears open – lots of new MASTODON information to be revealed in the weeks ahead.
Bill Kelliher, guitarist with Atlanta-based heavy rock band MASTODON has been hospitalized in London as of Nov. 3, during the bands current European Unholy Alliance Chapter 3 package tour. Doctors will continue to monitor his condition which is improving at press time.
At the moment, Mastodon has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors and Bill are hopeful that he will rejoin his band mates in time for their headlining tour of Europe which begins Nov 30, in Utrecht, Holland and will end on Dec 7, at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Somerset, England. More details to follow as they develop.
Atlanta-based heavy rock masters MASTODON have confirmed details behind their upcoming Reprise Records album scheduled for release in early 2009.
The seven-song strong, 50 minute tour de force entitled CRACK THE SKYE, was recorded at Southern Track Studios in Atlanta and produced/mixed by Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against The Machine, Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, etc.). CRACK THE SKYE follows their massively acclaimed 2006 epic BLOOD MOUNTAIN, which was voted the #9 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 50 Album’s of 2007” and the #1 album of The Year in Decibel Magazine. Greater accolades were bestowed upon them last year when MASTODON were named “Best Metal Band” in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Annual poll, and “Best Band On The Planet” by the UK’s Kerrang! Magazine.
Tracklisting for CRACK THE SKYE is as follows:
4. The Czar
5. Ghost of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron
As with each of their previous releases, the packaging for the new album will be as bold and breathtaking and the music contained within. Multiple packaging formats are expected. Details to be revealed in the near future. Until then, MASTODON has been asked to support label-mates Metallica in Europe this coming Summer 2009. Confirmed dates are as follows:
June 14 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
June 15 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, FIN
June 17 Spektrum Oslo, NOR
June 22 Datch Forum Milan, ITA
June 24 Palalottomatica Rome, ITA
July 13 Palacio de Deportes Madrid, Spain
July 16 Hallenstadion Zurich, SWITZ
July 20 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
July 22 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
July 23 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
July 27 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen, DEN
Additional dates to be announced
As previously announced MASTODON are currently undergoing an extensive tour of the UK and Europe between October 27 through December 7. Additional details on CRACK THE SKYE to be unveiled soon.
“UNHOLY ALLIANCE TOUR, CHAPTER III” LAUNCHES ITS FIRST 2008 ASSAULT WITH METAL HAMMER SPONSORED UK DATES
BILL FEATURES SLAYER, TRIVIUM, MASTODON
The UK leg of the mighty “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III” kicks off in Manchester, England on October 27. This third instalment of what has been hailed as “the heaviest, darkest tour of the year,” the “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III” will feature Slayer, the undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, and two true princes of the genre, Trivium and Mastodon. An opening act will be announced shortly. While Slayer will close all of the shows, they will be co-billed with Trivium on the UK dates.
27 Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England
28 Wolverhampton Civic Birmingham, England
30 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
31 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
2nd CIA, Cardiff
3rd Academy, Glasgow
The Unholy Alliance tour first launched in Fall, 2004 with a European edition that featured Slipknot, Slayer, Mastodon and Hatebreed. The venture was so successful, the first North American trek, dubbed “The Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter II: Preaching to The Perverted,” kicked off in Summer, 2006 with Slayer, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed stomping and screaming its way to 30 U.S. and Canadian cities. The European run of “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter II” took place in Fall, 2006, featuring Slayer, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, and Thing Eyes Bleed.
A journalist once wrote of Slayer, “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to Slayer.” Indeed, in the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier, faster and darker than the rest, Slayer set the new standard which all others continue to follow. Slayer is the band that all other heavy acts are measured against, defining not only a genre but an attitude. For more than two-and-a-half decades, Slayer’s onslaught of sheer brutality has proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. Entire countries have banned their music, NARAS has graced them with two Grammy Awards. Slayer is currently writing material for a new album, release date to be determined.
Orlando, FL heavy metallers TRIVIUM are delighted to be co-headlining with SLAYER on the UK leg of this year’s colossal UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour. Having performed over 600 shows in the last 36 months alone, Trivium are no strangers to the stage and life on the road. Last year, the worldwide million-selling band toured extensively with Machine Head, co-headlining the impressive Black Crusade tour, as well as finding time to play shows with the legendary Iron Maiden amongst others. Since then, they have been hard at work on their next studio album for Roadrunner Records, due for release on September 29, 2008.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Mastodon have been critically acclaimed by almost every publication in the US and Europe. Their Grammy nominated album, Blood Mountain, the group’s third release, isn’t just unconventional, it’s surreal, progressive and unrepentantly heavy. Mastodon combined their favorite musical styles, including thrash, doom, prog and psychedelic metal to concoct something utterly original, undeniably devastating and irrefutably entrancing. They are currently in the studio with producer Brendan O’Brien recording their follow up to “Blood Mountain.”
Mastodon will also be returning to the UK in December to take part in The Nightmare Before Christmas at All Tomorrows Parties which is curated by Faith No More / Fantomas frontman Mike Patton and legendary rockers The Melvins. 6th and 7th December – Somerset, All Tomorrows Parties.
UK Tickets available from: http://www.seeticketcom, http://www.ticketline.com, http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk, http://www.stargreen.co.uk, http://www.gigantic.com, and http://www.lastminute.com as well as all venue box offices.
Fuse has announced that it will be broadcasting live Bonnaroo 2008 sets from
both Metallica and Mastodon. Metallica’s set can be seen this Saturday, June
14th at 10pm, while Mastodon’s set can be seen on Sunday, June 15th at 9pm only on Fuse. More information about Fuse’s Bonnaroo 2008 programming coverage can be found right here: http://www.fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo/
Join Black Tide as they hit the road with Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Airbourne, Mastodon and more this summer on Rockstar Energy Drink’s Mayhem Festival.
To celebrate the festival, Black Tide and Hard Rock Hideout are giving away a pair of tickets to every date of the tour.
Enter now to rock out! Click the image above to enter the drawing!
THE FIRST ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
DATES AND ON-SALE INFORMATION
ON SALE NOW!!!!!
TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 9 IN SEATTLE
Organizers of the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival have
announced dates, venues and on-sale information for the highly anticipated all-star thunderfest.
Multi-platinum rock acts SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED will lead the much-buzzed-about ampshattering road show, which will feature hard music’s most influential bands and its new wave of heavy-hitting acts. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between July 9 and August 19, 2008.
Fans can purchase tickets beginning April 4 at 10AM local venue time via the Official Mayhem Fan Community at http://mayhemfest.tickets.musictoday.com. Pre-sale orders also allow
fans to hear tracks from Mayhem bands, receive early entry venue passes, purchase a discounted subscription to Revolver magazine and receive a Mayhem t-shirt. In addition, preorders enroll fans into a contest offering one grand prize winner an electric guitar and two meet & greet passes to get the six-string signed.
Fans that pre-register to be a part of the Mayhem Fan Community before April 4 can purchase tickets upon immediate availability. And by pre-registering, they’ll also be entered into a contest to win a merch pack featuring CDs from every band on the tour.
Tickets go on sale nationally beginning April 19. You can get more information at www.Mayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com.
In addition to Slipknot and Disturbed, the main stage features DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON, as well as a JÄGERMEISTER second stage with MACHINE HEAD, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER
DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO and the JÄGERMEISTER Battle of The Bands Winner.
There will also be a HOT TOPIC STAGE featuring UNDEROATH, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and 36 CRAZYFISTS.
The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on all dates.
MAYHEM is kicking the Recession’s ASS!
In an effort to keep more money in your pockets, Mayhem is keeping the ticket prices low, with tickets ranging from just $19.99 to a maximum $49.50 (plus tax and parking) — for 15 bands and 8 hours of music, madness and MAYHEM!
*Please note: top ticket prices are $49.50 + $6.50 for parking, plus sales tax or ticketing fee (ticketmaster or musictoday).
* Machine Head
* Five Finger Death Punch
* Walls of Jericho
* Jagermeister Battle of the Bands Winner
Hot Topic Stage
* Black Tide
* Suicide Silence
* The Red Chord
* 36 Crazyfists
Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour dates and locations
* 07/09 Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre
* 07/11 Marysville, CA at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
* 07/12 Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre
* 07/13 Devore, CA at Glen Helen Pavilion
* 07/15 Fresno, CA at Save Mart Center
* 07/16 Chula Vista, CA at Coors Amphitheatre
* 07/18 Phoenix, AZ at Cricket Wireless Pavilion
* 07/19 Albuquerque, NM at Journal Pavilion
* 07/20 Englewood, CO at Coors Amphitheatre at Fiddler’s Green
* 07/22 Bonner Springs, KS at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
* 07/23 Maryland Heights, MO at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
* 07/25 Dallas, TX at SuperPages.com Center
* 07/26 Selma, TX at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
* 07/27 Houston, TX at Sam Houston Race Park
* 07/29 Tampa, FL at Ford Amphitheatre
* 07/30 West Palm Beach, FL at Cruzan Amphitheater
* 08/01 Virginia Beach, VA at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
* 08/02 Burgettstown, PA at Post-Gazette Pavilion
* 08/03 Scranton, PA at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
* 08/05 Mansfield, MA at Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
* 08/06 Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
* 08/08 Toronto, ON at Downsview Park
* 08/09 Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
* 08/10 Tinley Park, IL at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
* 08/12 Atlanta, GA at Lakewood Amphitheatre
* 08/13 Noblesville, IN at Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
* 08/15 Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center
* 08/16 Hartford, CT at New England Dodge Music Center
* 08/17 Bristow, VA at Nissan Pavilion
* 08/19 Darien Lake, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sponsors for the 2008 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include Title Sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and JAGERMEISTER, HOT TOPIC, X BOX, IBANEZ GUITARS, TAMA DRUMS, I LOVE VAGINA, METAL BLADE RECORDS, PETA, ROADRUNNER RECORDS, THE END TIMES, DiNGSTORE.com and THE IY. Media Partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE, HOLLYWOOD
MUSIC, KNAC.COM and METAL INJECTION.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival brings together the creative team that has founded many music tours including the highly successful Vans Warped Tour and the Worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. Kevin Lyman, John Reese and CAA’s Darryl Eaton have partnered again, this time with Live Nation, to bring fans the next great music festival juggernaut, which will be
MAYHEM! Following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience the tour organizers have joined forces again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the Title sponsor.
Live Nation is promoting the festival nationally.
In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that will add to the festival experience.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing great surprises for attendees and will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.
“This festival will be our marquee music presentation for years to come,” says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso. “We at Rockstar are excited to team up with our partners from Rockstar Taste of Chaos to launch an all-out summer tour that will blow you away!”
Fans can go to http://www.mayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are released.