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.
Those crazy Steel Panther guys (former Metal Skool) are up to brand new tricks. The band released a new single “Death To All But Metal” on January 26th, 2009. You can purchase this single via Amazon.com and ITunes.
You can find Steel Panther on myspace at this link.
Check out “Death To All But Metal” below!
CHAVIS RECORDS recording artist ASPHALT VALENTINE CD Release Party is this weekend Saturday February 14th at East Atlanta Icehouse in Atlanta, GA. The band will perform and the CD will be played all night long. Strip Rock Roll will be on sale and officially streets Tuesday the 17th. Can’t attend? We have setup a special online CD Listening Party available 1 night only – Saturday beginning at 7:00PM EST. Click here to join the online party Saturday night!
ASPHALT VALENTINE recently “inked” a sponsorship deal with SouthSide Tattoo. SouthSide Tattoo will sponsor the band during 2009 for different events. Catch ASPHALT VALENTINE in March at SXSW 2009 in Austin, TX on the Guitar Hero III Stage.
The Grammy Awards recently chose The Mars Volta, over established hard rock acts like Disturbed, Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Rob Zombie for best Hard Rock Performance. The Mars Volta? Seriously? I have heard of this band, but haven’t heard a tune by these guys. Considering how many bands we cover at HRH, I found this pretty amazing.
I decided to check out the Grammy Award Winning “Wax Simulacra” to see what it is about. Check out the video below, and tell us if The Mars Volta and “Wax Simulcra”, should SINK or SWIM!