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Mastodon in the Studio With Producer Mike Elizondo Recording Follow-Up to Ground-Breaking Concept Album “Crack The Skye”


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

Heavy rock innovators MASTODON are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their ground-breaking concept album Crack The Skye,one of the most critically lauded albums of the past decade:

“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
06/06 Gurensoan Hamburg, GER*
06/07 FZM Dortmund, 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
06/13 Grieghallen Bergen, 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
06/26 Graspop Dessel, BEL
06/28 Patronaat Haarlem, HOL
06/29 Metropol Hengelo, HOL
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*
07/06 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, GER*
07/08 Sonisphere Festival Amneville, FRA
07/09 Sonisphere Festival Stockholm, SWE
07/10 Sonisphere Festival Knebworth, UK
07/12 C-Club Berlin, GER*
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.

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