Mastodon To Stream Acoustic Set From Georgia Aquarium

Mastodon have announced a special livestream show, which will find them playing an acoustic set at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. The virtual event will take place on July 15 and it will include exclusive commentary from the band. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Notably, $1 from each t-shirt bundle will go towards the Georgia Aquarium.

Mastodon Stream New Song “Forged By Neron” From “Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack”

Mastodon have premiered a new song titled “Forged By Neron.” This track is from the soundtrack to the DC Comics series “Dark Nights: Death Metal.” That compilation was executive produced by Tyler Bates and it will be released in digital outlets on June 18 (physical copies out July 16).

Mastodon‘s Brann Dailor commented:

“We are super excited and honored to be part of the ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack‘! We’ve all been fans of DC Comics and the Batman universe since we were kids, so it really means a lot for us to be able to add something to that world.”

Bates added:

“This soundtrack and motion-comic series was made by fans of comics, for fans of comics and music. ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal‘ is next-level storytelling by two incredibly talented artists in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The visual aspect of this comic is entirely compelling, and resonates throughout each song on the soundtrack.”

“Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack” Track Listing:

01. Mastodon – “Forged By Neron”
02. Chelsea Wolfe – “Diana”
03. HEALTH / Tyler Bates – “ANTI-LIFE” (feat. Deftones frontman Chino Moreno)
04. Maria Brink (In This Moment) / Tyler Bates – “Meet Me In Fire” (feat. Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack)
05. Grey Daze – “Anything, Anything”
06. Rise Against – “Broken Dreams, Inc.”
07. Manchester Orchestra – “Never Ending”
08. Denzel Curry / PlayThatBoiZay – “Bad Luck”
09. Carach Angren – “Skull With A Forked Tongue”
10. Starcrawler – “Good Time Girl”
11. GUNSHIP / Tyler Bates – “Berserker” (feat. ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo)
12. Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) / Tyler Bates / Gil Sharone – “Now You’ve Really Done It”
13. Show Me The Body – “Stone Cold Earth”
14. IDLES – “Sodium”
15. Soccer Mommy – “Kissing In The Rain”

Mastodon Mixing New Album

Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher has confirmed that producer David Bottrill is currently mixing the band’s new album. The effort is tentatively set to be released in September or October.

Kelliher told “Talking Metal” the following about working with Bottrill:

“Honestly, I hadn’t really heard of him before last year. We were kind of tossing around who we were gonna use for the new record. We have a couple of different producers that we like; I mean, we’ve liked everyone we’ve used in the past. But I think, with this record, we kind of were just, like, ‘We might need somebody new — somebody really fresh and brand new.’ And we got on the phone with David, and we had a couple of other people we had been talking to. With COVID and everything, a lot of people just weren’t available or willing to come to Atlanta.”

“When we got on the phone with David, he seemed like a great guy. He already had some of the demos, so he had all kinds of notes. That’s what you need a producer for — someone who kind of thinks outside the box. The four of you have been playing the same songs, demoing the same songs for so long, you’re kind of, like, ‘Is this even good anymore? I can’t really tell. Does it need something? I’m kind of lost.’ It’s like you can’t the forest through the trees. You’re, like, ‘What’s what? Everything’s upside down.’ So he came in and he was diligent. He had all kinds of notes written out. He had done his homework. And he was, like, ‘For this song, I have this idea. For this song, I have these ideas.’ And he kind of spouted them off to us on the phone. And I said, ‘Are you willing to come to Atlanta and work with us here, sight unseen, at our studio?’ And he was, like, ‘As long as the studio’s got the certain equipment that I need, and it’s a decent-sized room and everything…’ We had done a lot of other records there with other bands. And he was willing to come down.”

He continued:

“[I] wasn’t really into trying anything new, but the more I thought about it, I was, like, ‘You know, this record is really special, and it’s different, and times are different right now.'”

“David had a lot to do with steering the direction of a lot of the sounds and how it went, and he was a pleasure to work with. A couple of times a week, we talk. And he’d come over for dinner, and we’d all hang out. He’s just a down-to-earth guy and very approachable.”

Kelliher also added the following about Bottrill’s approach in the studio:

“I think 90 percent of being a good producer is really having a degree in psychology, almost. ‘Cause when you’re dealing with fragile egos… We’re band guys, we’re musicians, we pour our heart and soul into a musical riff, and it really means a lot to us. It’s just heartbreaking if somebody’s, like, ‘I don’t like that riff. That riff sucks. That’s not gonna be in the song.’ You can’t say that. You have to circumvent the obvious, like, ‘Man up and get rid of that riff. Write something better.’ And that was one of my first questions: ‘How do you deal with if there’s certain people in the band that might be more sensitive than others?’ And he’s, like, ‘I’ve worked with so and so and so and so.’ He’s, like, ‘I’m just a big fan of your band, and I just wanna make your best record that we set out to make.’ And he just had a really good way with words without insulting anybody’s creativeness. He was firm. And we basically tried everything. He said, ‘I don’t have a problem with trying anything at all. If you’re gonna do it, do it with gusto and just go for it and try it. If someone [goes], ‘Hey, I wanna try to sing here,’ ‘Hey, I wanna try to play a solo here,’ hey, let’s try it. Maybe it doesn’t fit, but we never know until we try it. So we all just kind of [went into it] with open minds, and the result is amazing. It’s the fullest-, biggest-sounding record we’ve done so far.”

He also confirmed that the group are “halfway through the mixing” process:

“[David will] mix a song every couple of days, and he’ll send it over to us in Dropbox. And we all listen to it. I go listen to it in the car, I listen to it in my studio, I listen to it on all kinds of different speakers to make sure that all the things and little details that I wanna hear are there. And we just kind of give him pointers and notes, like, ‘Hey, the snare needs a little more treble in this part,’ or, ‘I wanna hear the kick drum more right here,’ ‘Turn down the vocals in this chorus.’ And he’ll be, like, ‘Okay.’ He’ll get all the notes in Dropbox. Technology is pretty cool. He gets all the notes, and then he turns it around an hour later. He mixes everything in Pro Tools, so I think it’s pretty easy just to save, that’s the way it was, and then go back to something [when needed].”

As far as release plans, he added:

“Well, I was hoping for summer, but I think the powers that be are pushing it back till October maybe — September [or] October.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mastodon Celebrate 21st Anniversary

Mastodon have shared a new video in celebration of their 21st anniversary. You can check that out below. Furthermore, the group have also launched a 21-track playlist and a contest in which fans can win a merch bundle. The band commented:

“Mastodon is officially of drinking age! Yay! Thanks to all of our supporters who have stuck in with us over the years, and for the new ones, welcome to they party! It’s been a crazy journey so far! Can’t wait for the day we get to play live for ya! Until then, we’ll keep working away on new music.”

Mastodon Might Record Two New Albums If The COVID-19 Pandemic Persists For A Long Time

Mastodon recently started the recording process for their new album, but after its finished the band may not stop there. The group had a lot of material going into the sessions and they are considering working on another record if the COVID-19 pandemic persists for a long time.

Brann Dailor told Full Metal Jackie the following about the excess material [via Loudwire]:

“It is a good problem to have. It’s also a little bit stressful because I feel we have had too much time off. Like a lot of groups, we have had too much time and we’re constantly working. We had the shut down for a couple of months, but we’re back at it.

I guess it’s a good thing we’re still wanting to come down here and wanting to work on our 20-year-old project that we have been calling Mastodon. It’s exciting to me because every time you go to approach writing new stuff, you say, ‘Well, when is this well going to dry up? When are we going to go looking and can’t find it anymore?’

That is always a fear that a lot of musicians and artists go through.

Sometimes you do have a mild case of writer’s block or maybe you have a severe case of writer’s block. That isn’t the case with us, luckily. We have an abundance of material and a lot of really great things. The hardest part is going to be picking the ones that go on the actual album because there are too many songs at this point. We want to put maybe 10-12 songs on the album and we have like 30.”

He also added:

“That’s a lot. That’s too much [laughs] but I think it is coming into focus now. The ones that we are wanting to play more than the other ones, those are the ones that are going to make it. But even with the ones we are really, really digging there are still too many of those — there are like 20 of those.

There is always room for new ideas too. We were jamming the other day and we had like 30 songs we could be running through and we started writing something brand new. It’s like, “STOP!” …but don’t stop as well.

As much as I think it’s kind of not the best to have one in the chamber, I don’t necessarily think it’s great for us to release a double album. I don’t see the problem recording a full length album and then because of the fact that we are not going to be able to go on tour immediately, record another full length album not far after.

I think that that’s a possibility that we will have an abundance of music and we will have an abundance of stuff that we really dig that we can release to the public while we are still in this muck.”

Brann Dailor Says Mastodon Have Demoed 30 Songs For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with 100.3 The X Rocks, Brann Dailor talked a bit about the new Mastodon album. The band are planning to enter the studio later this month and Dailor says they “have, like, 30 songs demoed” and that they “need to pare it down to about 12.”

Dailor said the following:

“We have way too much material, which I guess is a good thing, but also it’s very difficult for us to narrow it down at this point. We’ve had so much time — as everyone has [during the coronavirus pandemic] — to be creative and be in the studio and write new stuff that now we have, like, 30 songs demoed, and we need to pare it down to about 12.”

He continued when asked how the group choose which tracks make the cut:

“We need an outside entity to come in that we trust to say, ‘These are the songs,’ but that’s probably not gonna happen, so it’s gonna be up to us to put our big-boy pants on and make a decision. But there’s a few different ways that we could do things, so we are just sort of debating those things. Okay, all these songs kind of sound like they’re all friends, they all are similar-ish — they sort of have the same vibe, like a more doomy vibe, a more doom side of Mastodon. So we kind of like that idea — it’s kind of cool; we like that — but also there’s some rippers that we don’t wanna leave out. And so we’re kind of discussing whether or not, do we wanna do a full kind of doom-leaning album and then, a few months down the road, record the rippers and put a ripper album out? I don’t know. So we’re still sort of deciding how we wanna approach it.”

[via Blabbermouth]