Brann Dailor Says Mastodon Have “Too Much Material” For Their New Album

During an interview with BallZach of Razor 94.7 104.7, Mastodon’s Brann Dailor talked a bit about the band’s new album plans. According to him, the group actually have “too much material” for the effort.

Dailor said the following:

“We have a song that we wrote, and we recorded it. We have done so much touring — for ‘Emperor [Of Sand]’, and then we did this ‘Crack The Skye‘ [anniversary] tour with Coheed that we just got off of, and then we just had, like, a week and a half or two weeks in between, and then these two festivals — but this is it.

We have one festival in October, but we have a couple months [off now], and we’re kind of chomping at the bit to get in there and put together some of the ideas that have been swirling around. There’s lots of riffs; there’s lots of material. There’s too much material, so we need to get in there and start chipping away at that giant hunk of granite and hopefully produce a beautiful sculpture for all to see.”

The band were previously planning to release a new song with Neurosis‘ Scott Kelly earlier this year, but things didn’t end up working out.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Mastodon Tease Visuals For “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Tour

Mastodon have shared a three minute video to tease the animated movie that they are using on the LED screens during their ongoing “Crack The Skye” 10th anniversary tour. You can check that out below:

Mastodon Share Part Six Of “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Video Series

Mastodon have shared the sixth episode of their “Crack The Skye” 10th anniversary video series. The latest clip focuses on Brent Hinds’ 2007 altercation at the MTV Video Music Awards, which left him in a coma. At the time, it was reported that Hinds got into a drunken fight with Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down) and William Hudson. However, members of the band have since said Odadjian’s role in the fight was not as significant as Hudson’s role. On another note, Mastodon are performing “Crack The Skye” in full on their current tour with Coheed And Cambria and Every Time I Die.

Mastodon Share Part Five Of “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Video Series

Mastodon have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Crack The Skye” with a video series focusing on the making of the album. You can check out the fifth part of the series below. As previously reported, the band will also perform the effort in full on their upcoming tour with Coheed And Cambria and Every Time I Die.

Mastodon’s Troy Sanders: “I Would Imagine That We’ll Work [On A New Album] In The Fall”

During a recent interview with Heavy Consequence, Troy Sanders was asked about Mastodon’s new album plans. According to him, the group will probably work on the effort this fall.

Sanders said the following when asked about the band’s plans to work on a new album earlier this year:

“Well that was the intention. We just completed the European tour in February and months ago, it felt like that would be a good stopping point of the ‘Emperor Of Sand‘ touring cycle. But then this opportunity came up to co-headline with Coheed, so we decided this would make sense and it would be the 10th anniversary of ‘Crack The Skye‘, so we decided to take the summer tour.

So, instead of writing a new album, instead of diving head first into new new material right now, we’ve kind of just been enjoying a little home time and then rehearsing a lot of old material for this set that we’re doing this summer. So, we don’t really talk about it or mark the calendar, but just knowing how our band’s operated for the past 19 years, once we recover and enjoy some home time after the summer tour, we’ll probably, all four of us, I imagine, will be very excited to dive head first into new material.

And we never put timelines on us. We never put those restrictions on ourselves. We just want everyone to be excited about it. So it needs to come naturally. But I would imagine that we’ll work [on a new album] in the fall of this year.”

It’s worth noting that Mastodon were previously planning to release a new song with Scott Kelly this year, but “some circumstances” got in the way of that.

In other news, the band’s cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven“ will officially receive a digital release on May 17.

Mastodon Share Part Four Of “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Video Series

Mastodon have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Crack The Skye” with a video series focusing on the making of the album. You can check out the fourth part of the series below. As previously reported, the band will also perform the effort in full on their upcoming tour with Coheed And Cambria and Every Time I Die.

Listen To Mastodon’s Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

Mastodon recently paid tribute to their late manager Nick John by releasing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” on vinyl as part of this year’s Record Store Day. That track has since leaked online and can be heard below:

The band previously commented:

“In early September 2018, we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John. He was essentially the band’s Dad. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there. Every single move we made went through him first as our trust in him was marrow deep. His favorite band besides us and Gojira, was Led Zeppelin.

We were asked to perform ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ at his funeral. Afterward, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on Record Store Day as a tribute to Nick with all the proceeds to be donated to pancreatic cancer research. We would not be the band we are today without the help of Nick John. We miss him dearly and think of him always. We love you buddy.

The limited edition 10-inch vinyl features the Studio Version on Side A and a Live Version on Side B. It will be available in participating independent retailers on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

All of the proceeds benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.”