Mastodon Announce European Shows With Kvelertak & Baroness

Mastodon have booked some headlining shows around their 2022 European festival appearances. The band will also be joined by Kvelertak and Baroness on select dates.

Tour Dates:

06/01 Leipzig, GER – Parkbuehne (feat. Kvelertak and Baroness)
06/02-04 Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/04 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/05 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/07 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
06/09 Tilburg, NET – O13
06/11 Castle Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/13 Dortmund, GER – FZW
06/14 Bremen, GER – Pier 2
06/17 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik (feat. Baroness)
06/21 Malmo, SWE – KB (feat. Baroness)
06/23 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/27 Vienna, AUT – Open Air (feat. Kvelertak and Baroness)
06/28 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory (feat. Kvelertak and Baroness)

Soundgarden, Municipal Waste, Etc. Members To Guest On New Mastodon Album “Hushed And Grim”

It looks like Mastodon’s new album, “Hushed And Grim” (out October 29), will feature a number of special guests. During an interview with Kerrang!, the group confirmed that Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Municipal Waste’s Dave Witte, Marcus King, João Nogueira, etc. will appear on the effort.

Drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor said the following about the new record, which was influenced by the death of the band’s manager Nick John:

“‘Hushed And Grim‘ is a mood. It’s about grief, about guilt, about all those fun feelings. It’s awful seeing your friend suffer like that and knowing there’s nothing that you can do. If you know, you know…”

Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders added:

“It’s about taking the factual, brutal darkness of a life’s moment, then really trying to navigate through and beyond it. Writing and recording this record was like grief counselling for me: started out feeling horrific, came out feeling fantastic. Even if we wanted to write a happier record, we couldn’t. Our band doesn’t work that way. We can’t just shovel all of the darkness aside and say that everything was great.”

On another note, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds mentioned that the group also recorded some “proggy punk-rock songs” and “long Sabbathy-sounding shit” during the “Hushed And Grim” sessions. The extra material might be used for another future release.

Opeth, Mastodon, And Zeal & Ardor Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Opeth and Mastodon will be teaming up for a co-headlining U.S. tour this fall. Zeal & Ardor will open.

Tour Dates:

11/16 Asheville, NC – Arena
11/18 Boston, MA – The Wang Theatre
11/19 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
11/20 New York City – Hammerstein Ballroom
11/21 Washington, DC – The Anthem
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/24 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
11/26 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/27 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
11/28 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
11/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
12/01 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
12/02 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
12/05 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

“Well, we’re about to start up the ole machine again after our longest (involuntary) break ever. We’ve kept rather silent during all this time. We haven’t done much press or public appearances. No streaming shows and of course, no ‘real’ shows. We’ve kept to ourselves, biding our time. Coming back to North America will be a treat, even if there are conflicting emotions.

We’ve become used to being out of sight. But playing live is such an integral part of being in this band. We need to get back out there to see if we still have it in us. Stepping out on a stage after all this time will surely be a nerve-wrecking experience, but we count on you to help us out. We’ll be traveling with familiar faces however. Together with our friends in Mastodon. But also with new acquaintances, Zeal & Ardor.

Going on tour during these times means serious restrictions of course. It will be strange in so many ways. But once we’re up there we trust the power of music will take over and make us feel secure. We collectively look forward to this (with a slight touch of pure fear).

To wrap this up: Won’t see you in the pub (unfortunately), but we sincerely hope to see you through the limelight. For us, this coming tour is already memorable. Odd!”

As previously reported, Mastodon will be releasing their new album “Hushed And Grim” on October 29, while Zeal & Ardor will be releasing their new self-titled album on February 11. Opeth have also since confirmed that they are planning to release a “connoisseur edition” of their latest album “In Cauda Venenum” on November 19. That effort has been remastered and it will be available in Swedish and English. It will also include a 16-page book illustrated by Travis Smith, a poster, and a bonus EP featuring the following tracks:

01. “Pöbeln” / “The Mob”
02. “Cirkelns Riktning” / “Width Of A Circle”
03. “Frihet & Tyranni” / “Freedom & Tyranny”

Åkerfeldt said following about that:

“During the pandemic we’ve put together a vinyl remaster ‘connoisseur’ edition of our latest album, ‘In Cauda Venenum‘ that features 3 (6 really, if you count both versions of each song) previously unreleased tracks from the sessions. These tracks have a high obscurity factor, but I’d like to think they are high quality. Quite different from the rest of the songs on the album, but quality nonetheless. Everything put together in a nice package, for your pleasure.”

Mastodon To Release New Album “Hushed And Grim” In October, Premiere “Pushing The Tides” Music Video

Mastodon have announced that their new album, “Hushed And Grim,” will be released on October 29. A video for the effort’s first single, “Pushing The Tides,” can be found below:

“Hushed And Grim” Track Listing:

01. “Pain With An Anchor”
02. “The Crux”
03. “Sickle And Peace”
04. “More Than I Could Chew”
05. “The Beast”
06. “Skeleton Of Splendor”
07. “Teardrinker”
08. “Pushing The Tides”
09. “Peace And Tranquility”
10. “Dagger”
11. “Had It All”
12. “Savage Lands”
13. “Gobblers Of Dregs”
14. “Eyes Of Serpents”
15. “Gigantium”

2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Cancelled

The 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has officially been cancelled due to flooding. The event was previously scheduled to take place at Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN on September 2-5.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo. While this weekend’s weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our tollbooth paths, and the campgrounds are flooded to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely.

We have done everything in our power to try to keep the show moving forward, but Mother Nature has dealt us a tremendous amount of rain over the past 24 hours, and we have run out of options to try to make the event happen safely and in a way that lives up to the Bonnaroo experience.

Please find ways to safely gather with your Bonnaroo community and continue to radiate positivity during this disappointing time. WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE FARM IN JUNE 2022!

All tickets purchased through Front Gate Tickets will be refunded in as little as 30 days to the original method of payment.”

Mastodon Added To 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Mastodon are among the latest additions to the 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. That event will take place at Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN on September 2-5 and it will also feature: Foo Fighters, Primus, Incubus, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Flogging Molly, The Struts, and more.

Mastodon’s “Fallen Torches” 12″ Picture Disc Will Now Be Released In August

Mastodon were planning to release a “Fallen Torches” 12″ picture disc for Record Store Day earlier this month, but it ended up getting delayed. Now, the effort is set to to hit independent record stores on August 13. The band issued the following statement:

“Hi All,

We were informed that there was a shipping issue that prevented the Fallen Torches picture disk from hitting the stores on the original planned release date, but there is a new plan! We are still working with the fine folks at Record Store Day and it will come out as a limited edition, indie store exclusive on August 13th. It’s like we get our own record store day, yay! Go out and support your local record store, more info below!

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”