Mastodon Members Head To Washington To Advocate For Music Modernization Act

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher are among the musicians in Washington avocating for the Music Modernization Act, which “combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid.” That bill was passed by a House Judiciary Committee and is currently awaiting approval by the House Of Representatives. You can read more about the bill in a new Variety article by Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Doug Collins (R-Ga).

[via The PRP]

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury Talks About His Upcoming Side Projects With Mastodon, Faith No More, Etc. Members

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury was recently interviewed on The Void With Christina and discussed two side projects he has in the works with members of Mastodon and more. You can watch the full interview and read some excerpts below:

Embury said the following about Tronos, which involves Napalm Death producer Russ Russell, Faith No More‘s Billy Gould, Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders, and a member of Voivod:

“One project, for about five years, I’ve been working on with a guy who produces our records [Russ Russell,] it’s got kind of a doomyish, doomy, weird, shoegazing, doomy kind of music. Billy [Gould] from Faith No More plays bass on some of the tracks, Troy [Sanders] from Mastodon, a guy from Voivod on guitar. ‘Cause the guy who produces our albums, he’s part of it so, we can record for free. So he’s been zoning out on it forever. It’s called Tronos—which is just Spanish for ‘thrones’—I nicked it from a ‘Game Of Thrones‘ DVD in Spanish.

Russ Russell, the guy who produces the Napalm albums and stuff, and all the stuff that I’ve been involved with, he’s got quite a graphic deal as well… So he’s got lots of visual stuff going on and if we can pull it off I’d like to play the ‘Roadburn Festival‘ in Holland, cause then you’d be able to do the projections. And because of the people involved I can only imagine doing the odd show here and there.”

He also said the following about another project, which features Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, along with ex-Brutal Truth frontman Kevin Sharp:

“Kevin [Sharp] probably didn’t mention that me and him are doing a project with Bill and Bran from Mastodon. Well, he’s got about three million riffs now, we’ve just gotta try to arrange them into songs, it’s heavy stuff. We demoed it in Bill‘s studio, ’cause Kevin built Bill‘s studio for him. Kevin‘s a grindcore carpenter. So we just got a buncha riffs there, it’s a case of trying to work it out, it’s gonna take awhile.”

On another note, he also talked a bit about Napalm Death’s new material:

“It’s fast. But there’s also a lot of weird… Hopefully some—I don’t want to say experimental—but hopefully once it’s done it will go in a few different directions.”

“I don’t want to say noise—there might be some stuff like that—but there’s like a couple of mid-paced Killing Joke-esque influences. So hopefully we veer off in a few directions and hopefully it will make the album, a bit… it will still be abrasive, but not constantly fast all the time.

There is some extremely fast stuff, but ya know… We’ve all been kind of like ticking away every album, trying a little bit of this, a little bit of that, so each step… So this one will be the most diverse one yet, I hope.”

[via The PRP]

Mastodon Members Appear On “Game Of Thrones” Season Finale

It looks like Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher appeared on the season finale of “Game Of Thrones” tonight (August 27). Metal Injection have shared the below image, which appears to show them as white walkers. This shouldn’t be too surprising, considering Brann Dailor made an appearance earlier this season, and the fact that the band were turned into white walkers after getting killed in season 5.

Slaves On Dope Tease New Song “Interplanetary Mission” Feat. Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher

Slaves On Dope hposted a teaser of their mew song “Interplanetary Mission” featuring Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher. The track will be on the band’s new album “Horse,” which will be released on September 9.

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“Horse” Track Listing:

01. “Electric Kool-Aid”
02. “Health Food & Heroin”
03. “Freebasing”
04. “K-Hole”
05. “Script Writer” (feat. Run DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels)
06. “Interplanetary Mission” (feat. Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher)
07. “Liquid Sunshine” (feat. Bad Brain’s HR)
08. “Codependency” (feat. Lee-La Baum)
09. “P&P”
10. “Disco Biscuit“

Mastodon, Bad Brains, Run DMC, Etc. Members To Guest On New Slaves On Dope Album

Slaves On Dope have revealed the track listing for their new album “Horse.” the effort will feature members of Mastodon, Bad Brains, Run DMC, and Lee-La Baum, and it will be released on September 9.

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“Horse” Track Listing:

01. “Electric Kool-Aid”
02. “Health Food & Heroin”
03. “Freebasing”
04. “K-Hole”
05. “Script Writer” (feat. Run DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels)
06. “Interplanetary Mission” (feat. Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher)
07. “Liquid Sunshine” (feat. Bad Brain’s HR)
08. “Codependency” (feat. Lee-La Baum)
09. “P&P”
10. “Disco Biscuit“