Hyro The Hero & Ego Kill Talent Drop Off Welcome To Rockville Festival, Butcher Babies Eva Under Fire, & WHIT3 COLLR Added

Butcher Babies, Eva Under Fire, and WHIT3 COLLR have been added to the 2021 Welcome To Rockville festival. Their additions come after Hyro The Hero and Ego Kill Talent were forced to drop off the event. Welcome To Rockville will take place at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL on November 11-14 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

November 11: Slipknot, A Day To Remember, Cypress Hill, Stone Temple Pilots, Gojira, Grandson, Dorothy, Dead Sara, Spiritbox, Jeris Johnson, Brass Against, Teenage Wrist, Nascar Aloe, Siiickbrain, Dana Dentata, Blame My Youth, and Contracult Collective.

November 12: Metallica, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Chevelle, Pennywise, Beartooth, Starset, Wage War, Ice Nine Kills, Ayron Jones, Amigo The Devil, Bad Omens, Zero 9:36, Butcher Babies, Tallah, Austin Meade, Eva Under Fire, and WHIT3 COLLR.

November 13: Disturbed, The Offspring, Staind, Lamb Of God, Asking Alexandria, GWAR, Badflower, Fever 333, Atreyu, Crown The Empire, Sick Puppies, 3TEETH, All Good Things, Joyous Wolf, Fame On Fire, Dead Poet Society, Reach NYC, and Brkn Love.

November 14: Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mudvayne, Mastodon, Anthrax, Falling In Reverse, Dance Gavin Dance, Sleeping With Sirens, Code Orange, Jelly Roll, Fire From The Gods, The Warning, Goodbye June, Alien Weaponry, Avoid, Hero The Band, and Survive The Sun.

Troy Sanders Says Mastodon Are Working On A Possible Collaboration With Men At Work’s Colin Hay

During a recent appearance on “The Eddie Trunk Podcast,” Mastodon’s Troy Sanders revealed that the band are working on a possible collaboration with Men At Work’s Colin Hay. There isn’t too many details yet, but Sanders did confirm that they are “working on something now.”

Sanders said the following when discussing how the potential collaboration came about:

“I reached out to him a few years ago because I wanted to cover one of his songs, and he was aware of our band which blew me away. [I] arranged a meeting when he came through Atlanta a few years ago, and we just sat down and swapped ideas. One of his quotes to me was beautiful when we were talking about potentially collaborating, and he said ‘if your band has the enthusiasm then I am interested in collaborating. I wanna play with people who are enthusiastic.'”

He also added:

“That was very true, but it just struck me as ‘wow. The fire in his belly has yet to be extinguished as well,’ which is kinda the way I feel about me and my bandmates. You can see it in his eyes when he plays and you can hear it in his soul.”

This news comes as Mastodon are preparing to release their new album “Hushed And Grim” on October 29.

[via Metal Injection]

Watch Mastodon, High On Fire, And YOB Members Cover Mountain’s “Never In My Life”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds has joined forces with Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Coady Willis (High On Fire, Big Business), and Aaron Rieseberg (YOB) for a cover of Mountain’s “Never In My Life.” You can check that out below.

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.

Whores. & Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Team Up For Cover Of AC/DC’s “Have A Drink On Me”

Whores. and Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher have released a cover of AC/DC‘s “Have A Drink On Me.” This track is from Magnetic Eye Records‘ “Back In Black“ tribute album, which will be released on December 3 alongside another AC/DC tribute album called “Best Of AC/DC [Redux].” Whores.’s Christian Lembach commented:

“I grew up listening to AC/DC, like everyone else. They were one of the first bands I heard that felt like a real rock and roll band, totally divorced from artifice. I still listen to them regularly, and we start every tour with ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)‘ because it’s true. One of the most important bands in my life. I was a little concerned with the song we covered, because it’s very different from our style. We just asked ourselves, ‘What would Harvey Milk do?’ It was pretty easy after that.”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

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 – ExploreAsheville.com 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”

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor To Release New Book Of Clown Illustrations “101 Clowns Of The Coronavirus”

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor has teamed up with Revolver to release a new book called “101 Clowns Of The Coronavirus.” The effort will feature various clown illustrations that Dailor drew during the pandemic, as well as commentary from Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, Deftones‘ Chino Moreno, Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe, and more. Pre-orders are available HERE and they are expected to ship by October 4.

Dailor commented:

“The clowns kept me from spiraling out during all the uncertainty. They kept me from sinking into a deep depression or experiencing crippling anxiety. The clowns were perfect for that — even the dark ones.”

He also added:

“I’d get up every day and have my glass of water, two tangerines and a cup of coffee. Then I’d crack the sketchbook open. In my notes on my phone, I probably had 10 or 15 clown ideas I could pull from if I hadn’t thought of something the night before. The thing that I came to find out is that anything is clown-able. The clown is such an icon that you can turn anything into a clown.”