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.

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Mastodon’s Troy Sanders To Play Bass For Thin Lizzy During Summer European Festivals

Thin Lizzy have announced that Mastodon’s Troy Sanders will be playing bass on their European festival dates. The rest of the band’s lineup will include: guitarist Scott Gorham, keyboardist Darren Wharton, vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, and drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest).

Gorham said the following:

“We are very happy to welcome Troy to the Lizzy family! We met a few years ago at Download festival and he’s a great guy and killer bass player to boot, so very happy he wanted to join us for the shows this summer.”

Warwick added:

“Mastodon are a fantastic band and knowing how much of a thin lizzy fan Troy is, he will be an amazing addition to the fold”

Sanders also commented:

“It’s no secret that Thin Lizzy has had a big influence on Mastodon’s music. Being asked to join them on stage is a big deal and true honor to me. I am really looking forward to it!”

Tour Dates:

07/28 Ebbw Vale, UK – Steelhouse Festival (“Black Rose” album set)
08/04 Macclesfield, UK – Rewind North Festival
08/08 Alicante, SPA – Leyendas Del Rock Festival
08/10 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcataraz Festival

Dub Trio Premiere New Video For “Fought The Line” Feat. Mastodon’s Troy Sanders

Dub Trio have premiered a new video for their new song “Fought The Line.” This track features Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and it will appear on the band’s new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come” (out April 26).

Sanders told Heavy Consequence the following:

“‘Fought The Line‘ references struggle. It comes from a poem that I wrote inspired by a conversation I had with cancer itself. I stared at a face of beautiful, soft skin and assured this face, ‘I will take care of you.’

We’re fighting one battle together. I’m right there, if things fall into my hands. The verses were therapy venting my anger. When people are fighting for their lives, it’s very easy to go off the line. If death is reeling you in, then you have to fight and do anything in your power to overcome it. I just wanted to be there to support.”

Dub Trio Post Preview For New Album “The Shape Of Dub To Come”

Dub Trio have posted a preview for their new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come.” That effort will be released on April 26 and it will feature a few guests including Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, who guested on the recently released song “World Of Inconvenience,” Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, who guested on “Fought The Line,” and Meshell Ndegeocello, who guested on “Forget My Name.“

Metal Allegiance Announce West Coast Fifth Anniversary Dates

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, have announced some fifth anniversary shows with Superfix and Weapons Of Anew. The group will be joined by special guests Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) will also perform at the Phoenix, AZ show and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) will perform at the San Francisco, CA show. Here’s the dates:

04/17 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
04/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
04/19 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
04/20 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Menghi said the following:

“Five years already? Geez… when I thought of the words ‘Metal Allegiance‘ in my local taco joint and the skeleton of a concept, I never imagined MA becoming what it has become. Only a few short months after that, we were on Motörhead‘s ‘Motorboat Cruise‘ and on that boat the future of MA as I knew it (well not at the time) is when everything changed as we thought ‘hey, lets write some music together’.

Well… 2 full-length albums, an EP and many memorable shows later we’re still intact and stronger than ever. I look forward to celebrating with everyone and hope to see many old faces and new ones at these special shows. Each gig is going to be different with some surprise guests planned for each city. In true MA fashion…Ya never know who is gonna show up?!?!”

Skolinick also commented:

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years! While MA has had some memorable one off concerts recently, tour dates have been relatively rare due to schedules. Now the stars have aligned to make this run of shows possible, including a strong lineup that’s touring together for the first time, some great venues and very special guests. Come celebrate with us!”

Ellefson continued:

“Most bands barely survive one album and a tour. So to go from our debut all star jam on Motorboat in 2014, to having full length releases and accompanying world tour dates under our belt, five years has packed a big loud punch from Metal Allegiance. I think it shows that great music and friendship have always been at the heart of Metal Allegiance so this five year milestone finds us a perfect celebration for just that!”

Portnoy added:

“5 years of hanging, jamming, thrashing, ball crushing and ball busting with this wrecking crew! I love being able to write, record and perform this music with these guys…it’s always a blast!”

Tronos (Napalm Death, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Birth Womb”

Tronos, the project led by Shame Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, etc.) and producer Russ Russell (At The Gates, Napalm Death), have premiered a new song titled “Birth Womb.” The group said the following:

“This song talks about sacrifice, betrayal of emotion and the process of feeling temporary defeat. But in experiencing these feelings you realise that you can be a stronger person for the experience, the knowledge that maybe you are not unique and we are all dealing with our personal trials on a day-to-day basis.”

“Birth Womb” is from the band’s debut album “Celestial Mechanics,” which will be released on April 12. It’s worth noting that Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork) handled the drumming for the effort and that it will also feature Faith No More’s Billy Gould (bass), Mastodon’s Troy Sanders (bass), Voivod’s Denis “Snake” Belanger (vocals), Nuclear Assault’s Dan Lilker (bass), and The Wonder Stuff’s Erica Nockalls (vocals/violin).

“Celestial Mechanics” Track Listing:

01. “Walk Among The Dead Things”
02. “Judas Cradle”
03. “The Ancient Deceit”
04. “The Past Will Wither And Die”
05. “A Treaty With Reality”
06. “Voyeurs Of Nature’s Tragedies”
07. “Birth Womb”
08. “Premonition”
09. “Beyond The Stream Of Conciousness”
10. “Johnny Blade” (Black Sabbath cover)

Primus Perform Peter Gabriel‘s “Intruder” With Mastodon & Tool Members

During their July 5 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Primus were joined onstage by Tool’s Danny Carey and Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and Troy Sanders for a performance of their cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Intruder.” You can see footage of that below: