MASTODON Drummer Talks About New Album, Illegal Music Downloading

MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor told Katie Hasty of Billboard.com that the group's switch from Relapse to Reprise hasn't affected the its progressive sound or aggressive touring schedule. In fact, according to Dailor, "Blood Mountain" may be MASTODON's riskiest effort yet.

"It's technically more difficult," he told Billboard.com. "The songs are really hard to play. We needed an extra month to rehearse before we recorded."

The follow-up to 2004's "Leviathan" comes on the heels of buzz-building tours with SLAYER and SLIPKNOT, as well as a stint on Ozzfest. "After we got done recording, it was the first time since 'Leviathan' that my brain could take a rest," Dailor said. "But when Reprise signed us, of course they want a record. We didn't force the music to come out or anything, but at the end of the day, you're contractually bound to make one in a certain amount of time."

The band has also made headlines lately in its effort to keep "Blood Mountain" from leaking to illegal downloading sites. Recently, Reprise was able to track down an English music retail worker who made all the tracks available on his web site, and had him fired.

"I think it's ridiculous that he thought it was O.K. to do that. We're not taking the stance that stealing our record is taking food from our kids' mouths or anything because, chances are, we won't make that kind cash selling this record. Our money comes from touring and selling T-shirts," Dailor explains. "One of the main reasons [we're against illegal downloading] is that it's not a good copy. It is sh*tty compared to what it should be. It's not the way the record should be heard."

Read more at Billboard.com.

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