Atlanta hard rock giants MASTODON will issue their first official DVD and a collection of their earliest recordings in February through Relapse Records.
The DVD, entitled "The Workhorse Chronicles", features over three hours of exclusive MASTODON footage. The set contains in-depth interviews with each band member, candid behind-the-scenes shots from the band's personal video archives and a career spanning range of live performances — including rare footage of the band in their initial form as a five piece through to sold-out clubs worldwide. Bassist Troy Sanders comments, "We had been wanting to do a DVD for awhile, and figured that with all that has happened now would be the right time to document our early years. Consider it [the DVD] an invitation to walk the paths we've traveled and see what lies ahead."
"The Workhorse Chronicles" is set for a February 21 release in North America (February 28 in Europe).
MASTODON will also issue "Call of the Mastodon", a remixed and remastered collection of their first-ever recording session, in February. Comprised of the first nine tracks the young quartet had ever written, "Call of the Mastodon" is an audio document of a then-new band finding its own space. Sanders describes "Call of the Mastodon" as "the first real monster we ever created. It's the original beast laid to tape complete with the dirt and drive." The nine tracks (some of whose original recordings comprised the "Lifesblood" mini-CD) were remixed and remastered by original engineer Matt Washburn at Atlanta's Ledbelly Sound, and will feature all new packaging courtesy of the band's longtime artist Paul Romano.
"Call of the Mastodon" is set for a February 7 release in North America (January 30 in Europe).