Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON are putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2014's "Once More ‘Round The Sun". Once again, MASTODON has chosen to record with famed producer Brendan O'Brien, who first worked with the band on their 2009 groundbreaking concept album "Crack The Skye".
So what can one expect from MASTODON's seventh studio exploration? Well... never ones to repeat, MASTODON embrace the challenge to continually push themselves toward an elevated trajectory with each new release. Their fearless blend of styles, textures and concepts have created a sonic pathway all their own. Each band member contributes their personal genetic footprint into their collective sound that has not only inspired contemporaries but has alighted fans and critics to espouse their appreciation.
MASTODON recorded the new tracks just outside Atlanta while the mixing process will begin shortly in Los Angeles, with a view towards releasing the new album in the early part of the New Year.
Regarding the musical direction of MASTODON's next album, guitarist Bill Kelliher told GuitarMania: "It's a little bit of the same as the last album, but I think it goes even deeper in certain areas — a couple of more psychedelic parts, a little more technical parts. There are a couple of new places we haven't gone before. So it's just kind of a continuation of the last record to me, but even deeper."
"Once More 'Round The Sun" sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24, 2014 via Reprise Records.