Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON will film a video for the song "High Road" on Saturday, May 24 in the Los Angeles area. The band is looking for "both eccentric character actors and real-life Live Action Role Playing enthusiasts." The group adds: "We are looking for elves, orcs, wizards, rangers, mages, knights! Experience with 'LARP' combat a huge plus. Preferably 18+. Come in your own LARPer costumes or MASTODON-themed LARPer costumes!"
If interested in taking part in the video shoot, please send your name, e-mail, phone number, age and recent photo to: [email protected]
"High Road" is taken from MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", which will be released on June 24 via Reprise Records. The follow-up to 2011's "The Hunter" was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS.
Also available on June 24 will be a stunning deluxe 2LP vinyl edition of "Once More 'Round The Sun". This limited edition will include two discs pressed onto 180-gram black vinyl housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by renowned Oakland-based artist Skinner, who specializes in "psychedelic nightmare paintings," plus a CD of the complete album. The package will include four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork.
Those who preorder the deluxe vinyl edition will be entitled to bonus digital content: An instant download of "High Road", plus another album track delivered digitally prior to street date, and a download of the entire album delivered digitally on street date.
In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect.com, MASTODON guitarist Bill Kelliher stated about "High Road". "I wrote the music. The lyrics were written by [MASTODON drummer] Brann Dailor. It was a riff I wrote in my sober time. I was feeling really good about it. I actually wrote it on a James Hetfield model ESP. It's the 'Snake Bite' guitar.
"I was sitting in my hotel room in Luxembourg because we had a couple of days off there.
"It's a very simple, easy, and heavy riff. I didn't think it would catch on with anybody else, but Brann was, like, 'I hear some really cool vocals there!' It just blossomed into this huge six-minute song with cool leads. They're not solos, but leads in the middle of the song I put together my song. It's something I worked really hard on.
"It's new and fresh."
"Once More 'Round The Sun" track listing:
01. Tread Lightly
02. The Motherload
03. High Road
04. Once More 'Round The Sun
05. Chimes At Midnight
06. Asleep In The Deep
07. Feast Your Eyes
08. Aunt Lisa
09. Ember City
11. Diamond In The Witch House (feat. Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS)