MASTODON Debuts Three New Songs At BONNAROO; Video Available

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON debuted three brand new songs during their performance yesterday (Saturday, June 14) at Manchester, Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Professionally filmed video footage of the new tracks which are reportedly titled "Oblivion", "Ghost of Karilla", and "Divination" can be viewed below. (UPDATE: Links to clips removed at MASTODON management's request.)

MASTODON's new album is rumored to be based on the life of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (a.k.a. "Mad Monk"), a Russian mystic who is perceived as having influenced the later days of the Russian Czar Nicholas II, his wife the Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their only son the Tsarevich Alexei. His image, as well as the official teaser image for MASTODON's upcoming album, can be seen below.

MASTODON's new CD is being recorded in Atlanta with producer Brendan O'Brien. Drummer Brann Dailor told that so far, "everything sounds real creepy and spaced out and different." He was particularly enthused about a 15-minute jam dubbed "The Last Baron", which happily, O'Brien had no interest in making shorter or changing.

"There's so many toys to play with over at his studio, like pipe organs and all this crazy sh*t," said Dailor, who was introduced to O'Brien through Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg (his son is a big MASTODON fan). "There are little cool things we're going to do to the record that we've been wanting to do for a long time."

A recent "The Metal File" podcast from Montreal's CHOM-FM featured an audio interview with MASTODON bassist Troy Sanders. Download it at this location.

MASTODON teaser image for new CD:

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (a.k.a. "Mad Monk"):


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