Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have finished recording the follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun". Once again, MASTODON worked with famed producer Brendan O'Brien, who first collaborated with the band on their 2009 groundbreaking concept album "Crack The Skye".
MASTODON recorded the new disc in Atlanta before moving to Los Angeles for the mixing stage. An early 2017 release is expected.
MASTODON bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders tells Metal Hammer: "We've got it in the bag. We're just putting a timeline together of when and where. So that's all coming together now. So 2017's going to be an incredibly busy and fruitful year in the world of MASTODON MASTODON. I'm fortunate to be able to say that. I'm very excited for what the New Year will bring."
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.