#liveformusic – Mastodon



Good things come to those that wait, and that's certainly the case with Mastodon and their sixth release, Once More 'Round The Sun. With guitarist Brent Hinds describing the new music as “really eerie" and “very spooky-sounding", June's release couldn't come soon enough.

And with the new album streaming in its entirety, this is one record you need to hear. Our favourite facial hair aficionados have gone for a raw, stripped back approach to their metal, with groove laden tracks left right and centre. We’re already two singles deep – High Road and The Motherload – and this is potentially Mastodon’s most accessible album to date. The prog, the doom and the sludge metal aspects are all there, thrown together to create 11 tracks of good old fashioned metal.

It’s apparent the band has drawn influence from a number of sources to put Once More ‘Round The Sun together, some less obvious than others. Guitarist Bill Kelliher has said that “We’re always trying to surprise ourselves and write something that’s new and fresh. There are a lot of different influences, from Alice In Chains to Deftones. There’s a lot of rock going on.”

But bands aside, there’s something a little more morbid behind album number six: death. “It always makes for really good story telling. It’s the kind of theme that we have a lot in our music. We’ve had a lot of friends pass away since the last record. I think we’re kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that’s sort of maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on.”

Gloom aside, drummer Brann Dailor has pretty much nailed the sound of the album, one we can’t quite put our finger on by stating the album is “gonna be massive and insane, lots of epic greatness. There will be lots of huge riffs and new directions. It’s real weird, real math-y, real straightforward. It’s up, down and all around. “ We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

And Dailor is back on vocals this time around, alongside long time collaborator Scott Kelly of Neurosis (on track Diamond In The Witch House), and it would appear Troy Sanders has used his time in supergroup Killer Be Killed well – his vocals sound as brutal as ever.

And with talk of a possible EP release later in the year, Mastodon really are spoiling us. Welcome back, guys.

Once More ‘Round The Sun is out now.

Find out more about Brent Hinds’ immense Marshall rig here, and Bill Kelliher’s here