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Mastodon

Formed: 2000
From: Atlanta, GA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Mastodon News

Below is our complete Mastodon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Mastodon Releasing "Black Blood" Coffee

In honor of new album "Once More 'Round The Sun," Mastodon will be releasing "Black Blood" coffee. The following press release was also issued:

"The year is 2420, techno-organic life forms rule the earth, the cyborg Mastodon seeks vengeance against the Clovis people for the genocide of his kind. The terrestrial leviathan fuels himself with Black Blood, as he prepares to enter the time portal known as the Dark Matter Machine.

"Through the power vested in Black Blood, the Mastodon shall reclaim its throne of world domination. Dark Matter Coffee and Mastodon are ecstatic to present this colossal coffee, Black Blood. It is composed of our infamous Unicorn Blood aged in Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey barrels and is limited to 2000 world wide.

"Clovis Blood is the product of revenge. After traveling back in time to the age of the Clovis people, the cyborg-mastodons would bottle their vengeance with the very same tusks their ancestors were annihilated for. These bottles, until now, were exclusively used to re-fuel their hatred for the Clovis people. The Blood of Clovis will be available in hand-made, wax dipped iced coffee bomber, limited to 500 bottles.

"Both will be unleashed September 8th, via Dark Matter Coffee's website and retail locations." More...

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Party Smasher Inc. Interviews Brent Hinds

Party Smasher Inc. - the musician / artist / photography site created by Dillinger Escape plan's Ben Weinman - has released a new video interview with Mastodon's Brent Hinds, which can be seen below. Party Smasher also comments:

"Mastodon started in 1999; a couple of years after the Dillinger Escape Plan. Fifteen years later, Brent Hinds and Ben Weinman surprisingly still bear each other enough to start a brand new project together as GTO, the Giraffe Tongue Orchestra.

"For this 1-on-1 between the two, Brent Hinds recollects how he was just listening to 'devil music' for his parents before he became one of Satan's worst rejects himself a few years later with Mastodon, and the upcoming GTO. " More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 21

This week, our Official Podcast experienced something of a change.

As regular co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) is away in Europe, long time writer, Diamond Oz (who is ironically, from and residing in Europe) filled in for him to discuss with Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) some of the biggest stories of late.

They begin by talking about the new Cannibal Corpse material, before discussing the forthcoming Slayer tour of North America, where they will be joined by Exodus and Suidical Tendencies and then wrapping things up with an in depth discussion about the new Mastodon album, "Once More 'Round the Sun."

Check out the podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Islander To Play Aftershock Festival

Islander is excited to officially announce its participation in the Aftershock Festival 2014 on September 13th at Sacramento’s Discovery Park.

The lineup can be seen in the poster below, and full details about tickets, military discounts, hotel and VIP packages and more are available at this location (save $10 by using the password "SACROX").

Other confirmed bands include Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, and more.

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Mastodon Announces New "Remission" Version

Mastodon just released new album "Once More 'Round the Sun," and now Relapse Records is proud to present a deluxe reissue of the band's seminal debut LP "Remission."

Over a decade after its release, "Remission" remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the full cooperation of the band.

The album will see it’s reissue on August 5th (N. America), August 4th (UK/World), and August 1st (Germany/Benelux/Finland) on CD and a deluxe 2xLP boxset. More...

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Mastodon Premieres New Music Video "High Road"

Mastodon premiered the music video for then new track "High Road" over at Pitchfork at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "Once More 'Round the Sun," which drops on June 24th.

The video tells the epic tale of nerd battles and LARPing and was directed by Roboshobo. The track list for the album is:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight (see visual representation video)
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11. Diamond In the Witch House

Check out "High Road" here: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 18

The time is fast approaching for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th, and we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast are offering a free ticket giveaway to South Florida residents or anyone else able and willing to attend. Anyone interested should email podcast@metalunderground.com with the subject "DEVILDRIVER," and provide your name (matching your ID).

This week: vocalist Paul "Ablaze" Zinay (Blackguard) and bassist Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) of Montreal, Quebec have formed a new group known as Ages. The two tracks so far released are titled "Heinous Nemesis" and "Resounding Negation," featuring members of Epica and HateSphere as guests. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers his opinion on the band's sound and potential appeal.

Next: Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) react to two freshly released singles: "Chimes At Midnight" from Atlanta's Mastodon and "Cusp Of Eternity" from Sweden's Opeth. Both songs are taken from the eagerly anticipated upcoming albums "Once More 'Round The Sun" and "Pale Communion," respectively.

Finally, it would behoove us to sadly acknowledge the unsurprising but tragic announcement that the late Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) of GWAR did indeed succumb to a fatal heroin overdose.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Sonisphere Festival 2014

Sonisphere Festival returned to Finland last week, to start off the festival season in Helsinki with a bang! Despite the fact that it is Spring and we’ve had hot weather rivaling the Mediterranean this year; we were instead treated to a cold downpour, which only the bravest of metal fans dared endure. Despite the less then summery weather, the turnout was dense, though admittedly covered in less then festive rainwear.

The dark sky was a glaring contrast to the laid back vibe of the festival hosted by Live Nation. Still the atmosphere remained upbeat; as Metallica and Slayer were to be headlining; and the instinct to nest indoors was trampled by the drive to see two such legends live! More...

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Mastodon Streaming New Track

Mastodon today releases another new track from upcoming album "Once More 'Round The Sun," which is due out June 24th, 2014.

Check out a visual representation of the song "Chimes At Midnight" below. The full album's track listing is:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road (streaming here)
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11. Diamond In the Witch House More...

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Aftershock Festival 2014 Lineup Announced

The third annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival returns to Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento September 13th & 14th, 2014,

The lineup includes Godsmack, Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Chevelle, AWOLNATION, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and many more.

After last year’s festival (sold-out with 32,000 in attendance), the festival is expanding to four stages in 2014, offering more bands than ever.

The daily band lineup for is as follows (with more bands to be announced on July 1st):

Saturday, September 13

Weezer, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, AWOLNATION, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Pepper, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Memphis May Fire, Fuel, Dead Sara, Nothing More, The Last Internationale, Butcher Babies, Emmure, Sleepwave, Anti-Mortem, Eyes Set To Kill, Viza, Dig The Kid

Sunday, September 14

Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Black Stone Cherry, KYNG, Otherwise, Lacuna Coil, Redlight King, We Are Harlot, Burn Halo, Crossfaith, New Medicine, Cilver

Ticket info can be found at the official Monster Energy Aftershock festival website here. More...

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Mastodon Posts Preview Of New Track

Mastodon has released a preview of the new track "Chimes At Midnight," which can be heard exclusively over at the Mastodon Facebook profile here.

The track comes by way of upcoming album "Once More 'Round The Sun," and if you pre-order the album you'll receive an instant download of "Chimes At Midnight" on June 3rd. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11 Diamond In the Witch House More...

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Mastodon Reveals New Album Details

After streaming the new single "High Road" online (still available here), Mastodon has now revealed the band's upcoming full-length album "Once More 'Round The Sun" is due for release on June 24th.

Pre-orders are now available at this location, and the track listing will be as follows:

1. Tread Lightly
2. The Motherload
3. High Road
4. Once More 'Round the Sun
5. Chimes At Midnight
6. Asleep In the Deep
7. Feast Your Eyes
8. Aunt Lisa
9. Ember City
10. Halloween
11 Diamond In the Witch House

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Mastodon Releases New Single

Mastodon has finished work on a new album to be titled "Once More Around The Sun" as the band gears up for a U.S. tour with Gojira and Kvelertak in May. This album follows previous full-length "The Hunter" (reviewed here).

To give a taste of the forthcoming album, a new single titled "High Road" is now available at iTunes here. More...

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Exodus Playing Rock On The Range

The Rock On The Range festival will bring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and many more to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 & 18.

To guarantee that festival-goers will experience true, blistering heavy metal during this monumental weekend, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus are also confirmed to bring on the brutality, Saturday, May 17th!

Gary Holt states, “Exodus is super fired up to announce our participation in the year’s Rock On The Range! It’s our honor to share the stage with so many amazing artists and we will do our best to see to it that shit hits the proverbial fan when we take the stage!”

The full lineup consists of: More...

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Mastodon Posts Preview Of "Live At Brixton"

On December 10th, Atlanta's Mastodon will release the new live album "Live at Brixton" as a digital only release. The album will feature the band's performance from February 11, 2012 at London's O2 Academy, Brixton, which capped off the band's world tour for the fifth studio album, "The Hunter." The sold out performance was the band's first show at Brixton. In addition to performing newer tracks like "Curl of the Burl," "Black Tongue," and "Dry Bone Valley," the band dug into their back catalog performing "Colony of Birchmen," "Capillarian Crest," and "Iron Tusk."

The track list is:

1. Dry Bone Balley
2. Black Tongue
3. Cystal Skull
4. I Am Ahab
5. Capillarian Crest
6. Colony of Birchmen
7. Megalodon
8. The Thickening
9. Blasteroid
10. Sleeping Giant
11. Ghost of Karelia
12. All the Heavy Lifting
13. Spectrelight
14. Curl of the Burl
15. Bedazzled Fingernails
16. Circle of Cysquatch
17. Aqua Dementia
18. Crack the Skye
19. Where Strides the Behemoth
20. Iron Tusk
21. March of the Fireants
22. Blood and Thunder
23. The Creature

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Rocksmith 2014 Song List Revealed

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...

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Mastodon To Record New Album

Mastodon has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new full-length album:

"Mastodon has been busy jamming everyday writing and arranging the next studio album. We have quite a few songs and ideas that are taking some time to nail down what we think will make it to the next full length. There will be no more touring this year, we will hit the studio in November to hopefully finish by the end of year."

This coming album will follow previous full-length "The Hunter" (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Mayhem Festival Announces Celebrity Chef Signings

Jägermeister has been a proud sponsor of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival since its inception and this year is no different.

This year the festival stage is being headlined by Machine Head, a legendary JagerWorld experience, The Metal of Honor Award, the brand’s first-ever Guitar Shred-Meister competition, Celebrity Chef signings, and daily artist signings for those of legal drinking age.

Chef Chris Santos will join the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the remainder of the summer, where he will be taking part in signings at the Jägermeister booth, co-hosting the Shred-Meister competition, cooking Jägermeister-infused recipes at the official after-parties and for artists, and whipping up private meals for the headlining artists.

“I'm beyond excited to be joining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on behalf of Jagermeister and to spread the word about the Jägermeister 'Charred' BBQ Contest happening this summer,” states Santos. “I'll be doing signings daily and roaming the festival all day so if you see me grab me and say hello and we'll chat about Jäger or hit the pit!”

The chef's appearances are all a part of the “Charred, Earn your Place at the Pit” BBQ Competition, a search for the best grill recipes incorporating Jägermeister. The challenge, which kicked off in June, is divided into three categories: Cow, Bird, and Hog, from which Santos selects one winner per category. More...

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Roadrunner Records Offering Free Sampler

Roadrunner Records is currently offering a 10 track digital sampler album as a free download. You can get the tracks over at Amazon.co.uk here. The track listing is:

1. Absolute Zero Stone Sour
2. Black Tongue Mastodon
3. Bruane Brenn Kvelertak
4. Witchtripper Down
5. Live It Up Airbourne
6. Anastasia Slash
7. White Trash Millionaire Black Stone Cherry
8. In Due Time Killswitch Engage
9. Ghost Walking Lamb Of God
10. Chaos Lives In Everything (feat. Skrillex) Korn More...

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Mastodon Writing New Songs

Mastodon has announced the band is currently writing new material for the follow-up to latest full-length album "The Hunter" (reviewed here). The band comments:

"For those of you who are interested, Yes we have been VERY busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio Mastodon album, we are down at our space hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album. Thank you to all our loyal fans!"

Mastodon will also be appearing on the upcoming 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour, with full details available here. You can also check out the band's previous music video for "Dry Bone Valley" below. More...

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