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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's Blood Mountain Tracklisting Revealed

The tentative final track listing for Mastodon's new album "Blood Mountain" has been revealed and is as follows:

01 - "The Wolf Is Loose"
02 - "Crystal Skull" (Feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
03 - "The Sleeping Giant"
04 - "Capillarian Crest"
05 - "Circle Of The Cysquatch"
06 - "Bladecatcher"
07 - "The Colony Of Birchmen" (Feat. Joshua Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age)
08 - "Hunters Of The Sky"
09 - "Hand Of Stone"
10 - "This Mortal Soil"
11 - "The Siberian Divide" (Feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta)
12 - "Pendulous Skin"

The album will see a September 12th release date through Warner.

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New Live Mastodon Video

Check out the new live video of “Capillarian Crest” off Mastodon’s new album Blood Mountain, out 9/12.
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This is a promo video shot on 7/13/2006 from the GM Place in Vancouver, BC CANADA during the Unholy Alliance tour. Be sure to tune into MTV2 this Saturday August 5th @ 11:30pm-Midnight Eastern For the "The Unholy Alliance Tour Special."

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Mastodon Puts First Single and Bonus Track Online

Mastodon have tapped the track "The Wolf Is Loose" to serve as the first single from their upcoming new album "Blood Mountain". The band will be filming a video for the song within the next week and expect to have it available for viewing online in early September. "Blood Mountain" is due in stores on September 12th through Warner, while two tracks from it are available online here.

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Mastodon Posts Second Making Of Album Session

Atlanta's MASTODON has posted the second exclusive video clip featuring commentary and footage revealing the making of its upcoming album, "Blood Mountain". Check out the second "episode" at this location.

As previously reported, a brand new MASTODON track, entitled "Crystal Skull", has been posted online on the band's official MySpace page. The song, which features guest vocals by Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS, will be included on the band's upcoming third album, "Blood Mountain", due on September 12 via the band's new label, Warner Bros. A limited edition seven-inch single containing "Crystal Skull" will be released through Relapse Records on August 8. More information can be found at this location.

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Slayer and Mastodon To Do Next MySpace Secret Show

SLAYER and MASTODON will be playing the next MySpace secret show, July 25th at In the Venue in Salt Like City. Check out the poster here.

For more info, check out http://www.myspace.com/secretshows

SLAYER will release Christ Illusion, featuring the single "Cult" on August 8 and MASTODON's Blood Mountain will follow on September 12

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Mastodon Announce More Headlining Dates

Atlanta's MASTODON will be embark on a headlining tour in September, with CONVERGE and THE BRONX as the support acts. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Sep. 06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live
Sep. 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
Sep. 08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sep. 09 - Worcester, MA Palladium
Sep. 10 – Montreal, QUE @ Spectrum
Sep. 12 – Toronto, ONT Phoenix Theater
Sep. 13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Sep. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
Sep. 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Sep. 18 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
Sep. 19 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
Sep. 21 – Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
Sep. 22 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Sep. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Sep. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Sep. 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Sep. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda
Sep. 30 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Oct. 03 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom*
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX @ Emo's*
Oct. 05 - Houston, TX @ Meridian*
Oct. 07 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*

*w/ THE BRONX only

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Mastodon Adds Video Of New Albums Recordings

Mastodon have launched the first in a series of episodes which chronicle the making of their upcoming new album "Blood Mountain", you can check it out here. A new episode is expected to be posted each Wednesday leading up to the albums September 12th release date through Warner.

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Mastodon Post New Song Online

A brand new MASTODON track, entitled "Crystal Skull", has been posted online on the band's official MySpace page. The song, which features guest vocals by Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS, will be included on the band's upcoming third album, "Blood Mountain", due on September 12 via the band's new label, Warner Bros. A limited edition seven-inch single containing "Crystal Skull" will be released through Relapse Records on August 8. More information can be found at this location. The album's cover artwork was posted online on the band's official web site as an interactive puzzle, where the pieces must be dragged and dropped to create the cover. Check it out here.

"Blood Mountain" was recorded with Seattle-based producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, HORSE THE BAND). The CD was mixed in New York by Rich Costey (AUDIOSLAVE, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE). Other songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 2004's "Leviathan" include "Circle of Cysquatch", "Hunters of the Sky", "The Sleeping Giant", "Bladecatcher", "The Colony of Birchmen", "Pendulous Skin", "The Siberian Divide", "Capillarian Crest", "Hand of Stone", "The Wolf Is Loose" and "This Mortal Soil".

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Mastodon Updates That "Blood Mountain Is Done!"

In a posting at their MySpace page, US metallers MASTODON have announced that their new album "Blood Mountain is done! Album is done and new www.mastodonrocks.com website coming really soon with all sorts of cool new things. The tour is going great, hope to see all of you out here, we're playing a few new songs come check it out."

The band have also posted the cover artwork as a puzzle here. The band add: "You really thought we were going to show you without you having to work? Like grandpappy once said nothing good comes easy. Solve the puzzle to see the artwork for Blood Mountain. Available summer 2006 (via Warner Bros.)."

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Metal, Hardcore Bands Confirmed for Reading Fest

A host of hardcore and metal acts have been confirmed for the Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer in the UK. The event will take place on August 25th, 26th, and 27th. Performing along with such large acts as Pearl Jam, Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Artic Monkeys will be:

Killswitch Engage
Bullet For My Valentine
Sick Of It All
Rise Against
Boy Sets Fire
Bleeding Through
Municipal Waste
The Bled

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Unholy Alliance Tour Pushed Back To June 15

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," has confirmed that the tour will kick off on June 15 in Camden, NJ and not in Peoria, IL on June 10 as had been previously announced.

The rescheduling is due to Slayer's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gall bladder surgery which successfully took place earlier this month.

"We wanted to give Tom an extra few days to make sure that he's at 100% before he puts one foot on the road," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales. We apologise for any confusion that this has caused, but Tom and the band want the fans to get the best Slayer shows possible."

The St. Louis date, originally scheduled for June 12, has been moved to June 21; Chicago, originally set for June 13, is now scheduled for June 20. The entire itinerary for Slayer's ""Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine
Eyes Bleed, is as follows: More...

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"Heavy Metal Thunder" Book To Hit Stores June 1

MTV.com reports:

A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.

According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.

"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."

The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.

"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."

Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."

One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."

Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.

But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."

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Unholy Alliance Tour Delayed, More Slayer News

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed, and originally slated to launch on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA will now kick off on June 10 at the East Peoria Convention Center in Peoria, IL.

Postponed and rescheduled shows are:

San Diego, CA - originally June 6 at the Sports Arena, now rescheduled for July 20 at the Sports Arena
Las Vegas, NV - originally June 7 at The Orleans, now rescheduled for July 24 at The Orleans
Denver, CO - originally June 9 at the Fillmore Auditorium, now rescheduled for July 26 at the Fillmore Auditorium

In addition, two sold-out "warm up" dates - June 2 at New Oasis in Reno, NV, and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA - will be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July.

Tickets purchased for all postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled concerts.

The postponement of the tour's start date is due to Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gallbladder surgery which successfully took place late last week. Araya is doing fine, recuperating at home.

With the tour's kick off now June 10, Six-Six-O-Six will still be a special day for Slayer fans. On that day, Slayer will release "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.

The members of Slayer - Araya, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and drummer Dave Lombardo - are in the final stages of completing their new album, Slayer's first new studio album since Lombardo rejoined the band in 2003. The new album is being produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings.

Titles for some of the album's new songs include "Cult," "Consfearcy," "Eyes of the Insane," and "Jihad." In a recent interview with MTV, Araya said about the new album, "It's fast - maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."

Confirmed tour dates for the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows: More...

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Enter To Win Alexi Laiho ESP Guitar

You can win an exclusive ESP/LTD Signature Series Alexi Laiho guitar. This guitar is custom-designed by Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom. You've heard it all over COB's latest album, "Are You Dead Yet?" For more information and how to enter the competition, visit KNAC.COM.

Children of Bodom will be joining Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed on the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour.Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Thine Eyes Bleed Re-Release Debut

Thine Eyes Bleed will be re-releasing their debut album, "In the Wake of Separtaion" on The End Records. The re-release will contain the song entitled, "Better Off Dead", which was previously only available in Japan and contain the video for the song "Cold Victim".

Thine Eyes Bleed will continue to push their name out to the metal masses as their tour supporting Soulfly starts April 21 in Anaheim, California. Following that month long tour, they will then embark on The Unholy Alliance tour which includes Slayer, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom) starting June 6.

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More Unholy Alliance Tour Dates Conifirmed

More dates have been confirmed for the Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted," which will kick off on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA (see entire itinerary below). The seven-week trek boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up - joining Slayer will be Lamb of God, Mastodon and Children of Bodom (who will rotate the second and third slots), and Thine Eyes Bleed who will open the

Here is the updated itinerary for the "Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted": More...

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Trivium, In Flames, Opeth Metal Hammer Nominees

The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.

Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.

Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.

The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge On AOL Music

"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

Here is the full track listing: More...

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Mastodon Near Completion On "Blood Mountain"

Mastodon are nearing the completion of the recording of their new conceptual album "Blood Mountain" with producer Matt Bayles (Norma Jean, Isis) and will begin mixing it with Rich Costey (Audioslave, My Chemical Romance) in the coming weeks. Tentative track titles for the album, which is expected out through Warner in August, are as follows:

"Circle Of Cysquatch"
"Hunters Of The Sky"
"The Sleeping Giant"
"The Colony Of Birchmen"
"Pendulous Skin"
"The Siberian Divide"
"Capillarian Crest"
"Hand Of Stone"
"Crystal Skull"
"The Wolf Is Loose"
"This Mortal Soil"

With Blood Mountain, which has taken more than two months to record, Dailor said he's hoping his band and others like it can accomplish something huge: to rattle complacent rock fans who might not grasp what Mastodon have been trying to do since forming in 1999.

"I hope we can start a prog revolution, because the timing's right," he said. "You've got a Tool record that's coming out, an Isis record that's coming out, a Mars Volta record that's coming out, a Mastodon record that's coming out, and I hope that converges into something really awesome for music where it doesn't become pop, but there's a little more sharing of the pie. It would be cool if you had kids in their bedrooms not trying to learn Linkin Park songs, but they're trying to learn Mastodon songs. It's cool music that's honest and from the heart, and it's technically challenging."

Based on Dailor's description, Blood Mountain's going to follow in Leviathan's heady footsteps. While Leviathan focused on dystopian author Herman Melville's opus "Moby Dick," the new album will revolve around an unnamed citizen's ascension to the apex of a snowcapped mountain.

"It's about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you're stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you're lost," the drummer said. "You're starving, and hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You're being hunted. It's about that whole struggle."

Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala will make a guest appearance on the track "The Siberian Divide", while guest appearances from Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Ikey Owens of Mars Volta fame are also expected to appear on the album as well.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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More Slayer, LOG, COB, Mastodon Tour Dates

More dates have been added to this summer's Unholy Alliance Tour, featuring headliners SLAYER with support from LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON and THINE EYES BLEED. The tour kicks off June 6 in San Diego, California at the Sports Arena. The dates are as follows:

Jun. 06 - San Diego, CA @ The Sports Arena
Jun. 07 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Jun. 09 - Denver, CO @ Th Fillmore
Jun. 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Blue Moon
Jun. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Jun. 15 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Jun. 16 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Jun. 17 - Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
Jun. 19 - Cincinatti, OH @ US Bank Arena
Jun. 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
Jun. 24 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live
Jun. 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
Jul. 02 - Quebec, CANADA @ Centre de Foire
Jul. 03 - Montreal, CANADA @ The Bell Centre
Jul. 04 - Toronto, CANADA @ Molson Amph
Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
Jul. 07 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Auditorium
Jul. 09 - Winipeg, CANADA MTS Center
Jul. 11 - Edmondton, CANADA Shaw Conf. Center
Jul. 13 - Vancouver, CANADA Qwest Field Event Center
Jul. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field Event Center
Jul. 15 - Spokane, WA @ The Star Theatre
Jul. 16 - Salem, OR @ Salem Armory
Jul. 21 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena

SLAYER's longtime manager Rick Sales had previously commented on the tour, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour's shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."

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