Mastodon Prep 'Once More Round the Sun' LP

Mastodon Prep 'Once More Round the Sun' LP
Get ready to be trampled by Atlanta metal beasts Mastodon, as the long-running group have announced they're about to hit back with a new album dubbed Once More Round the Sun. An official street date has yet to arrive, but the record comes via Warner Bros.

An interview with Paste reveals that the record, Mastodon's first since 2011's The Hunter, was tracked in Franklin, TN, with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice in Chains). The album is said to weigh in around the 60-minute mark, with bassist Troy Sanders calling Once More Around the Sun "pure, authentic Mastodon."

"A lot of people ask us if it kicks off where The Hunter left off. And to a large degree, I suppose yes," Sanders explained. "We recorded it and took it on the road with us, and then we headed back to our rehearsal space and started working out ideas. I've had a lot of time to ingest this record, and it's solid. It's a large slab of granite. I'm once again completely proud of these guys."

Though a tracklisting has not yet been made available, song titles for the set are said to include "Ember City" and "Diamonds in the Witch House," the latter of which featuring a guest spot from Neurosis' Scott Kelly. Apparently 15 songs were recorded, though not all made the final cut for the LP. The additional tracks are expected to appear on a forthcoming EP, though.

 "We didn't want a 90-minute album," Sanders continued. "We like to record around the 60-minute mark. That's what our favorite records are. We're in love with all 15 of [the songs], so they might all see the light of day in some platform or another."

 The band most recently issued a repress of their Call of the Mastodon collection and issued the Live at Brixton live album late last year. Mastodon currently have a number of North American and overseas dates, with a Canadian stop at Toronto's Sound Academy taking place May 10. You'll find all the concert details down below.

Tour dates:

04/28 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo

04/29 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

05/01 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

05/02 Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater

05/03 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues

05/04 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

05/05 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

05/07 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

05/08 Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater

05/09 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

05/10 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy

05/12 Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom

05/13 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

05/15 New York, NY - Terminal 5

05/16 Boston, MA - The Palladium

05/17 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

05/18 Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range

05/28 Helsinki, FI - Sonisphere Festival

05/30 Stockholm, SE - STHLM Festival

06/01 Oslo, NO - Sonisphere Festival

06/03 Horsens, DK - Jailhouse Rock Festival

06/04 Hamburg, DE - Imtech Arena

06/06 Nuremberg, DE - Rock im Park

06/07 Nurburg, DE - Rock am Ring

06/09 Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

06/11 Pratteln, CH - Z7 Konzertfabrik

06/13 Manchester, UK - Bonnaroo Music Festival

06/26 Zwolle, NL - Hedon

06/26 Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg

06/28 Dessel, BE - Graspop

06/29 Moscow, RU - Moscow Park Live

07/03 Arras, FR - Main Square Festival

07/04 Paris, FR - Le Zenith

07/06 Hertfordshire, UK - Sonisphere UK

07/18 Nordfjordeid, NO - Malakoff Rock Festival

07/19 Tromoso, NO - Bukta Open Air Festival