Mastodon Unveil 'Emperor of Sand' LP

Mastodon Unveil 'Emperor of Sand' LP
We've been awaiting the new Mastodon LP for a long while, and now the details for the album have finally emerged.

The record is called Emperor of Sand, and it features 11 tracks from the veteran metal band.

As previously reported, the album offers up some heavy subject matter. Specifically, it's said to be about cancer.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, the band's Brann Dailor said, "Time is a very big theme of the album.... How much time do we have left? What are we doing with our time?" He added, "It's about going through cancer, going through chemotherapy and all the things associated with that. I didn't want to be literal about it. But it's all in there. You can read between the lines."

According to an iTunes listing discovered by BlabbermouthEmperor of Sand is expected to arrive on March 31. The album's tracklisting is available below, while opening track "Sultan's Curse" is expected to arrive tomorrow (January 27). Until then, you can listen to a snippet of the song on the Mastodon website.

Emperor of Sand:

1. Sultan's Curse
2. Show Yourself
3. Precious Stones
4. Steambreather
5. Roots Remain
6. Word To The Wise
7. Ancient Kingdom
8. Clandestiny
9. Andromeda
10. Scorpion Breath
11. Jaguar God

Tour dates:

04/14 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater 
04/15 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
04/16 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
04/18 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04/20 Los Angeles, CA - The Palladium 
04/21 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre 
04/23 Salt Lake City, UT - Complex 
04/24 Denver, CO - Fillmore 
04/26 Kansas City, KS - Uptown Theater 
04/27 St. Louis, MO - Pageant 
04/29 Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville Festival
04/28 Birmingham, AL - Iron City
04/30 Ft. Myers, FL - Fort Rock Festival
05/02 Washington DC - Fillmore 
05/03 Toronto, ON - Rebel
05/04 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater 
05/05 Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion Festival
05/06 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05/08 Boston, MA - House Of Blues 
05/09 Portland, ME - State Theater 
05/11 New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 
05/12 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE 
05/13 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom 
05/14 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre 
05/16 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Theater 
05/17 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05/18 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
05/19 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live 
05/20 Austin, TX - ACL Live