Mastodon Hard At Work On New "Melodic" Album

Mastodon Hard At Work On New 'Melodic' Album
Since their 2006 album Blood Mountain pushed them into a larger spotlight, the world has been waiting for Mastodon to birth their next masterpiece. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the band revealed some details about the record. For one thing, the band are working with Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien. For another thing, they’ve said that the album will be more "melodic.”

Part of the switch to melody is due to singer/guitarist Brent Hinds’ much publicized brain hemorrhage that followed the drunken brawl he got into with System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian. In the months following, Hinds had to deal with vertigo, and was in a mellower mood. "During those months, I just sat with my acoustic and a little marijuana, and wrote all the music,” he told Rolling Stone. "I wanted a more melodic, easy-listening situation, and that definitely came from having head trauma.”

In many ways, this new sound reflects the band’s desire to change. Bassist Troy Sanders echoes these sentiments, stating that, "Musically and lyrically, this is the record we’d be writing if we weren’t going to exist tomorrow… We don’t feel like we have to do a certain type of record to please a certain group. We’re free to change.”

While no release date or album title is set, the record will contain seven songs, some of which are called "Quintessence,” "Divinations” and "Oblivion.” So, yeah, it should be pretty epic.

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