Mastodon revealed in December that they were working on some new music, and it looks like you'll get to hear that way sooner than we thought.
Mastodon has revealed to Kerrang! that they've recorded a song guitarist Bill Kelliher dubs both "a basher" and "brutal," adding that "It's as heavy as I've heard us in a while." The band also says the song is coming "soon" but has revealed neither a timetable for the track nor details on if it'll be from a coming release.
Regarding the former, Kerrang! says the song is scheduled for a digital release right before Mastodon's UK tour beginning next week. So I guess "soon" means "probably this week or like, Friday morning," huh?
The new song was recorded at the band's new recording studio in Atlanta.
Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor originally said in an interview earlier this year that the band would like to start working on a new album post-Emperor Of Sand tour cycle, which was tragically cut short right around the passing of longtime manager Nick John.
“We’re always a work in progress, trying to figure out what we’re going to do next. We’re letting the ideas just come and setting them to the side for future work, and once in a while just sort of saying out loud what those ideas might be — whether they’re collected onstage when we’re doing soundcheck or if they are something that gets worked on backstage.
You hear somebody noodling, and you’re like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’ Whenever the ears perk up to either [guitarists] Brent [Hinds] or Bill [Kelliher] doing something backstage, that’s always a nice little surprise.
Once we get home, and we decompress from the Emperor Of Sand tour cycle, sometime early next year, we’ll start dumping out the riffs and seeing what’s new and seeing what’s fresh and what we’re digging on, and then we’ll just start working — do what we normally do.”