June 11, 2008

MASTODON, MACHINE HEAD and BLACK TIDE will join forces for the following "off" dates during the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour:

Jul. 10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Jul. 17 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Aug. 04 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance

Last week's "The Metal File" podcast from Montreal's CHOM-FM featured an audio interview with MASTODON bassist Troy Sanders. Download it at this location.

According to, MASTODON is five songs into its next Warner Bros. studio album, which the group is recording in its Atlanta hometown with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Drummer Brann Dailor told that so far, "everything sounds real creepy and spaced out and different." He was particularly enthused about a 15-minute jam dubbed "The Last Baron", which happily, O'Brien had no interest in making shorter or changing.

"There's so many toys to play with over at his studio, like pipe organs and all this crazy sh*t," said Dailor, who was introduced to O'Brien through Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg (his son is a big MASTODON fan). "There are little cool things we're going to do to the record that we've been wanting to do for a long time."


MASTODON's new album is rumored to be based on the life of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (a.k.a. "Mad Monk"),a Russian mystic who is perceived as having influenced the later days of the Russian Czar Nicholas II, his wife the Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their only son the Tsarevich Alexei. His image, as well as the official teaser image for MASTODON's upcoming album, can be seen below.

MASTDON official teaser image for new CD:

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (a.k.a. "Mad Monk"):

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