November 15, 2008

Troy Sanders (bass, vocals) of the Atlanta progressive metal band MASTODON will co-host next week's (November 17/18) installment of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show". The program, which is hosted by Daniel P. Carter, airs Monday nights/Tuesday mornings between 12:00 midnight and 2:00 a.m. local U.K. time (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST). You can listen to the show live on the Internet at this location. A trailer for the program can be viewed below.

MASTODON guitarist Bill Kelliher was hospitalized in London on November 3 during the band's current European "Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" package tour with SLAYER, TRIVUM and AMON AMARTH. Doctors will continue to monitor his condition which is improving at press time.

At the moment, MASTODON has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors and Bill are hopeful that he will rejoin his bandmates in time for their headlining tour of Europe which begins November 30 in Utrecht, Holland and ends on December 7 at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Somerset, England.

MASTODON has set "Crack the Skye" as the title of its new album, due in early 2009 via Reprise Records. The seven-song, 50-minute effort was recorded at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta and was produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, who has previously worked with VELVET REVOLVER, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, PEARL JAM, AC/DC and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, among others..

"Crack the Skye" track listing:

01. Oblivion
02. Divinations
03. Quintessence
04. The Czar
I. Usurper
II. Escape
III. Martyr
IV. Spiral
05. Ghost of Karelia
06. Crack The Skye
07. The Last Baron

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