Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON will "probably" release their next studio album in 2020, according to the band's drummer, Brann Dailor.
Dailor offered an update on the writing process for the follow-up to 2017's "Emperor Of Sand" while reflecting on the past decade during an interview with Rolling Stone.
Asked about his "biggest hope for the 2020s," Brann said: "My biggest hope for the 2020s is: I'm gonna try to keep my life together and I'm gonna try to keep from mentally collapsing. And I'm gonna try to keep writing music and recording music and pretty much just do what I've been doing. Try to write a kickass MASTODON record within the next few months, and it will probably come out in 2020. So I'm hoping for continuation of what's been going on the last 10 years. More of the same, please. Thank you."
This past August, Brann told the Razor 94.7 104.7 radio station that he and his bandmates were looking forward to making some new music after spending most of the last couple of years touring in support of "Emperor Of Sand".
"We have a [new] song that we wrote, and we recorded it," he said. "We have done so much touring — for 'Emperor', and then we did this 'Crack The Skye' [anniversary] tour with COHEED [AND CAMBRIA], and then [a couple of] festivals… We're kind of chomping at the bit to get in there and put together some of the ideas that have been swirling around. There's lots of riffs; there's lots of material. There's too much material, so we need to get in there and start chipping away at that giant hunk of granite and hopefully produce a beautiful sculpture for all to see."
"Emperor Of Sand" debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. That album was nominated for the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album," and its opening track, "Sultan's Curse", won the Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance."