Atlanta,Georgia’s proggy doomsters Mastodon are currently working on the follow up to 2009’s Reprise release, “Crack The Skye.” Drummer Brann Dailor had a few things to divulge about the impending fifth album:
“It doesn’t seem as proggy. There’s moments, but it seems more riff-oriented. It seems a little more stripped down. [2004’s] ‘Leviathan’ was a little more stripped down, and it feels like that to me. Everything always changes once you go in the studio, but at the moment it seems like a really super-heavy Led Zeppelin or something. It has a lot of that [John] Bonham-esque groove to it, but really heavy and dark. I really like playing like that, and when it goes into those parts, I’m psyched,” Dailor said.
“It’s (the concept of the record) all worked out. I don’t want to talk about it yet, though. It’s not totally ready, but it’s gonna be cool. I feel like it’s a classic story about redemption. It’s a mythology that’s invented because we care so deeply as human beings for one another, it’s hard to think that you just go into a hole [after you die] and that’s it. So you want to see your loved ones be exalted in some way, or be a part of something that’s much more grandiose.”
Mastodon recently released “Live at the Aragon,” a live CD/DVD set from their 2009 tour. They are due for a busy summer with several dates across Europe.