Mastodon Details New Album, Shares Vinyl-Jacket Short

By: Maura O'Malley

March 28, 2017

Mastodon recently sat down with Rolling Stone to detail their forthcoming album, Emperor of Sand, which drops this Friday. The biggest takeaway? The record is a metaphor for cancer and the trail of destruction it leaves behind, giving the album an emotionally raw finish.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the band get deep. 2009’s Crack the Skye covers the suicide of drummer Brann Dailor’s sister, Skye, and, according to Dailor, the praise they received from fans who went through something similar paved the way for more emotional lyrics to follow.

So what was it like to write the album? According to Rolling Stone, Kelliher and Dailor developed a solid routine of “morning coffee, afternoon riffage, constant bonding over their sick moms.” As for “Show Yourself,” Kelliher wrote the main riff on a tour bus … somewhere in Europe … in the middle of the night.

What else can fans expect from this latest album? Vocals were a huge focus, and the band’s been working hard to improve upon those.  

In anticipation of Friday’s release, the band shared the below short which highlights the limited-edition Emperor of Sand Bonus Colour-In Vinyl Jacket (which also comes with Mastodon colored pencils).  

Ultimately, these guys just want to impress more and more with each new record. It’s clear from this article that they’re truly all about their fans, and everything they do comes down to connecting to that fanbase.