In a recent interview, Mastodon's bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders discussed the band's forthcoming album and it was revealed that it will be called Once More Round The Sun. The successor to The Hunter is finally coming and is slated for a release later this year on Warner Brothers Records. Once More Round The Sun clocks at around 60 minutes, and it is currently being mastered.

Troy Sanders explains the title to Paste Magazine: "The idea was generated before we recorded the title track on the record, but the title was thought up many months ago. After we finished the two-year touring cycle on our last record, The Hunter, we were kind of gearing up to go back to our rehearsal space in Atlanta. And we were starting the effort, the time, the blood, the energy, the months of driving, the recording and the long process between recording and the release day. In a nutshell: we're fortunate enough to do this again, but there's this feeling of this yearly cycle. It's not a bad thing. We get to go tour a bunch, we get to record a bunch of songs we love. It's embracing the positive—the wonderful side, to be able to have the same four dudes who love doing what we do so much. And like anything in the Mastodon world, it's open to interpretation."

In terms of the new album direction: "We're all over the world as far as themes go. But there are a few sprinkles of epic goodness. A lot of people ask us if it kicks off where The Hunter left off. And to a large degree, I suppose yes. We recorded it and took it on the road with us, and then we headed back to our rehearsal space and started working out ideas. I've had a lot of time to ingest this record, and it's solid. It's a large slab of granite. I'm once again completely proud of these guys."

Once More Round The Sun's sessions also left the band with some extra material. The band ended up cutting around 30 minutes of music, which Sanders hopes to see as an additional EP after the album release: "We didn't want a 90-minute album. We like to record around the 60-minute mark. That's what our favorite records are. We're in love with all 15 of [the songs], so they might all see the light of day in some platform or another."

The album artwork was created by Oakland-based artist Skinner and more should probably be revealed in the near future.


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Posted: 05.04.2014 by BloodTears



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Czerny Reiter - 17.04.2014 at 05:51  
Mastodon's latest was too heavy on the groove and too soft on the structure. They're probably hitting the career stride where bellowing their lungs out is getting unpracticable. Opeth and Baroness are two other favourites that reached that mark too. Can't say I've cared for many of these bands' releases past that point but Mastodon certainly deserve the benefit of the doubt.
deadone - 17.04.2014 at 07:29  
Written by Czerny Reiter on 17.04.2014 at 05:51

Mastodon's latest was too heavy on the groove and too soft on the structure.



The new song seems to be very strong on structure (as in formulaic) as well as some generic sounding groove bits.
Jaeryd17‍ - 18.04.2014 at 17:46  
Not sure how I feel about the new song.

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