Mastodon’s Sanders On Next Opus: “It Picks Up Where We Left Off”



That’s the word from Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, who spoke to ArtistDirect about the band’s upcoming album.

Sanders feels it picks up where the last left off. I’d rather it picked up where Leviathan left off, but oh fucking well.

“As always, nothing was really pre-determined and spoken of beforehand like, ‘Okay guys, we need to write a lot of long epic songs and a lot of short sweet songs. We need to have a couple of slow ones.’ Nothing like that was predetermined verbally amongst the four of us. We go in there and we kind of pick up on whatever comes through Brent and Bill‘s fingers and their guitars and build and build.

“I guess it’s going to be more of a continuation of where we left off with The Hunter. Hopefully, it’s just a collection of good Mastodon rock ‘n’ roll songs. That’s where it’s headed.”

I wasn’t a huge fan of The Hunter so I am hoping this next ‘Don disc is a throwback, of sorts, to what made me fall in love with them in the first place: their giant sound and big balls.

He also discussed Killer Be Killed, the project he’s working on with Max Cavalera and others.

“We did it with the intent of doing something like a one-off and having fun. It doesn’t entail the pressures of putting out a new Dillinger Escape Plan or Mastodon record. It’s just four dudes and some simple, raw riffs that we enjoy playing. It was a lot of fun to write and record that record. It didn’t take up a lot of time.

“We weren’t beating our heads against the wall trying to write something difficult, prog-y, or mathematical. It was just laidback and fun, which was very refreshing to do. For me personally, it was very therapeutic to go out to California, jam with these dudes, have some fun, and see what happens with it. Hopefully, people will like that too. The four of us do, and that’s the most important thing.

Mastodon recently entered a recording studio to begin tracking their new album with producer Nick Raskulinecz.

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