Mastodon’s Bassist Says New Album is A “Badass Rock And Roll Record”, Hints At “Leviathan” Anniversary Shows


Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders had a discussion with Stereogum regarding his bands upcoming new album. The effort is currently being mixed with Sanders stating that although there’s a few ideas, no title has been decided upon yet. They went into the studio with fifteen songs, with Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice In Chains) producing.

Replying to a question about where the album fits in between “Crack The Skye” and “The Hunter“, Sanders replied:

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“I’ve been asked if it’s taking over where The Hunter left off. We don’t have any preconceived thoughts and notions when we write. We don’t think that we need to have some long, epic songs or we need to have short, upbeat songs.

Everything comes off natural through our minds, bodies and fingers. I believe it’s the next honest step in the Mastodon evolution. We’re continuing to carve our own niche. It’s another platter we’ve come up with and it seems to be piecing itself together as a badass rock and roll record.”

Meanwhile, Sanders also revealed the possibility of some shows this summer to celebrate their coming 10th anniversary of their 2004 effort, “Leviathan“:

“I was just told that we could do a handful of shows this summer where we just play Leviathan live. I think [the record] is great and I’m certainly a fan of longevity. I don’t know many bands that have stayed with the same four guys for the last 14 years.

I’m proud of that and think it’s great we are still friends and have the same focus and drive. I remember the four of us were prouder of that record than any of the previous ones. And I’m still really proud of it. It’s still classic in my opinion.

But it’s more difficult to create a set list for live shows when you have more material under your belt. This will be our seventh record. That’s sixty something songs and all of us have favorites. Some of us are maybe a little tired of some of them.

I don’t think any of us would be opposed to playing a Leviathan show and a handful of other songs. Today, I’m at my first band practice in nine months. We haven’t played old stuff and we leave soon for Australia. When the guys get here we’ll create a set list.”

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