Mastodon Will “Hopefully” Release A New Album This Year


If you’re curious as to whether or not you’ll be hearing a new Mastodon record this year, the answer seems to be a yes. Kerrang! recently caught up with the band’s bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders to reflect on his experiences in 2019 and his plans for this year. When asked specifically about new Mastodon music, he offered:

“We’re constantly creating. When we’re out on tour, we’re always coming up with lyrics, riffs or half-songs on voice notes and the Pro Tools rig we take out with us. The long touring process for ‘Emperor Of Sand‘ ended in July, and we all took a couple of months off. Then we all started calling each other with the itch. Through November, we’ve been in Atlanta sifting through ideas. We’re always moving forward.”

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2019 was once again a challenging year for the band, having lost their longtime manager Nick John as well as their tour manager Bob Dallas. That persistent grieving process may influence the band’s forthcoming album, with Sanders in part commenting:

“Artistically, we usually respond well to tragedy. It’s all part of life. It’s going to happen one way or the other. The four of us are brutally thankful that we have Mastodon to channel that energy through, to find something beautiful and to create something that lasts forever.”

Sanders goes on to state that there “hopefully” will be a new Mastodon record in 2020. He also confirmed that there are plans to release a new album from Gone Is Gone, the supergroup featuring himself and members of Queens Of The Stone Age, At The Drive-In, etc., this year as well.

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