Mastodon is working on new material for a new album, according to Bill Kelliher, and it is going to be very, very heavy…
Mastodon’s latest LP, Hushed & Grim, is still relatively new and it is a very solid record. It’s long too. And, as we noted in our review of Hushed & Grim, it features some career-best performances from Troy, Bran and Brent.
But those of you hungry for more Mastodon are in for a treat today because the band’s chief riff master and all round guitar legend, Bill Kelliher, has been dropping some hints about what the new Mastodon record will sound like.
The New Mastodon Album Will Be Heavy (Like The Old Mastodon)
According to Kelliher, in an interview with Guitar Magazine, the days of Mastodon’s drawn-out, prog-rock-infused songs could be coming to an end. Kelliher is keen to go back to the band’s roots and start caving heads in with big, punchy riffs in shorter songs.
Here’s how the big man himself describes the new material:
There’s no official announcement or anything, but things are happening. Like I said before, I’m very interested in writing a batch of rapid-fire, heavy songs, kind of like Fallen Torches or Crusher Destroyer.
I want to write music that’s really fucking heavy and to the point. I want it to sound like Mastodon but steer away from the long, drawn-out songs. I feel like we’ve been on that kind of kick for a while, and I want to move on to something a little more tangible.Bill Kelliher
So, when it comes to the new Mastodon record we can expect it to be “heavy” and “to the point” kind of like Remission, Leviathan, and Blood Mountain were.
And if this does turn out to be the case, I cannot WAIT to hear it.
Heavy Mastodon is the best type of Mastodon, in my humble opinion, so this next record from the Atlanta-based boys should be well worth the wait.
In the meantime, check out all the gear that Mastodon’s Brent and Bill use to craft their iconic riffs. And if you’re already a player, check out our guide on how to sound like Mastodon – it covers all the gear, tunings, and amps you’ll need.