Mastodon

New Release: Mastodon- Forged By Neron

Mastodon Share New Song 'Forged by Neron'

Mastodon are back with a new track “Forged By Neron” which can be found on the upcoming soundtrack to Dark Nights: Death Metal‘ soundtrack, due out June 18th (digitally) and July 16th (physically). This effort serves as a companion piece to the DC Comics series of the same name, and was executive produced by Tyler Bates. Bates also oversaw the previous ‘Dark Nights: Metal‘ tie-in series. Other notable names on this upcoming soundtrack include Greg Puciato, Chelsea Wolfe, HEALTH with Chino Moreno, Idles and many more. The first one of these soundtracks included songs by Mastodon, Jerry Cantrell and Chino Moreno. This new Mastodon track is pretty damn rocking and finds Mastodon really bringing the riffs! Look forward to their upcoming David Botrill produced album!

Mastodon- Forged By Neron:

New Music Friday

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I thought I’d try something new today. Since Friday is now “release day” for new albums and such, I thought it would be a good idea to put together all the songs and or albums that came out today and throughout the week. There is so much music being released these days, it’s hard to keep up sometimes but, with this, there’s a better chance you won’t miss something that came out. So here we go…

 
Mastodon- Fallen Torches (featuring Scott Kelly of Neurosis):

 

Spirit In The Room- If You Must:

 

Justin Stewart Cotta- Longing Is Not Love:

 

 

Alain Johannes- If Morning Comes:

 

Sumac- The Iron Chair:

King Buzzo (Buzz Osborne) with Trevor Dunn- Delayed Clarity:

 

Vein- 20 Seconds // 20 Hours:

 

Cover Song Collaboration: Coheed and Cambria, Mastodon, Primus, Tool, Mutoid Man (Rush)- Anthem

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During this age of quarantine, there is a lot of free time on musicians hands.  Some are being very productive with writing new records and experimenting with new things. One of the things I’ve noticed is there is a huge flood of covers being done. A lot of them however are pretty meh and bland but, thankfully there is the people at Two Minutes To Late Night to save the day. Most recently, they conjured up a pretty impressive set of players to cover the Rush song “Anthem.” I’m not a big Rush fan but, this was too damn good not to share. Also if you haven’t seen the Rush documentary (I believe it’s still streaming on Netflix) you should check it out. It’s quite good. Anyways, this cover features Danny Carey of Tool on drums, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon on guitar, Les Claypool of Primus on bass, Stephen Brodsky of Cave In/Mutoid Man on guitar, Jordan Olds (aka Gwarsenio Hall) on guitar and Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria on vocals. What a killer job they did on this. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Anticipated Albums of 2020

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A new year brings new albums to be released. 2020 is sure to be chock full of new releases by your favorites. I’ve started to compile a list of the bands who I believe are releasing new albums this year as the most anticipated. I know I’m missing some, so with that in mind who are you looking forward to new music from?

 

2020 Anticipated Albums:

 

Deftones
The Cure
Guns N Roses?
Mastodon
Foo Fighters
The Smashing Pumpkins
Pearl Jam
ACDC
Spirit In The Room
Clint Lowery
Carcass
Gojira
Lamb Of God
Megadeth
Nine Inch Nails
Sevendust
Rob Zombie
Every Time I Die
Marilyn Manson
Power Trip
Dead Cross
Run The Jewels
Placebo

 

 

 

Memorable TV Performances: Mastodon on David Letterman

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10 years ago, Mastodon released their epic masterpiece, Crack The Skye. That album catapulted Mastodon to all sorts of new heights. If you’ve never heard that album, you really should. It’s absolutely incredible. Anyways, during this time, Mastodon started making the rounds of playing on late night TV and their performance of “Oblivion” on the Late Show with David Letterman, was pretty damn good.

Mastodon- Oblivion on the Late Show with David Letterman 2009:

 

Ultimate Set List: Mastodon

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I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, Mastodon are the best band to come out since the turn of the century. Through their almost 20 year history, they have continuously made great music. Albums like, Crack The Skye, Leviathan, and Emperor Of Sand are monumental and essential albums as well as 3 of the best since 2000. The mighty Mastodon are true artists in every sense of the word and their songs and albums show that. So, with all that in mind, I worked up my Ultimate Set List for Mastodon.

Guideline 1: What line up of the band would it be

Guideline 2: Where would you want to see the show

Guideline 3: maximum 25 songs (In order of how the set should go)

Lineup: Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Troy Sanders, Bill Kelliher, and Scott Kelly

Venue: Troubadour- Los Angeles

Set List:

1) Sultan’s Curse
2) March Of The Fire Ants
3) Iron Tusk
4) Steambreather
5) Oblivion
6) Chimes At Midnight
7) Ancient Kingdom
8) Colony Of Birchmen
9) Dry Bone Valley
10) Andromeda
11) Ember City
12) The Czar: Usurper/Escape/Martyr/Spiral
13) Roots Remain
14) Sleeping Giant
15) Divinations
16) Crusher Destroyer
17) Jaguar God
18) Mother Puncher
19) The Last Baron

Encore (All With Scott Kelly of Neurosis):

20) Diamond In The Witch House
21) Aqua Dementia
22) Crystal Skull
23) Spectrelight
24) Scorpion Breath
25) Crack The Skye

Cover Song: Mastodon (Led Zeppelin)- Stairway To Heaven

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Mastodon recently released a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” They did this as a tribute to their late manager Nick John, who passed away due to pancreatic cancer. Mastodon was asked by Nick’s wife to play the song at his funeral. Gojira’s Joe Duplantier (who Nick John also managed),  was at the funeral and recorded the band performing the song on his phone. The band afterwards, went and recorded a full studio version of the song. When the song was released, side A featured the studio version while side B featured the phone recording. Mastodon did a phenomenal job of taking this gem of a classic on. They didn’t stray too far from the original but they definitely knocked it out of the park. Brann Dailor is seriously one of the best singers in rock music. That guys got one hell of a voice.

Mastodon- Stairway To Heaven:

 

Guest Musician: Josh Homme

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Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age is quite the talented player, singer and writer. His work in Queens and Kyuss are both integral parts of rock music since the 90’s. He’s got a style and sound that is uniquely his own as well. Over the years, Josh has lent his sound (whether it’s guitar or vocals) to quite a few other bands and artists. Here’s a few that will intrigue you.
Local H- Rock and Roll Professionals (from Here Comes The Zoo):

 

Foo Fighters- Razor (from In Your Honor):

 

 

Mastodon- Colony Of Birchmen (from Blood Mountain):

 

 
Arctic Monkeys- All My Own Stunts (from Suck It And See):

 

 

Biffy Clyro- Bubbles (from Only Revolutions):

 

 

Mark Lanegan Band- Riot In My House (from Blues Funeral):

 

Josh has also appeared on albums by:

Iggy Pop
Lady Gaga
Masters Of Reality
Peaches
The Strokes
Mondo Generator
Fu Manch
and many more

Great Music Videos: Mastodon- Oblivion

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2019 is the ten year anniversary of Mastodon’s epic masterpiece, Crack The Skye. That album is perfect in every way possible. In my humble opinion, it’s one of the best, if not the best album of the 21st century. I could seriously go on and on about how great that album is. One of the other coolest parts of the album was the video for the opening song “Oblivion.” The video was directed by Robert Schober (aka Roboshobo), who’s worked with other bands like Alice In Chains, Metallica and Deftones. According to drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, the video was influenced by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The video itself is just as epic as the song, which makes it all that much cooler. Check it out and do yourself a favor, listen to Crack The Skye, especially if it’s been a minute since you have or if you’ve never heard it before.

Mastodon- Oblivion:

 

 
Mastodon- Crack The Skye:

Soundtrack Only Songs: Mastodon- White Walker from Game of Thrones

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A couple years back the folks who make Game of Thrones released a “soundtrack” album of songs written about the show. One of the most stand out songs from that release was Mastodon’s contribution to it. The song “White Walker” is one of the bands most experimental yet wonderfully crafted songs. It’s also worth noting that a few of the members of Mastodon have appeared on the show and yes, they were killed, hahaha. Anyways here’s Mastodon’s awesome song!

 
Mastodon- White Walker: