Credit: Jimmy Hubbard Mastodon 's latest album, 's Emperor of Sand , was a concept record about dealing with cancer. According to guitarist Bill Kelliher , the band's next effort won't be any less heavy. As Kelliher tells ABC Audio, Mastodon's upcoming, in-the-works eighth album is driven primarily by "depression" and "loss" in response to the death of the band's manager, Nick John. We can't ignore that, it's all poured in there. As Mastodon continues to filter their emotions through their records, Kelliher feels he and his band mates owe it to their fans to be as honest and open as possible.
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Mastodon are keeping fans satisfied with their Medium Rarities set arriving this week, but behind the scenes they continue to work toward their next studio album. Drummer Brann Dailor addressed the direction of the new music during a chat with Spin , explaining that the album has taken a darker turn, but does have some hopeful moments in it. If we do something that sounds too happy, we know it and change it. It needs to be darker, and that's where we want to live.
Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta , Georgia , formed in Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases. The band's debut album, Remission , garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in Revolver , Kerrang! The band's seventh album, Emperor of Sand , was released on March 31, , and features the band's most commercially successful song to date, " Show Yourself ", which peaked at No.