Atlanta prog metal quartet Mastodon have streamed their brand new single, the reflective Sickle And Peace, which you can listen to below.
It’s taken from the band’s upcoming album Hushed & Grim, the band’s first new studio work for four years, which will be released through Reprise Records on October 29.
“Overall, I think Hushed & Grim is our proggiest album,” guitarist Bill Kelliher tells Prog in the new issue, which is on sale tomorrow. “It’s more of a whole. On the other records, there’s a proggy song here or there, but, here, every song has been progged out a little bit.”
Hushed & Grim was recorded in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, over the course of the past 12 months with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel). An atmosphere of very real loss, loneliness, and longing permeates through the trio of cathartic vocals as they musically say goodbye to old friend, confidant, and longtime manager the late Nick John by architecting an affecting, intense body of work that bears the influence of his eternal memory.
“We were angry about what had happened to our friend,” says drummer and singer Brann Dailor, “so I thought, initially, this was gonna be a fast, heavy, pissed-off record. Over time, it became a slower, more doomy kind of [album]. There are some rippers, but overall it’s a more expansive, melancholy record.”
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- Mastodon - Leviathan - 1st - US - vinyl LP - £75.00, $93.00, €85.50 (New Item) (arrived 01-Dec-2022 16:24)on January 28, 2023 at 7:07 pm
MASTODON Leviathan (Rare original 2004 US 10-track LP, with gatefold picture sleeve and lyric inner, pressed on 180gram vinyl and limited to 800 copies. Classic second album from the Georgian heavy metal kings, and features the colossal tracks Blood and Thunder and Iron Tusk. The sleeve show some minor shelfwear, and while the vinyl does display the odd paper scuff from being taken in and out of the inner, it remains in excellent condition. First pressings of this juggernaut of an album rarely appear in the wild, and this is the first one we have ever seen. Essential to any serious metal collection)
- Mastodon - The Hunter - UK - vinyl LP - £19.99, $24.79, €22.79 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2022 16:09)on January 28, 2023 at 7:07 pm
MASTODON The Hunter (2015 UK/EU limited edition 13-track black vinyl LP reissue of their 2011 fifth studio album including the singles Black Tongue, Curl Of The Burl and Dry Bone Valley. The picture sleeve shows a little light shelfwear but comes complete with the illustrated lyric insert while the vinyl looks barely played)