Mastodon Reveal New Song 'High Road'

Listen to the first tune off "Once More Round the Sun."

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Earlier this month, Mastodon announced details of their new album, "Once More Around the Sun," their first full-length effort since 2011's "The Hunter." Today, "High Road," the first single off the record, has surfaced online.

As Consequence of Sound notes, the album was recorded in Franklin, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Rush, Alice in Chains). Troy Sanders described the end result as 60-or-so minutes of "pure, authentic Mastodon."

He continued, "A lot of people ask us if it kicks off where 'The Hunter' left off. And to a large degree, I suppose yes. We recorded it and took it on the road with us, and then we headed back to our rehearsal space and started working out ideas. I've had a lot of time to ingest this record, and it's solid. It's a large slab of granite. I'm once again completely proud of these guys."

In support of the upcoming record, which is set for a June release via Warner Bros. Records, the band will be on the road through mid-July. See their current schedule below.

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Mastodon 2014 Tour Dates:

04/28 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
04/29 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05/01 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05/02 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theater
05/03 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
05/04 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05/05 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05/07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05/08 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater
05/09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
05/10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
05/12 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
05/13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05/15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05/16 - Boston, MA - The Palladium
05/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
05/18 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range
05/28 - Helsinki, FI - Sonisphere Festival
05/30 - Stockholm, SE - STHLM Festival
06/01 - Oslo, NO - Sonisphere Festival
06/03 - Horsens, DK - Jailhouse Rock Festival
06/04 - Hamburg, DE - Imtech Arena
06/06 - Nuremberg, DE - Rock im Park
06/07 - Nurburg, DE - Rock am Ring
06/09 - Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival
06/11 - Pratteln, CH - Z7 Konzertfabrik
06/13 - Manchester, UK - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/26 - Zwolle, NL - Hedon
06/26 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
06/28 - Dessel, BE - Graspop
06/29 - Moscow, RU - Park Live
07/03 - Arras, FR - Main Square Festival
07/04 - Paris, FR - Le Zenith
07/06 - Hertfordshire, UK - Sonisphere UK07/18 - Nordfjordeid, NO - Malakoff Rock Festial07/19 - Tromoso, NO - Bukta Open Air Festival

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    Just as an FYI, this is a radio edit, or something along those lines. The album version of this song is over 5 minutes long.
    Not what I was expecting but I'm still pretty ****ing excited regardless. I'm not too big a fan of the chorus, however, the guitar parts are delicious.
    I wasn't to excited while listening to it but it felt just like Curl of the Burl. It sounds not too impressive on the first listen but it grows on you til you love it.
    I dig it. The riff is cool, the intro is great, and the chorus is catchy, I'm looking forward to the album.
    I really love Mastodon, and I love them even more for trying new shit. MASTODON is the argument for metal fans, who LIKE change. Yes, this is different, yes it is nothing like their previous albums, but you know what? It's rad.
    I loved it. Sludgy like Remission with the heavy riffs of Leviathan and that great production and super prog elements of Crack the Skye. I think the lyrics in the chorus could be better. I kind of expected more from Mastodon, but this is just a single and the instrumentation is exactly what I was hoping for! Super excited for this album and I'm seeing them May 8th in Chicago. Does anyone think they'll play stuff from the new album on this upcoming tour?
    I love it as well, but if you're disappointed in the lyrics just take a look at the lyrics to the songs off of Remission and Call of the Mastodon. They aren't much different in their simplicity.
    Nope, but I'm more interested in what you think are super prog elements because at least the radio edit is a straightforward rock song.
    Why even bother with the radio edit when they've posted the original on their website? The quality is infinitely better and the radio edit cuts out one of the best parts in the song.
    scratch that bit about "cutting out one of the best parts in the song" I was being abit dumb.
    Really feeling this song it's so catchy and heavy! Can't wait for the new album and to see them live in the summer!
    This sounds really promising. I'm looking forward to hearing a lot more new stuff from them when I see them, for a third time, at Sonisphere this year!
    Hot damn that main riff is seriously heavy. The harmonised solo kicks major ass, not something they usually do but I really loved it. My only gripe WAS the chorus but after a few listens it works somehow. Great job Mastodon.
    UG, check the tour dates. Gave me a heart attack when it said United Kingdom instead of Tennessee
    The main riff is so chunky and I love it. It makes me think of a riff that would fit right between Leviathan's release and Blood Mountain's release. Lovin' that.
    Main riff sounds reminiscent of Behemoth and guitar harmony of Iron Maiden - me likey!!
    Not my favorite thing by them, but I've only listened once. I'm sure it'll grow on me. Production on the vocals sounds a little weird.
    As a long time fan of Mastodon this just feels like more of the same. Then, I wasn't a huge fan of The Hunter. But this is just a single so I'm still looking forward to hearing more before making a more definite decision
    I have similar sentiments about it. Sucks you were down voted for an opinion shared by anyone who was a fan before crack the skye
    I love Mastodon but for better or worse they are the new Metallica.
    Wow, this is just silly. Their musical styles are WAY different. Besides, there will never BE a new "Metallica", because the industry which made them as popular and as successful as they were/are doesn't exist anymore and probably never will.
    Your missing his point. Metallica went soft and became mainstream with the black album like mastodon is doing now. Nothing bad about it except for possibly alienating fans
    Mainstream is a bit of a loaded word, but this. They've settled down a little, gotten groovier. People get older man and it ain't bad.
    Avenged Sevenfold are the new Metallica that you want it or not that's the truth... When i see all my friends, they don't listen to metal, but they listen to Avenged Sevenfold :/
    well done you clever moron's downvoting him i have avenged but it's the ****ing truth don't be so mindless ****ing elitists
    Vicryl 2.0
    Backstreet Boys is more tolerable than A7X's new record you mindless f*cking elitist.
    I wouldn't call them Metallica but doing the same thing they did between injustice for all and the black album/ load = crack the skye to the hunter/ this
    Idk if it's just me, but I felt the chorus was dying for some King Diamond vocals.
    Yeah....this is going to sound bad live... xD
    I don't think so, man. Brann has handled high vocals really well in the past. Don't be fooled by the mastering of the vocals, it sounds super high, but it actually isn't.
    I think he might be pointing more towards Troy's vocals. In my opinion, Troy is best with the low, gritty vocals. He can hit those spot-on in live situations. But when Troy does the higher vocals, I have to say it is very hit and miss.
    Meh. If I didn't know it was new Mastodon music then I wouldn't think much of it.
    First off, I sobered up years ago, so I'm not talking sh*t about his choice to sober up...but it seems like Bill needs to start getting loaded again!! It's for the sake of the music, Bill!!!
    I think it's quite good! I've been listening it on my shit laptop speakers though. The riff is reminiscent of Leviathan. The chorus is catchy, but not in an incredibly boring and predictable way. Definitely a lot better than what I expected, a million times better than Curl of the Burl.After hearing this I'm really looking forward to this album.
    Very beautiful song, been listening to it all day long, I hope the rest of the album goes this way quality-wise.
    Bill was quoted as saying Mastodon wasn't going to be screaming on their albums anymore. I think it's interesting to see a heavy band move away from screaming their lyrics, especially now days when the trend is that every band has to have screaming vocals to be considered "heavy" or "good". I think it's kind of a refreshing change. Don't get me wrong I love a good hardcore/metalcore/thrash/etc. record but Mastodon just isn't that kind of band. They've always had a bit of a classic metal vibe in my opinion. I'm excited for the new album and can't wait to hear what they've done!