Discussing the band's upcoming studio album "Once More Round the Sun," Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor touched on the matter of the way music affects people, in a way equalizing the feelings one might get from the work of either Slayer or Mozart.
"[Music] genres are put into place for whatever purpose they serve, identification or to be able to categorize something is important for a lot of people," Brann told Revolver. "But for me, music is more based on an evocative feeling or attachment you have to it.
"The feeling you get from a Stevie Wonder song is the same feeling you get from a Slayer song. Or this Slayer song is the same feeling you get from a Mozart piece. So genre kind of melts away when you put it in those parameters," the drummer said.
Giving a more detailed description of the new effort, Dailor noted, "As far as themes are concerned, it's abstract sort of esoteric lyrics, but it all extremely personal subject matters that are masked heavily. We don't like to be too transparent when it comes to the lyrics and we don't want to spell things out for people because I feel like that's sort of cheating them. It doesn’t give them the opportunity to own that piece of music or the lyrical content."
Focusing on the vibe, the drummer added, "But it sounds evil to me. It sounds pretty dark, but deceptively so. It's not so obviously there. I can't really put my finger on what kind of music it is. Obviously some of the songs are super heavy, but it's really all over the place. We are sort of more excited about the prospect of offering varieties. We have to go all over the place with it or we're not really happy with it. But there are some songs on here that are just bizarre and I'm not sure what they are, but they sound super cool, evil, and trippy."