Mastodon's Kelliher Planning to Work With Opeth, In Flames Members: 'Just Something Fun'

Guitarist also talks new album, says "We're not AC/DC, we don't write the same song for 40 years."

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Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher has stated that he's still very much interested in working on a side project with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt and guitarist Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames.

"It's harder than I thought it would be," Bill kicked off during a Rock Sverige interview. "It's definitely a plan."

Explaining how he started exchanging ideas and riffs online with Bjorn, the guitarist confessed, "I stalled out on that." Asked on whether fans can expect an album in the future, Kelliher replied, "I don't know. Just something fun. Because we were on tour and we were bored."

During a separate Artisan News chat, Bill discussed the band's latest album "Once More 'Round the Sun" and the sonic transition Mastodon made. "You can't please all of the people all of the time," he said.

"For us, it's the record that we had to make. As artists, we have to evolve and keep writing a little bit different every time. The music changes, we're not AC/DC, who write the same-tempo song for 40 years," Kelliher added.

Finally, the band has unveiled the new album's limited 2LP edition unboxing. The package's gorgeous to say the least, you can order it here. Check out the clips below for more.

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    This can only be awesome! first Troy with Killed be Killed and now Bill with Opeth/In Flames... this will be interesting!
    Now lets see what Brann and Brent have planned.... Whoa. I just looked it up and Brann's birthday is 2 days after mine. Weird... that and he's gonna be 40 next year. Even weirder...
    i thought Once More Round the Sun was great.
    Took me a few listens but I actually am liking it. Not as much as The Hunter or Blood Mountain mind you. But I still think it's a decent album.
    I doubt very much that Mikael is interested in anything 'modern metal' at this point.
    Opeth and Mastodon? All I can think of is the band Anciients, who pretty much sound like Mastodon playing Opeth songs.
    I don't know what it is about him but Bill always seems like the most calm member of Mastodon. While everyone else is out doing all this weird shit I hardly see him doing anything.