Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher gave an update on the band's new album, confirming major headway and some "tasty riffs" ahead.
Chatting with Backstage Axxess at this year's NAMM convention, Bill noted: "It's about 70 percent done I would say. We're just adding all the vocals now, and I think it's a masterpiece. I think it's awesome. It sounds great to me."
Adding he's yet to get fully involved with the record due to touring schedules of his side project Primate, Bill focused on the sound Mastodon's been mixing up. "It's got a little bit of everything, just like any Mastodon record," he said. "We've got about 15 songs and we have to like chisel it down to like maybe 10 or 11."
Kelliher elaborated further, saying, "It's got a lot of good melodies and really nice clean vocals. I hear a lot of Brann [Dailor] singing on there - which is great. It's just a tasty riff-filled record, like what you would expect from us. It's also a little different, cause we don't write the same record over and over. We try not to, we try to expand and challenge ourselves with this and that."
The album is currently tentatively due this summer. The group will also hit the US road later in April alongside Gojira and Kvelertak. Details here.