Mastodon Drummer 'Trying to Recreate Phil Collins Drum Sound' on New Album

"He's one of my favorite drummers," Brann Dailor adds.

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Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor recently talked drums on the band's upcoming album "Once More Round the Sun," sharing somewhat of an unexpected drumming role model - Phil Collins.

"As far as drum lines go, I'm carrying on from where I was on the last record and trying to recreate the Phil Collins drum sound," Brann told Decibel magazine. "As funny as that might seem to a lot of people, he's one of my favorite drummers, and has always possessed one of the most incredible drum sounds.

"So, I try to get that really Brody tom sound, take the bottom heads off '70s-style," he continued (via PRP). "I just think it makes the tom sounds real cool and no one, especially with heavy metal ... I don't know, the drums don't sound interesting to me in modern heavy music, so I look to the past to find something that's cooler and gives it a little more character."

Mastodon have recently premiered new song "High Road," available for streaming below. The band is set to kick off their three-month North American tour on April 28 in Seattle, Washington. The record itself is set for a June release via Warner Bros.

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    That Youtube compression.... Can't wait to hear its unmolested form.
    Don't Ask
    This just got me way more hyped for the next Mastodon-record. I have to agree with him, Phil Collins is one of my favorite drummers as well. His old work with Genesis is amazing.
    I was a little disappointed with the drum mix for their new song tbh. I'm hoping it sounds better on CD.
    I think that's cool. Brann has definitely mentioned before he was a big Genesis fan. It's always awesome to see a big band still have influences shine through. In my opinion that's the evolution, change over time with elements of their predecessors. It's cool to see progression. Brann is growing as a drummer. He's fast, he's fill heavy, but he's also kind of showing a different side of his skill and learning to just be a rock solid beat instead of the third guitar (which I liked). He's just showing his range as a musician.
    does this mean they are adding gated reverb to their songs?
    hopefully, that would be amazing, but Brann likes earlier Genesis so he might be going for a "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" or "Selling England By The Pound" sound.
    Don't Ask
    Nothing wrong with that. I'd count those two albums as quite possibly the best albums ever recorded. The drums might be mixed slightly low on both, but overall the drums sounds great (as far as my untrained ears are concerned) and Collins' drumming is simply fantastic.
    Exactly, and it's really awesome to see Brann talk about that. That might be the most underrated part of Phil's drumming is the sounds he could get! In the 70's only Bonham had a more distinct drum tone imo.
    I just don't know how I feel about this premiered song. It doesn't sound like a song that will resonate in my head when I think of Mastodon. Unfortunately I feel the same way with The Hunter. I know this isn't a concept album, but it lacks the complexity that I hope for. Maybe the rest will be different.
    "High Road" sounds awfully similar to "Black Tongue" in my opinion. Not to thrilled by it.