Axeman Bill Kelleher of US metal four-piece Mastodon recently discussed some of the themes that might occur on the band's upcoming yet-untitled album.
During a chat with Artisan News, Kelliher singled out death as a subject always worth returning to. "It always makes for really good story telling," he said. "It's kind of the theme that we have a lot in our music."
"We've had a lot of friends pass away since the last record," the guitarist noted. "I'm not really sure yet. I think we're kind of focusing more about living on this earth and what would happen if this was your last year to live. I think that's sort of maybe a little bit of what we might be kind of touching on."
Kelliher said he is in a good place in life at the moment, something that will clearly be reflected through his music.
"Art reflects life," he said. "How you're feeling and your mood. I played a riff for Brann [Dailor] and he was, like, 'That sounds kind of happy. Are we happy now?' I don't know ... I am, I'm a pretty happy guy. So that's kind of how we work - it's pretty simple. But we'll have to see."
Mastodon are looking to unleash their new effort sometime during next spring. The band reportedly already has around 30 demos prepared and is set to hit the studio in September.
The latest Mastodon release, "The Hunter," dropped in September 2011 as the group's fifth studio record. After landing at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, it went on to ship over 75,000 units in the US.