New Mastodon record seems to be shaping up rather well, as axeman Bill Kelliher recently gave a new update concerning "The Hunter" follow-up, hinting at a tentative spring release.
During a chat with the Examiner, Kelliher confirmed that the metal four-piece has over 25 new tracks ready to record.
"Before we left for the European tour, we got into a studio with a producer," the guitarist kicked off. "We started just putting ideas down on tape, so to speak. We have about 25 to 30 songs that are ready for the new record. We're obviously not gonna use all 30 of them, but we're in a much better place than we've ever been as far as being prepared during pre-production for an album."
The axeman then focused on the release date, saying, "We'd like to get the record finished by the end of the year and have it out as soon as Christmas and all the holidays are over with - maybe, like, March or April, it would be great to have the new record out and then do a brand new tour on some new music."
According to the previous reports, the band is looking to hit the studio in September, making the spring release quite realistic.
"We'll probably record in September, maybe, I'm guessing," drummer Brann Dailor said during a Forta Rock interview. "But nothing is set in stone at the moment. We're pretty close, as far as our demos are concerned, we're getting there."
As the sixth Mastodon studio release, "The Hunter" saw its release in September 2011 via Reprise/Roadrunner Records. After scoring a No. 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, it went on to sell over 75,000 copies in the US.