Mastodon Looking to Hit the Studio in September

Drummer Brann Dailor confirms that the band has demoed the songs for the new album.

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Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor recently confirmed that the band is hoping to enter the studio this September and start working on a follow-up to their 2011 record "The Hunter."

During a chat with Forta Rock, the stickman discussed the band' work progress, saying that the metal four-piece is "pretty close" and "getting there."

"We'll probably record in September, maybe, I'm guessing," Dailor said. "But nothing is set in stone at the moment. We're pretty close, as far as our demos are concerned, we're getting there."

After confirming that the new songs are already demoed, the drummer went on to discuss the writing process, saying, "It happens a bunch of different ways. Every way that it can possibly happen, it happens that way. It doesn't really become a Mastodon song unless everyone has touched it in some way."

Back in the early May, the group confirmed they are "very busy" working on the new album. "For those of you who are interested, yes, we have been very busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio Mastodon album," read the official announcement. "We are down at our space hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album."

Bassist/singer Troy Sanders gave more specific details regarding the new album, calling it a continuation of the previous effort.

"We've got the skeletons of enough songs for an entire album," Sanders told Artist Direct. "We're thinking of vocal ideas and putting together as much rough demos as we can before we go overseas so we can listen to everything over the summer. Then, when we return from the tour, we'll know what we want to keep, delete, and add."

As the sixth Mastodon studio effort, "The Hunter" dropped in September 2011 via Reprise/Roadrunner Records. After debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, it ultimately sold over 75,000 copies in the US.

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    The Hunter was their fifth record
    It is the sixth. You're forgetting about Call of the Mastodon.
    Wouldn't it be seventh then? Remission, Leviathan, Call of the Mastodon (since you're counting a remastered EP), Blood Mountain, Crack the Skye, The Hunter, and now this new one?..
    Can't wait for this. Need to go buy the rest of their albums before this comes out....
    Hahaha Brann just could not be f@cked with this interview could he. Can't wait to hear new Mastodon!!
    sharpen up those linoleum knifes gents! we got some balls deep riffage headed our way!
    So are Mastodon a well received band? I saw them very briefly at Leeds Fest last year but my friends dragged me away.
    Their sets in festivals that I attended suffered from the mix due to short time (not an headliner), but their performances were epic and their studio work is awesome too, you can give it a shot !
    "pretty close" and "getting there" All I've been hearing from Mastodon, Tool, and System of a Down for about a year now.
    Except Mastodon are actually writing an album. Neither SOAD or Tool have actually confirmed an album. Certain members of both bands have simply said they are writing new music.
    no im pretty confident tool has confirmed there will be a new album. but its only been 2 years since the Hunter...6 years for Tool and 7 for SOAD. pretty big difference.
    Can't wait to hear some stuff from theses guys again. Well at least something good this year eh.