Mastodon Looking to 'Surprise Fans' on New Album

"We don't want to keep on releasing the same record over and over again," says guitarist Bill Kelliher.

Mastodon Looking to 'Surprise Fans' on New Album
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Mastodon gave a brief update on their upcoming studio effort, naming the need to surprise fans with fresh material as one of the top priorities.

Chatting with Metal Hammer, guitarist Bill Kelliher noted: "I've spent a lot of time writing over the last six months, trying to come up with new ideas. Every Mastodon record seems to have a different flavor - we don't want to keep on releasing the same record over and over again. We've got to surprise our fans; we're always moving and growing."

Additionally focusing on the new material, the axeman explained: "My stuff tends to be all over the place, there's some simple rock grooves going on but there's also that early, low-tuned heaviness we used on 'Remission' ... there's some really sludgy things going on. There's a song I wrote that’s low, heavy and insidious. Brann [Dailor, drums] thinks it sounds like Darth Vader's 'Imperial March' theme."

The band announced studio entrance earlier last month, adding "it's time to do or die." Additionally, the guys pointed out that the new effort will "pick up" where their latest studio release, 2011's "The Hunter" left off.

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    ripper992
    What's up with these "all over the place" records, it's like every new album is announced with those words lol
    Witt1975
    I think it's a catch-all statement just in case people think that it sucks because "it's not the same as the other stuff" and they can say "Hey, we told you the new album would be all over the place!"...
    DEG_III
    The Hunter was a fairly decent album but I'd be most excited to hear something closer to the more epic, proggy side of Mastodon we heard on Crack The Skye.
    jordo246
    Is this comment ever not going to be on a Mastodon album update.
    mosh_rocker2006
    Exactly! That or..."This album should sound more like Leviathan." You heard it from the men themselves...Every Mastodon record seems to have a different flavor - we don't want to keep on releasing the same record over and over again. We've got to surprise our fans; we're always moving and growing." Time to grow up and accept these guys are doing what they want and not what you want.
    Anjohl
    Read: "Every album gets more accessible, bland, mainstream, and forgettable".
    mosh_rocker2006
    Guess you're one of those types that only listens artists that release the same album year after year.
    whitebeaner
    They could release an album of them farting on a snare drum and it would still be awesome.
    WhineX
    It's gonna be a Jazz record.
    MaXiMuse
    Well, the stuff they write is pretty jazzy, but just with distortion. Stuff like Aqua Dementia, Ghost of Karelia, Quintessence and Sleeping Giant. I think that's what makes them so awesome. (maybe you knew and weren't joking, it's hard to detect sarcasm over the internet)
    8StringTerror
    "but there's also that early, low-tuned heaviness we used on 'Remission' ... there's some really sludgy things going on. There's a song I wrote that’s low, heavy and insidious." This makes me a happy man
    Jehuty
    *Edit* Don't know what happened here, but I double posted. Ignore this.
    KingKrisKhan
    I don't know, the last surprise we got was 'Creature Lives' and hip-hop sounding drums. But it's Mastodon so I'm going to keep an open mind about it.
    crazysam23_Atax
    And what was wrong with that song?
    vikingman369
    probably somebody whining that its in a major key. but i honestly don't give a sh!te. May not be the best Mastodon record ever, but it's still kick-ass in its own right
    tonello
    I'm looking forward to the new record. I loved The Hunter and I thought Crack the Skye was good, but sometimes long winded (particularly The Last Baron, so lets see where the band goes next.
    frax21
    I really didn't like the hunter, too spacey and psichedelic for me. I'd love some "heavier" stuff like Blood Mountain or Leviathan, and I have a soft spot for fast songs which were nowhere to be found on The Hunter.
    Anjohl
    So what, AC/DC covers album? They have nowhere more mainstream to go.