Mastodon Working On 'Radioheadish' Sounds On Next Album

Atlanta metalheads Mastodon have started writing their new record and plan to hit the studio in early 2013.

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Mastodon are coming off one of their more well-received albums with "The Hunter" and they're in the mood to keep things rolling. Singer-guitarist Brent Hinds reveals that writing is currently underway on their follow-up and there's potential that they'll begin recording just after the start of 2013.

Hinds tells, "We've never put out an album a year. That would be unlike us, so maybe we could tour for another year on 'The Hunter.' It's very possible." Mastodon is wrapping up a South American tour with the possibility that Hinds will follow with some West End Motel shows in support of their "Only Time Can Tell" disc. Once that is done, Hinds says there's a chance that a January Mastodon recording session could follow.

As for the Mastodon stuff he's been working on of late, he explains, "A lot of the stuff I'm writing is in open G-minor. I'm playing a lot of slide guitar and just getting really Jimmy Page-y on the place and getting really eerie and Radioheadish and very spooky sounding.

According to Loudwire, Hinds says he has three songs worth of material, but he adds, "It could be one gigantic one. I haven't made up my mind yet." Regardless of how far along he is, he's confident that the rest of his bandmates are also working toward the common goal of a new record. He concludes, "Those dudes are always working. There's never really a shortage of music with Mastodon because all of us are working on something musically. I'm in good company. Just because they might [see me] stand in the middle of the stage or something, people might think this is the leader. He must conduct everything, but we're all the leaders. We spread the weight around."

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    Hell yeah! I've been anticipating a new release even though the hunter was released a year ago
    With the brutallity of Remission and the technicity of Crack the Skye, they have nothing else to prove ! The Hunter was not bad, but it's not the stuff I was expecting from them.
    Do you mean technical skill? Because despite "Crack the Skye" being quite good, it's not really a technical album. Just look at some of their tabs on the site here. /shrug
    If it's Radiohead-ish, I hope it sounds more like OK Computer and less like King of Limbs.
    The Hunter was good, but it was certainly my least favorite LP by them. I wish "Radioheadish" meant eerie atmospheric stuff book-ending some crushing Leviathanesque riffs, but I'm assuming they're just never writing those again.
    Remission was best.
    Hell yeah, I listen to Remission every day, I can't get enough of it. It has that perfect blend of beautiful, haunting guitar licks and then heavy as **** crunching lows. I always picture it as a butterfly and an elephant dancing, and funnily enough, I watched a recent interview with Brent where he said he was a country guitarist who plays picky country song type licks and Bill is the heavy metal guy. Apparently he plays the light melodic stuff and then Bill tells him to drop the bomb, so that's why they have these peaks and valleys in their songs.
    Ya Brent even said in an interview once that his dad made him learn the banjo as his first instrument! You can definitely hear it in some of his solos.
    I can't wait to hear this. "Blood Mountain" is still my favorite but they haven't let me down yet. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next...
    I'm very much looking forward to a new album! These guys are rock! And I'd like to thank UG for naming Hinds' project (west end motel), they're nothing like Mastodon but very well worth a listen!
    I remember when Dave said thirteen was going sound queens of the stoneage-ish...didn't really hear it. Wish bands would stop comparing themselves to other bands that they sound nothing like. On another note, can't wait for the new album, really liked the hunter.
    Good news, I wonder if the South American tour refers to the festivals they did this year of they are coming back in 2013
    I've officially given up all hope for the old Mastodon to return. It's cool they're trying something new, but I just wish they would've stuck with the heavy proggy stuff that made me fall in love with them.. But I'll check it out anyway of course
    You can always listen to that one record you enjoy for the rest of eternity... Seems like getting stuck on one thing is your kinda thing man
    If I might add my two cents on this topic, I agree with him. Sure, let them experiment, but they've taken it rather far, and into a lot of vocal stuff when none of them are particularly great singers. I'd love to hear them emphasize instrumentals again. Blood and Thunder is one of my favorite heavy metal songs, and Leviathan was great because it was such a proggy, heavy, trudgy album.
    It's not getting stuck on one thing. It's just not digging the things they're doing now, and being disappointed about it. I'd rather see one of my favorite bands put out an other record I can listen to for the rest of eternity, then seeing them release something that has none of the things that made me love them. I'm just sad we'll probably never have another great like Leviathan , blood mountain or crack the skye.
    As much as I love Radiohead I love Mastodon more, and I'd hate to see them change their style too much. Hopefully they still sound enough like Mastodon.
    I want to hear some Bill Kelliher singing on this one! Come on Bill we know you have it in you!
    I'm still waiting for this band to really click on me. This may help.
    if you haven't listened to their entire studio catalogue, i suggest doing so. about a bunch of times haha.
    Well, I gave The Hunter 2 or 3 tries, not really my thing...
    It took a little while (AKA 2 or 3 years haha) for this band to really click with me. If you like 70's prog rock like Genesis, Yes, etc. AND like metal like I do you might really dig these guys. For a long time I always thought they were "ok" but one day listening to them I was just like "Damn, these guys are f**king AMAZING!". The Hunter isn't a good one to start with. I'd definitely suggest "Blood Mountain" or "Leviathan" and really giving it a shot. They're not for everyone but in my opinion they're one of the best metal bands to come around in the last 15 years or so... and I'm REALLY picky when it comes to heavy music.
    I 100% agree with this man! but i'd say those 2 or crake the skye as an intro. crack the skye is good if your not wanting to go for a more 70's prog and less shouting.
    Thanks dudes. I'll listen to Leaviathan, then, since I'm not in the mood for shouting right now.
    If you're ever in the mood for some shouting from these guys listen to Remission or, even heavier yet, Call of the Mastodon.
    Why? If you don't like the sound then why should you listen to their entire discography, you will basically Stockholm Syndrome yourself into liking it instead of actually liking it. I always suggest listening to a bands best reviewed album a few times, and if you do not like that then don't listen (unless the band has a major change in sound, in which case try those albums out as well.) OT: Don't really care about Mastodon, if they release an album that sounds like Kid A I will be intrigued though.
    every mastodon album has a different sound, so your statement doesnt really carry much weight.
    Not really, I have 3 mastodon albums (Crack the Skye, Leviathan and Blood Mountain)and there are only subtle differences (Devin Townsend is an example of a guy who has a different sound on most of his albums), I would suggest Leviathan though if someone asked what their best album was.
    Mastodon need to be more trippy. This sounds like a good move on Hinds' end. They're clearly going to outgrow the metal side of them, they're all pretty much in their fourties, so it'd be rather badass to see them become a somewhat heavy psychedelic band. The Hunter, imo, made it sound like they wanted to try and write the heavier stuff but didn't succeed because none of them really want to do heavy anymore
    Want some more "Remission" stuff to be honest. I love everything they've done so far, but I want them to release some heavy stuff again.
    I would love that too, but Brann said that they've grown out of the "Remission/Call of the Mastodon style" in an interview with Fuse TV, and that if they ever tried again it would probably be terrible. Personally I'd rather have them keep evolving rather than going back and screwing up; besides they've never released a bad album to date so I have high hopes for this one.
    I'm happy as long as they don't work with the producer from the hunter. I'm a HUGE mastodon fan but the hunter was really disapointing for me, mostly because it was so overproduced.
    Honestly the whole producer issue stems from the fact that they brought in Mike Elizondo, who primarily worked with Dr. Dre and Eminem. Actually I think this was his first attempt at a metal album. Not too bad considering he really shouldn't have been producing it
    i agree bro, that producer stopped thier writing process short. they would be trying to make a song more complicated and add layers when that guy would tell them they all sounded like full songs. In my opinion the producer was not very smart with his way of handling them, he must have never researched how mastodon does things. all of them were like " yeah it was real stress free record" but it seems as tho they just werent able to work AS hard as the other ones. still a good album tho, just could of been better.
    No, they really intended for the album to be concept free and to be an all-around fun record, while still keeping the essence of Mastodon. I think they achieved just that with The Hunter.
    it can still be concept free and all-around fun while maintianing its complicatedness. like i said, they just gave up on some riffs too early. I still think its a good album, but when comparing it the previous efforts its a little thin.
    I thought it sounded like they were trying to be torche and didnt pull it off at all. There was none of the rawness that I loved about mastodon, and it just sounded weak. The title track and spectrelight were cool though.
    Radiohead are ok, my issue with them, and muse for that matter, is that people refer to them as prog. Being able to fiddle around with fx pedals does not make you prog. I really hope mastodon stick to their sound and not ruin a well written album with the ambition of being FXprog.
    Muse has plenty of prog elements. Concepts, long multi part songs, and odd times/dynamics to name a few.
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    That's actually not true at all, The Hunter was supposed to be a concept album about Brent's deceased brother, but they ultimately scrapped the idea before completing the album.
    I respect any musician who has the balls to venture out from their old traditional style, and still sound amazing. I totally commend them for this and I'm looking forward to this album!
    Misleading title...He means Radiohead atmospherically, not "this is our Radiohead album"
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    I'd love to hear more 7 minute prog songs like Crack The Skye but 3 minute Hunter/Leviathan style stuff is just as fine
    Eh, I'm all for bands evolving, even if they evolve in ways I don't like. That's what the old albums are for. But I feel like they completely passed me by. I love prog, I like rock just fine, but I have no interest in hearing it from the band who wrote albums like Remission or Leviathan, because it doesn't hold up imo.
    Love this band. Some albums I like more than others, but I'm still excited to hear anything new from them.
    On another note, Brann Dailor looks like Alan Tudyk, and I wish they'd make a music video where he played a pilot.
    Nevermind that comment. He does from a distance, especially in their earlier music videos, but close up not at all.
    crazysam23_Atax, but what does Hinds' description of all that mean? It's very vague-ish, like..."It'll kind of sound like this, kind of like that..."
    Good! Keep it vague UG, no spoilers! I want this album to surprise me in the best way possible.