Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher discussed the approach that the band intends to take in the future, dubbing screaming and yelling a "thing of the past."
Noting that the guys have become much more professional when it comes to vocal practice, Bill told Loudwire:
"I think us screaming and yelling is kind of a thing of the past. But also, our music back then lends itself to more of that style of screaming because the music was really in that direction. We just kind of wrote in any old fashion, just kind of let it fly, let the s--t fly. We didn't really know how to write songs, we just kind of threw riffs together and screamed over it and people liked it.
"I guess we just kind of matured and maybe we lost some fans who liked that about us, but we can't continue to write like that on purpose," the guitarist continued. "Every record to me is a snapshot of the frame of mind our band was in, who we were as people when we wrote those riffs."
Further explaining the lack of screaming, Kelliher brought up a few classic rock role models, saying, "I think it gets harder and harder as you get older to keep screaming and screaming and screaming about s--t, you know? I think the songs we write are getting a little more rock, a little bit of rock going on and little more thought behind the groove.
"We're constantly evolving and are more about the groove and feel rather than just playing as fast as we can or sounding as complicated as possible. Let's put more of our effort into writing a song that feels like something Zeppelin would do, AC/DC or Black Sabbath. They didn't play as fast or as slow as they could, they just made songs. I think we’re slowly gravitating towards that in an organic fashion," he concluded.
New Mastodon studio album "Once More Round the Sun" is set for June release via Warner Bros. The record was recently announced with "High Road" single.