Mastodon, US prog metal band are one the best around at the moment, a band that does metal without sacrificing their brain (or maybe their soul !)
Well, they have recently secured the fantastic producer Brendan O'Brien to produce their next record: Brendan has previously produced ACDC, Pearl Jam and Velvet Revolver
Drummer Brann Dailor has recently discussed the making of the new album:
"It's a long, arduous process. We've got a skeleton for the whole record and these huge chunks of music four of five different segments that don't have a beginning or end yet... We're just basically in the middle of the record, adding stuff, giving it a taste then adding a little more 'pepper' or 'salt.' Once all the ingredients are in there, you have to bake it — which is just playing it over and over again until it feels right. The main goal is to get the songs right so you don't have to think about the time changes — so you can relax with it and play it how it should be played. There's a level of difficulty to our stuff and if you're too wrapped up in trying to remember how many times something goes and the timing for the next riff, you can't examine the song for being a song. So it takes a while."
The band will team up with another brilliant prog metal group, Trivium for the"The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" European tour in November; first stop November 10, 2008 at Eishalle Deutweg in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Image: Courtesy Relapse Records