Mastodon to release new album 'Emperor Of Sand'

Photo by Jimmy Hubbard

Photo by Jimmy Hubbard

Internationally celebrated heavy rock icons Mastodon are proud to announce the title, track-listing, and release date of their eighth studio album, Emperor Of Sand — the follow-up to their universally praised 2014 album Once More 'Round The Sun. The album will be released on March 31st via Reprise Records.
 
Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. “Emperor Of Sand is like the grim reaper,” says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. “Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?’”“We’re reflecting on mortality,” adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. “To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It’s 17 years in the making, but it’s also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.”
 
Emperor Of Sand was recorded in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon’s hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.
 
Over the course of Mastodon’s career, the band members have fearlessly continued to push themselves towards greater creative heights on their recorded output. Each studio album has united an ever-expanding worldwide legion of fans who have come to expect the unexpected twists and turns that have elevated Mastodon to become one of the most respected and influential creative forces in rock music.

EMPEROR OF SAND Tracklisting 1. Sultan’s Curse 2. Show Yourself 3. Precious Stones 4. Steambreather 5. Roots Remain 6. Word To The Wise 7. Ancient Kingdom 8. Clandestiny 9. Andromeda 10. Scorpion Breath 11. Jaguar God

EMPEROR OF SAND Tracklisting

1. Sultan’s Curse

2. Show Yourself

3. Precious Stones

4. Steambreather

5. Roots Remain

6. Word To The Wise

7. Ancient Kingdom

8. Clandestiny

9. Andromeda

10. Scorpion Breath

11. Jaguar God