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.
By James Whitlock
Date / Venue: Thursday March 9th, 2017 - The Powerstation, Auckland
Meshuggah hits New Zealand shores next week for a one-off show, launching their Australasian tour in the thunderous style fans have become accustomed to.
International metal superstars Dragonforce have revealed details of their forthcoming, brand new studio album 'Reaching Into Infinity'.
By Ben Doy
Artist: Guns N' Roses
Date / Venue: Saturday February 4th, 2017 - Western Springs, Auckland
By Danny Rodda
Artist: Guns N' Roses
Date / Venue: Thursday February 2nd, 2017 - Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Excitement is reaching fever pitch in Wellington as Westpac Stadium prepares for the world’s greatest rock band Guns N' Roses to take to the stage with their arsenal of hits this Thursday 2nd February.
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.
In exactly one week, the dreams of Guns N’ Roses fans in Wellington will come true with an epic night of rock at Westpac Stadium. Two days later, Auckland fans have their chance to see history being made at the iconic Western Springs Stadium on Waitangi Weekend.
By Wal Reid
Brazilian metallers Sepultura have fans bracing themselves for new album Machine Messiah. The new album is abrasive as it genius, it races along at break-neck speed and is the band's first studio album in four years since The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, notably making it the longest gap between studio albums in their career.
In just 8 weeks Guns N' Roses will bring their arsenal of hits to New Zealand, and it's just been announced that Australian band Wolfmother will join the tour as special guests for both New Zealand stadium shows.