FRIDAY, MAY 15TH – Bethlehem’s Sands Event Center was a stop on The Missing Link tour, a co-headlining event featuring Clutch and Mastodon.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Clutch and Mastodon will be coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 15th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10AM!
More info on the tour below: Continue reading Clutch and Mastodon are taking the stage at the SBEC!
Excited about the upcoming tour, guitarist Bill Kelliher says:
“Mastodon touring with Kvelertak and Gojira !!! Man, this is one tour dream come true! First of all Kvelertak and Gojira are 2 of my favorite bands at the moment, both putting out slamming records last year.
We toured with them on off shows from the Soundwaves festivals in Australia and I remember thinking what a great package/lineup this would be to bring to the states, and now it’s happening.
GAME ON!!!” – BK
Mastodon have been in the studio in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. More details about the new album will be announced soon. Until then, stay tuned to www.mastodonrocks.com. Details on the release of Mastodon’s anticipated 6th studio effort will be revealed soon.
Mastodon’s complete upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:
04/28 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
04/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
05/02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
05/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
05/04 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
05/05 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
05/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/10 Toronto, ONT. CAN The Sound Academy
05/12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05/15 New York, NY Terminal 5
05/16 Boston, MA The Palladium
05/17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
05/18 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range Festival
Mastodon Live At Brixton has recently been released and is available now. This live concert experience is available as an audio-only version and a live digital video version directed by Ryan Mackfall (Crashburn Media) (both featuring the full 97-minute performance) and is available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The full set-list is as follows:
Dry Bone Valley
I Am Ahab
Colony of Birchmen
Ghost of Karelia
All The Heavy Lifting
Curl of the Burl
Circle of Cysquatch
Crack The Skye
Where Strides The Behemoth
March of the Fireants
Blood and Thunder
“This is mainly a follow-up to Josh’s picks. I have not written up any reasons as to why I picked the albums I did, but I know that I absolutely love these albums, and they should be recognized for being terrific releases. It’s nothing fancy, but give some of these a listen and then have some fun making your own top 20 list. Without further or do here is the list I have come up with……ENJOY!”
- Foo Fighters – Wasting The Light
- Touché Amoré – Parting the Sea Between You and Me
- Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday
- Thrice – Major/Minor
- Childish Gambino – Camp
- Radiohead – King of Limbs
- Animals As Leaders – Weightless
- Retox – Ugly Animals
- Foster The People – Torches
- The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules
- Samiam – Trips
- Hell Beach – Welcome To Hell Beach
- Pianos Become Teeth – The Lack Long After
- Thursday – No Devolucion
- Mastodon – Hunter
- Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Bird Club – Self Titled
- Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
- Aficionado – Aficionado
- Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain II
“This is mainly a list of albums I feel are the top 20 albums and is mainly opinion. Again take a listen to some of these, and then have some fun making your own lists and post them.”
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Chris Meyers – When Chris Meyers isn’t helping out with writing and conducting interviews with bands, he can be found refusing to giving up his seat to little old ladies on the bus because he’s a jerk. Sometimes.
“By all accounts a very strong album, but it lacks to conciseness and directness of ‘Chasing Hamburg.’ A few of the songs meander and would have benefited from some more judicious editing. However there are many songs on here that rank as some of the best they have ever written. Here’s looking at you ‘Kneel On Nails,’ ‘Killin’ It,’ ‘Screams In Caves,’ ‘Life Between The Lines,’ and ‘Bottled Wind.’
Trim the fat and you have a top 15, top 10 candidate.”
“Some will cry foul at my not having this higher while many others will object to it being included at all. This is a bit of a grower as it’s not nearly as aggressive as much of the Swedes’ past work. Their interest in exploring prog-rock tends to reward those who are willing to sit through the album multiple times. Also refreshing for the band, every song is less than nine minutes. Most of the tracks are well under this which is a a decided change from the group that is known for not being shy about topping the 20 minute mark. In a strange way, this makes the album more digestible but at the same time, you still have to put forth the effort. Once you get it, you really get it.”
“Another grower. Their first full-length ‘Get Better’ is a little shorter, a little more immediate and a bit better of an introduction to the band. This album tries some different tunings and different approaches that often aren’t as immediate. Some of the songs can hook you right off the bat (‘Pleaser,’ ‘Different Girls,’ ‘Bloomer’, ‘Chautauqua County,’ and ‘The One’ did just that for me) but most of the other tracks will grow on you in time. Sometimes the less immediate rewards are the ones you remember better.” Continue reading Decent Exposure Radio’s Top 25 Albums of 2011
Mastodon has proven itself to be a band with the talent to back up its ambition. It’s hard to get much more ambitious than 2009’s Crack The Skye. That album saw the band reach the apex of their prog-rock tendencies. How would they top that? Of course, the answer is to go in a completely different direction.
The Hunter doesn’t feature any ten minute, meandering dirges. Instead, the songs are consistently concise, lacking the overarching themes that dominated past works. We are left with 13 disparate songs that all stand on their own.
‘Black Tongue’ is a powerhouse first single and ‘Blasteroid’ doesn’t let up from the moment it starts while ‘Curl of the Burl’ sees the band embracing their Southern roots like never before. The most mellow moment is the title track which is devoted to singer/guitarist Brent Hinds’ late brother. After an extended psychedelic passage that doesn’t really go anywhere, ‘Creature Lives’ lets drummer Brann Dailor take on his first lead vocal. His voice was a nice ingredient in the past because it was used sparingly but the song doesn’t really highlight it especially well. ‘Spectrelight’ features Scott Kelly of Neurosis (a frequent collaborator with the band) in what just might be the heaviest and most intense song Mastodon has ever released.
You could make the argument that the band is at its best when constructing a cohesive narrative. It would certainly tie everything together nicely, but when you have so many good songs collected together, you end up with yet another exceptional album. Who can argue with that?
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J.J. Ellis – When J.J. Ellis isn’t writing as the Allentown DVD Examiner, his Decent Exposure Radio can be heard on the air every Friday night from 10:30 to midnight (EST) on WXLV 90.3 FM or wxlvradio.com!