Best Metal Performance: "Sultans Curse"
Seventh Studio Album On 180g Pink Vinyl Double LP!
Part Of The Ten Bands One Cause Campaign!
Limited Edition Pink Vinyl - Only 3000 Copies!
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 at The Quarry Recording Studio 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 first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.
There will be a limited one time run of 3000 units of PINK VINYL for this year's Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl charity campaign to support Gilda's Club NYC.
Mastodon is a multi-Grammy nominated hard rock juggernaut. From public endorsements of peers as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, CeeLo Green, and Feist to unanimous praise from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone, the band has accrued a staggering string of accolades. Their latest, Grammy-nominated album, Once More 'Round The Sun debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard chartdisplacing their 2011 album, Hunter, as their highest U.S. chart debut ever.
"Mastodon have one hell of a career to live up to. Speaking of pressure to meet fan expectations, there's arguably no metal act assumed to deliver brilliance on a regular basis like Mastodon." Loudwire
"Mastodon's sound - and their ambition - is bigger than metal." - spin.com
This is the 4th year for the initiative that has raised over $144,000 for Gildas Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989. Since 2014, 30 bands have pressed their albums on pink colored vinyl to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda's Club NYC.
Limited Edition Pink Vinyl - Only 3000 copies
Ten Bands One Cause campaign
1. Sultan's Curse
2. Show Yourself
3. Precious Stones
2. Word To The Wise
1. Ancient Kingdom
1. Scorpion Breath
2. Jaguar God