MASTODON Reveal New Album Emperor Of Sand

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 12:55 AM

Animated Video For New Song “Sultan’s Curse” Now Streaming

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MASTODON will release their new studio album, Emperor Of Sand, on March 31st via Reprise Records. Today the band has debuted an animated video for the new song, “Sultan’s Curse”, and you can watch it below.

To pre-order Emperor Of Sand in various formats, go HERE.

The deluxe pre-order package will contain the album on double 180-gram vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket along with a bonus Color-In-Your-Own vinyl jacket, plus an exclusive box of MASTODON colored pencils. In addition fans will also receive a digital copy of the entire album on March 31st, along with an instant download of "Sultan's Curse". Emperor Of Sand will also be available digitally and on CD.

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.

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:

  • “Sultan’s Curse”
  • “Show Yourself”
  • “Precious Stones”
  • “Steambreather”
  • “Roots Remain”
  • “Word To The Wise”
  • “Ancient Kingdom”
  • “Clandestiny”
  • “Andromeda”
  • “Scorpion Breath”
  • “Jaguar God”

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